Thursday, February 05, 2015

John Whalen (from Bill Crider's blog)

If you like the weird west, you'll want a copy of this collection.  I found the introduction especially interesting, as Whalen explains the inspiration for each of the stories collected here.  The movies have a lot to do with them, and as a fan of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, I was partial to "Little China," whose title echoes another movie I like.  There's even a story named "Rancho Diablo," but it has no relation to the famous series of novels by the great Colby Jackson.

Hunting Monsters Is My Business: The Mordecai Slate Stories: John M. Whalen: 9781503190924: Books  Undead Tlingit tribesmen rise from their graves in the Yukon. Something not of this world stalks Dodge City. A creature emerges from the ocean on the coast of the Monterey Peninsula. These are just some of the monsters bounty hunter Mordecai Slate is hired to eliminate in HUNTING MONSTERS IS MY BUSINESS. Follow Slate through nine tales of horror and wonder, including a brand new novella written specially for this book.
Monday, November 11, 2013 Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto eBook: John M. Whalen: Kindle Store: “Hunting monsters is my business.” A wealthy New Mexican ranchero hires Monster Hunter Mordecai Slate to track down the vampire who ravished his daughter. Don Pedro Sanchez wants Slate to bring him back alive, so he can have the pleasure of driving in the stake himself. Slate travels from Socorro to Las Cruces where he finds his prey, Kord Manion, and comes up with an unusual way to transport him back north. Kord’s brother, Dax, and his gang of vampire outlaws follow in pursuit, half a day behind. During the chase, Slate stops to rescue a girl in trouble and tries to get her out of harm’s way. His journey leads him to a desert ghost town called Rio Muerto, where he will face his greatest challenge in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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