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Hallowed Ground [Kindle Edition]

Steven Savile , David Niall Wilson , Robert Sammelin
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"She died," Chessie said. "She died, rose, and nearly died again. She comes. The crows know her – the crows guide her. She follows the sound of a crying child. She follows the drag of un-kept promises on her heart." – Chessie – Hallowed Ground

"They came in the night with their creak-wheeled wagons and patchwork tents, rolling down through the gulch and up the other side to pitch camp. In Rookwood, they called it 'Dead man's Gulch,' and in Rookwood, names were important. If you walked too far through that God-forsaken, dust-drowned ditch, you were bound to drag your boots through bones. If you felt something sharp dig into your heel, it could be a tooth taking a last bite of something hot and living. The Deacon stood in silent shadows watching their progress, occasionally glancing up into the pale, inadequate light of the waning moon."

When a man known only as The Deacon set up camp outside Rookwood, a murder of crows took to unnatural, moonlit flight. The crows came to Rookwood; trouble soon to follow. Things were already strange in that God-forsaken town, but no one could have predicted the forces and fates about to meet in a dust-bowl clearing in the desert. A Preacher. A Demon. An Angel. A Gunslinger.

A bargain with the darkness was signed in blood, and broken, and as such deals usually do, it went south. Now the fate of lost lovers, faith healers, ancient Gods and the Devil himself collide in a circle of wagons tended by the damaged and deformed, the saved and the shorn. There's a power come to Rookwood, and this one-horse town is about to be transformed. Such deals are only made and broken…on Hallowed Ground.

From Steven Savile, International bestselling author of Silver, The Last Angel, and The Sufferer's Song, and David Niall Wilson, Bram Stoker Award-winner David Niall Wilson, author of Deep Blue, This is My Blood, & Heart of a Dragon, comes a tale of the old west, magic, enlightenment and damnation readers have said is like Stephen King's The Gunslinger meets Daniel Knauf's Carnivale

Author's Introduction to the 2014 Edition

This is not a typical western. If you are looking for a lot of gunfights, tobacco spitting, and cattle rustling, this is the wrong book. What we set out to do in Hallowed Ground is to create a layered, complex fantasy set against a backdrop of the old west. You have your snake-oil salesman, your gunslinger, young lovers, wandering characters you'll no doubt recognize from mythology, or legend, integrated into a single novel.

No one in Hallowed Ground is exactly who, or what, they seem. You have to keep up with the varied storylines – they all meet in the end, and they are all important. You'll meet Lilith, and the fates, angels and devils, and though each will have an air of familiarity, they aren't exactly as you'll find them anywhere else.

We are hoping to carry this on into a series – we have tentatively outlined a book based on Sam Hill – as in the saying, "What in the Sam Hill?" – explaining some of the legend and fact behind the phrase, and drawing our characters into yet another strange, surreal adventure.

We hope you'll enjoy this book, and if you do, we hope you'll leave us a comment, or a review.

Welcome to Rookwood…


David Niall Wilson & Steven Savile


Praise for Hallowed Ground:

"A surreal, pulp school, darkly fantastic oater that sets all the elements of your favorite western tropes on their ears (and noses, foreheads, and asses)."--Tom Piccirilli, author of Nightjack, The Cold Spot, and The Fever Kill.

"Steven Savile and David Niall Wilson have produced a fine entry in the burgeoning Weird Western genre. Elegantly written, bristling with action and drama, HALLOWED GROUND is intelligent, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining. Readers of both Westerns and horror novels shouldn’t miss it!" -- James Reasoner, author of REDEMPTION, KANSAS


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer’s Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea’s Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, and Vintage Soul – Book One of the DeChance Chronicles. The Stargate Atlantis novel “Brimstone,” written with Patricia Lee Macomber is his most recent. He has over 150 short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and five collections, the most recent of which were “Defining Moments” published in 2007 by WFC Award winning Sarob Press, and the currently available “Ennui & Other States of Madness,” from Dark Regions Press. His work has appeared in and is due out in various anthologies and magazines. David lives and loves with Patricia Lee Macomber in the historic William R. White House in Hertford, NC with their children, Billy, Zach, Zane, and Katie, and occasionally their genius college daughter Stephanie. David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digital publishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, and non-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks. Steven Savile was a runner up in the 2000 British Fantasy Awards, a winner of a 2002 Writers of the Future Award, and the 2008 Scribe Award for Best Young Adult Novel for his novel Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar. He has written for Dr Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Primeval and other popular media franchises, including roleplaying games and comics. He currently has a TV series in development in the US and along with long-time collaborator Steven Lockley he has begun work on a series of short supernatural mystery stories featuring the Sally Reardon, a young forensics investigator coming to terms with her psychic gift.

Product Details

  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; Dimension "W" Digital Edition edition (May 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00534804Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Weird Western June 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Note to Steven Savile and David Niall Wilson: Guys, you had me at the sight of the mysterious-looking female gunslinger on the cover.

Luckily for those of you who are, ahem, less shallow than me, behind that cover is a fine novel in the burgeoning Weird Western genre. A sinister character known only as The Deacon shows up in the frontier town of Rookwood along with a caravan of grotesqueries and freaks. Is The Deacon a traveling preacher? Is his troupe a circus or carnival of some sort? A rival/old enemy called Balthazar shows up as well, and these arrivals start to have an effect on various citizens, leading up to some dramatic supernatural confrontations.

HALLOWED GROUND is very well-written and makes excellent use of its dusty frontier setting, with influences that seem to range from Ray Bradbury to Sergio Leone. And not to harp on it, but hey, having a beautiful female gunfighter in a book never hurts. I enjoyed this one a lot. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dark Western September 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Hallowed Ground is a clever Dark Fiction take on a Western that simply crackles with supernatural energy and bristles with Frontier spirit. This is a time when Faith was strong, Whiskey was plentiful, morals kept communities together and wrongdoers found themselves face down in the nearest gulch with snakes for company.

When The Deacon - a mysterious preacher with malevolent intent - sets up camp near Rookwood with his motley crew of rescued, deformed souls, trouble visits the small town. He hurtles towards his dark destiny that seeks to devour the whole Town for his own ends.

For Provender Creed, a simple but thoughtful man, things will never be the same. He alone can see through the spell cast upon his fellow townspeople, and it leads him to his own destiny.
For Mariah - reborn from the ashes of a deal with the Devil - the journey to discover who she is, was and will be begins.

Set against this are a colourful array of characters - a gifted dwarf artist, the very first scorned woman and her demonic henchmen, a trio of cackling witches, a lonely women bereft of the gift of child, a fast-shooting Sheriff who smells trouble, an eight-fingered piano player, and the powerful and relentless Balthazar.

With snappy action, plenty of preaching, several astounding miracles, and more than a splash of the battles of the divine - Hallowed Ground brings the varied talents of these two writers together to create a masterful tale that will keep you gripped right to its impressively epic conclusion
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wicked western November 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't read a lot of what you could classify as weird westerns, but on the occasions I have (i.e., Stephen King's The Gunslinger and Gemma Files' A Book of Tongues) it's been a thoroughly entertaining experience. And the collaboration of Steve Savile and David Niall Wilson is no exception.

Right from the striking cover art by Robert Sammelin, Hallowed Ground promises a blood-soaked, bullet-ridden fable. Usually when there's a pretty gal holding a gun on a book cover, it's urban fantasy, but this is a shade grittier than what I've read from the UF crowd.

The book starts with a band of wayward freaks setting up camp outside the dustbowl town of Rockwood, led by an eerily charismatic man known as the Preacher. In their wake, the crows come, harbingers of something bad on the horizon. As the Preacher sets his pawns in motion on the board, more players enter the impending fray. Provender Creed, one of the few in Rockwood not cowed or culled by the dark forces at work, strives to find out what looms for the small desert town; Sheriff Brady who fights to save a dying town; Dr. Samuel Balthazar and his Traveling Show; Lilith; and Mariah, the resurrected love of Bejamin Jamieson who sold his soul to bring her back.

There is a huge, robust cast of characters, and many of them all have their own personal stakes in what's happening in and around Rockwood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Weird Wild West June 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The weird western is a special category, and it's always a treat to run across a new one, especially one this good. David Nial Wilson and Steven Savile give everything you could ask for: signs, portents, mysteries, and wonders; blazing guns; snakes; life and death and returns from the dead; deals with the devil; love that goes beyond life; ancient forces doing battle outside a small western town; hidden identities; and more. It's all finely detailed, with lots of atmospheric description interspersed among the action scenes. If you're looking for something different, here's a book that delivers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark fantasy the way it should be written! June 9, 2011
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Wilson and Savile deliver a fabulous tale of risk, redemption, and restoration in this creepy horror tale set in the Old West. Their characters - both human and inhuman - leap off the page with the clarity of living, breathing people and their carefully chosen prose drives the story forward with a relentless pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the final confrontation that looms in the distance. Hallowed Ground is a richly textured tale that will soon have fans clamoring for a sequel. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time for me.
Would not get this book again a waste of writing thought it would be like a Louis Lemour book about the ole west.
Published 1 month ago by Lovmytruck
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book, kind of lost me a few times but I give it a 3.
Published 1 month ago by NathanHale
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart felt.
I was impressed with this book.. Very touching.
Published 1 month ago by Garry Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Very seldom do i not finish a book, usually read on thru to find if there is something to find worth while, I gave up on this one after 48%.
Published 2 months ago by GranStan
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 - Solid characters, good writing style, intriguing world
Prose like black coffee and a mythology most intriguing. Hallowed Ground is fairly good, although it felt a little short, too. I would give it 3. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good reading, It had a good surprise ending
It was good reading , It had a good surprise ending.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very interesting but too much superfluous details!
Published 3 months ago by SquireRic
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not the kind of story I care about, but read it to the end.
Published 3 months ago by Doris Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars No spoilers here...Just read it without reading the reviews
I was blown away from the first page to the last page. Not being a particularly fast reader, I surprised myself by reading from start to finish in one day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ladynightmare
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a pretty good read
Had a hard time following the characters at the beginning. Kept me guessing... Half way through it started becoming easier to follow and I wanted to see if I was guessing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yippy Skippy
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