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Smith is an evil gunslinger who watches a woman get raped and mutilated in the opening chapter and does nothing to help. After he is killed in a dynamite accident, he is granted one chance to return to the world of the living to redeem his soul. Smith must ride into the zombie-filled town of Falling Rock and defeat a demon intent on letting Lovecraft's Old Ones into our universe.
This is a zany, gore-filled, B-movie story. However, I am not sure the world needed Hell's Bounty: The Novel. After all, this same tale was already published in its original form--an unproduced screenplay--in the 2012 collection Shadows West. I don't think translating it to prose made it better than before.
While the screenplay was fairly concise, the novel version adds a bunch of extended gunslinger versus zombie fight scenes that eventually become tedious.
The writing itself the best part; it is intentionally overblown and pulpy for effect, even by normal Lansdale standards:
"Quill thought it was a glorious shoot out. Course, only Quill had a gun. He felt it worked better that way, less tension on his behalf."
"His faced looked like a recently healed saddle sore with a mustache."
"A woman with the face of an angel, eyes as blue as a summer sky, hair the color of a brush fire, and a body that would make Jesus break the Holy Grail…"
"Smith thought: Here we go, a band of cripples. One missing legs, another an eye, a drunk, and one brought back from the dead. All we need now is a headless dog to drag around."
This is a fun, fast read but it wears very thin by the final chapters. I cannot shake the feeling Lansdale is just repeating himself this time out.