Cora and her husband hunt things - things that shouldn't exist. When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible, but if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.
File Under: Dark Fantasy [ Winter Chill | Small Town Blues | Dead Reckoning | Sharp Shooter ]
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“I got a lot out of this brooding supernatural Western tale that turns in your grasp and bites you like a rattlesnake when you’re least expecting it. The Dead of Winter (a title you’ll appreciate more once you’ve read the book) is a gripping read that has left me eager for the sequel.”
- Graeme Flory, Graeme’s Fantasy Book Reviews
“I would recommend this book if you like a bit more from vampire stories than pouting teenagers.”
- Phil Andorra, Terror Tree
"The story line for The Dead of Winter is compact and solid. It also severs off most of the loose ends quite nicely at its conclusion...I’d give this novel 8.5 out of 10 Liams and I’ll definitely be looking into the sequel, She Returns From War."
- Liam, The Troubled Scribe
"The Dead of Winter is a fantastic novel which is even most fantastic than I’ve managed to convey in my review. It is definitely one of my best reads of the year, let alone the month, and Lee Collins has shown himself to be a really promising and talented writer with his snappy, fast-paced prose and masterful plotting. My recommendation would be to go out and grab this as soon as you can because it is definitely another winning title from Angry Robot.
- Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields
"The Dead of Winter introduced me to a new sub-genre of my beloved speculative fiction genre and did it in such a way that next time I won’t be so hesitant to try a Weird Western. The Dead of Winter is an interesting first book from an author who shows lots of promise and is the first in a series that looks to be very entertaining."
- Mieneke, A Fantastical Librarian
"Cora is a powerful, no-nonsense protagonist, handy with six-gun and sabre, and her character – tortured, hard-drinking, yet tender – gives the novel bite."
-James Lovegrove, Financial Times
"A bloody good read. 7/10"
-Paul Simpson, SciFi Bulletin
"This is a fantastic blend of western and horror, a fine addition to the subgenre of weird western."
“A brilliant, bloody, violent dark fantasy – Charlie Huston turned up past 11.”
- Andy Remic, author of the Clockwork Vampire Chronicles
“From its opening chapter, The Dead of Winter lassoed me into
its gritty world of gunslingers and demons. A page-turning thrill ride
of a novel that could well redefine your perception of the ‘wild’ west.”
- Rio Youers, author of Westlake Soul
“The Dead of Winter ain’t your granddad’s Western. Lee Collins paints a picture of the Colorado wilds as cold and unforgiving as the creatures that inhabit them. And in Cora Oglesby, Collins has created a heroine as tough as saddle-leather, and as fiery and sharp as rotgut whiskey. Read it with the lights on – but for damn sure read it.”
- Chris F Holm, author of Dead Harvest and The Wrong Goodbye