David J. West is Mormonism’s foremost disciple of Robert E. Howard. His HEROES OF THE FALLEN, for instance, is a Conanesque retelling of the late sections of the Book of Mormon, with nefarious sorcerers, dark conspiracies, and muscular heroes who win by being true to their rugged ethos.
West’s new volume, COLD SLITHER, is a collection of weird west tales about Mormon Danite and frontiersman Orrin Porter Rockwell. This is a Rockwell that is one part Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name and one part Doc Savage. Blessed with immunity to bullet and blade, a keen shot, and most of all his childlike heart, Port faces monstrous flesh-eating birds, ancient blood-drinking Mexica gods, zombie plagues, and even Dagon, god of the deeps.
If you like stories about debutante balls and tea-drinking romance in Regency England, this may not be the book for you. If you enjoy tales of noble savages, cruel wizards, and bold adventure on the weird western frontier, give it a shot.