Terror Beneath Cactus Flats has received a 4-star review on Goodreads.
James Rhodes had the following to say: “This is a great fun non-stop action piece. The author has set it in tourist western ghost town which allows for a good bit of cross genre entertainment. The pace is maintained from the first page to the last.
This book makes for an excellent short read, though I would also enjoy a longer read in the same universe.”
Thanks James for the great review. If you dear reader have read any of my works, please consider leaving a review on Goodreads or Amazon.
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Did you get excited by this title? I know I did. What followed was a 90-minute disappointment from the 60’s. I’ll just go ahead and set the plot for you. Billy the Kid has settled down and is going to marry a woman. A vampire has Indians murder her mother and uncle (whom she’s never seen), so that he can steal the identity of the uncle. Wanting to claim the woman as his own bride, Billy the Kid and the vampire must throw down in a fight to the death. Sounds great, right? Here’s the poster, which looks supercool.
This looks pretty good, right?
This film was originally shown with Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter as a drive-in double feature. To date, I have not been able to find a copy of the Jesse James film. I’ll begin by telling you of my problems with the movie.
- Billy the Kid is referenced as having killed men, and everyone knows who he is, but it isn’t until he kills a man in self-defense that he’s arrested. What? The sheriff knows about the other deaths, but doesn’t do anything until our “hero” makes a justifiable killing. *scratches head in confusion*
- Dracula is never stated or referenced at any point in the movie. Vampire is the term used to describe John Carradine’s role. At no point is a name given to him, other than the identity that he steals. John Carradine had played Dracula at least twice, years before this film was made. Most likely the filmmakers were trying to capitalize off of his previous roles and the name of everyone’s favorite vampire.
- Billy the Kid literally shoots one guy, who the vampire sends to dispose of him, and then unloads his gun into the vampire. “The West’s Deadliest Gun-Fighter” as the poster teases only gets into one gunfight and that’s while hiding behind a table. I want Billy the Kid to actually get into a gunfight.
- Finally, Billy the Kid shoots the vampire six times and is knocked out by his opponent. The sheriff and town doctor arrive, and the sheriff fires his six rounds into John Carradine with no effect. Billy the Kid comes to, grabs the sheriff’s pistol, and hurls it at the vampire, striking him in the face. This was enough to knock the vampire unconscious, so that Billy can drive a metal scalpel into the fiend’s heart. Yup, not a tried and true wooden stake, but the doctor read where you have to “drive a spear” through its heart. My biggest problem is that he rendered the vampire unconscious by THROWING a pistol at its face. Twelve bullets did nothing, NOTHING! But hurling a pistol puts it down for the count? I will admit, it was hilarious to watch, because I couldn’t stop laughing at this point.
Behold, the irritated face of an old man…er…I mean, a vampire.
So, this movie wasn’t terrible for the camp value. As a movie about either Billy the Kid, Dracula, or vampires, it was just awful. Even as a weird western if falls flat on its face. Again, now that you know, if you just enjoy campy, terrible movies (like I do) then this might be the perfect watch for you.
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you all about the Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf. Enjoy!
For all of those who follow me or have come by during Dragoncon, today is the last day of the convention and the last day to pick up a free Kindle short.
You can pick up Terror Beneath Cactus Flats (A Weird Western) for free. Click on the cover below to go pick up your copy or read on below for the synopsis.
Synopsis: Jed, the fresh faced deputy Marshall of Cactus Flats, finds himself put to the test as an unknown evil besieges the small town. In order to save the townsfolk, Jed will have to venture into the old abandoned mines and confront the evil awaiting within.
Out today, the third Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventure: Winston & Baum and the Disk of Night. It’s only available on the Kindle for now, but the paperback will soon be following.
Synopsis: Dan Winston & Lee Baum, the premier monster-exterminating duo of England, find themselves called to America. Billy Hoffster Johnson, a Texas cattle baron and former client of Dan’s, arrives with news that a group of skinwalkers, long dead, are once again menacing his ranch and have murdered famed monster hunter and Dan’s friend, Pecos Slim. The medicine man that revived these villains seems to be after more than their blood. When a strange black disk is uncovered, bringing with it unholy magic, Dan and Lee are all that stand between the evil man and the chaos surrounding the dark artifact. With their very souls on the line, can the exterminators of the strange and weird rise to the challenge?
Also included in this volume, Brackish Thumtum, everyone’s favorite goblin, stars in his own solo adventure: Brackish & the Sleeping Maidens.
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Hello, as you know I was offering Richard Rex & The Succubus of Whitechapel free on the Kindle yesterday. Today, September 4, 2014, you can pick up my other short story for free. So if you like monsters and cowboys, please pick up your free copy of The Terror Beneath Cactus Flats for your Kindle. Just click on the cover below and enjoy.