By Joe R. Lansdale
While the Magic Wagon involves city, fogeys get a real medication exhibit that features a wrestling ape, fancy capturing, and a peek on the petrified physique of untamed invoice Hickok himself. in addition they get bottles of a whiskey-laced elixir to drown their aches and pains. outdated Albert drives the wagon, a rawboned child named Buster Fogg does the extraordinary jobs, and "champion" trick shooter and speedy talker Billy Bob Daniels owns the show.
Billy Bob claims to be the illegitimate son of untamed invoice himself. As storms hover of their wake, our intrepid trio (and one ape) make their approach to a Godforsaken gap named dust Creek, an East Texas city the place the darkish cloud of destiny hovers and violence looms within the shadows...
"I keep in mind the evening I picked up Joe Lansdale's The Magic Wagon ... it was once the strangest Western i might ever learn, jam-packed with creepy-crawly stuff in addition to gunfighters, straddling genres with authority, and it handled the human in a profound but unpretentious demeanour that any brilliant author might envy." - Dean R. Koontz
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The hat and suit were dark as fresh charcoal, and the pants had creases in them sharp enough to cut your throat. And he was all smiles. He looked to have more teeth than Main Street had bricks. "Glad to catch you home," he said, and he took off his hat and held it over his chest as if in silent prayer. " I asked. " "No, no. What I have to say won't take but a moment. My name is Purdue. Jack Purdue. " Well, right off I knew what it was and I didn't want to hear it, but I knew I was going to anyhow.
That's good about them beans and taters," I said, "cause I ain't got none. " Albert let out a roar, like that was the funniest thing he'd ever heard. I could tell right then and there he didn't have no real respect for Billy Bob. " I asked. " Albert laughed again. "Naw, it ain't no bear. That there is a jungle ape. Comes from the same place as all us colored. Africa. They calls him a chimpanzee. Name's Rot Toe on account of he got him some kind of disease once and one of his toes on his right foot rotted off.
I somehow figured if I did it would get the whammy in on me, or something. No matter from where you looked at it, it always seemed to be looking at you with them hollow sockets and that half-open mouth with the little thin teeth gone copper-colored and yellow. And I think the wisps of hair that stuck out in spots on the skull like the last down on a near plucked goose were worse. And I didn't care for them pistols that were clenched in them skeleton fists. They looked too shiny and too well-oiled and ready to go.
The Magic Wagon by Joe R. Lansdale