About the book
Boomtown-gone-bust Pandemonium sits four days' ride from the Texas border, just south of Deseret and on the edge of the Anasazi lands. Under the rule of cattle baron Representation Calhoun, Pandemonium is a rough and tumble place - and it's a town with its fair share of secrets.
A strange cast of characters call Pandemonium home: Sheriff William Paine, Rhod the Killer, Chigger Nine Wren, Sam Swann, Waterloo Jones, Claire Monteith, Chauncy Montclair, Chrissy Miller, Red Haight, Praisegood Scroggins, the Deakins Boys and many more.
A Town Called Pandemonium is the wildest, weirdest West you'll ever visit: a shared world anthology created by some of the best new writers in horror and fantasy.
- "The Sad Tale of the Deakins Boys" by Will Hill
- "Wish for a Gun" by Sam Sykes
- "Grit" by Scott Andrews
- "Belle Deeds" by Chrysanthy Balis
- "The Gathering of Sheaves" by Joseph D'Lacey
- "Rhod the Killer" by Sam Wilson
- "Raise the Beam High" by Jonathan Oliver
- "4.52 to Pandemonium" by Archie Black
- "Red Hot Hate" by Den Patrick
- "Sleep in Fire" by Osgood Vance
- "1853" by Islington Calhoun*
*Café de Paris edition only
Illustrated by Adam Hill
Edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin
The Limited Edition
The anthology is available in two editions: the Silver Dollar paperback edition and the hardcover, 75-copy Café de Paris edition. The latter contains additional content, including a new story, a second introduction, an interview with Adam Hill and notes from the authors' 'world bible'.
Published November 2012 (Paperback) / February 2013 (Hardcover)
Silver Dollar Edition (Paperback): (Out of Print)
Kindle: (Out of Print)
Café de Paris Edition (Hardcover): (Sold Out)
Finalist for the British Fantasy Awards (Best Anthology)
Finalist for the British Fantasy Awards (Best Short Story - Sam Sykes' "Wish for a Gun")
"An absolute cracker of an anthology... Here's hoping there's another stagecoach to Pandemonium soon. (9/10)" - Starburst Magazine
"Collaboration at its best, vivid, vociferous and absolutely bursting with talent and enthusiasm.... an altogether consuming book" - Stark Holborn, author of Nunslinger
"Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin continue their unbroken streak of top-notch anthologies.... It's best if you just go and get this excellent collection, and savour each of the stories, ideally with hot coffee and cold whisky." - The British Fantasy Society
"A superb shared world anthology... which sees an army of rising stars collaborate on one deeply weird and wonderfully wild west." - Tor.com
"Deadwood meets Twin Peaks. You don't need to be a fan of westerns to enjoy the stories in this collection. You just need to be a fan of dark little stories with lots of weirdness thrown in... a fantastic collection" - Fantasy Faction
"Serious, violent, desperate... This is the Wild West as a dangerous place to live, rather than a playground for big kids.... There are no bad stories here, and the best are very good." - Theaker's Quarterly
"[Pandemonium] is the kind of place where there would be a tax on smiling, if anyone paid tax." - Warpcore SF
"This collection feels like it didn't have editors so much as curators. As impressive as some of the individual stories are, they way they hang together as a single work is even more so." - This is how she fight start
"[A Town Called Pandemonium is] high quality and built an overall picture of an old west town that I can almost taste (mainly dust).... A really good job by all involved and well worth a read." - Tony's Thoughts
"Conjure[s] up visions of a dusty, declining frontier town, inhabited by cowboys, ranchers, miners and those who see to their needs. An impression beautifully strengthened by Adam Hill's almost vector-like illustrations characterized by a quite angular style.... a great addition to the Pandemonium line." - A Fantastical Librarian
Listen to Sam Sykes' "Wish for Gun" for free, thanks to Dark Fiction Magazine.
Sam Wilson on "Rhod the Killer" for BooksLIVE.
"Deserves got nothing to do with it" - on the origin of the Deakins Boys by Will Hill.
How Scott K. Andrews approached "Grit".