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Sam Wilson

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Raising A Barn

The official announcement of A Town Called Pandemonium came out today:

A Town Called Pandemonium combines two – well, three – things that we’ve always loved.

First, it is a shared world: a bit of a grand experiment. We got ten of the brightest, wackiest, most flexible and weird minds together in one virtual room and started kicking around ideas (and occasionally one another). Everything takes place in the same town, through one tumultuous year, with the characters and locations taking on lives that aren’t confined by any one story.

Second, it is (in case you couldn’t tell), a Western. We love them: John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, Zane Grey to Frank Castle to Elmore Leonard. The atmosphere, the tension, the stripped-down worlds and the individual drama. Back when a man was a man, a horse was a horse and the world was his enemy. Except, in this case (and that’s the third point), a bit of genre has crept in. Some of the stories are straight-up Westerns. Some… aren’t.

I contributed the story “Rhod the Killer”, joining the wonderful writers Scott Andrews, Chrysanthy Balis, Archie Black, Joseph D’Lacey, Will Hill, Jonathan Oliver, Den Patrick, Sam Sykes and Osgood Vance.

The collection is being illustrated by another Capetonian, the awe-mongering Adam Hill (, and will be out as an ebook and a limited-run hardback in November 2012.


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