Originally published as a mass-market Western in 1994, Shadow on the Sun has been out of print for years and was largely overlooked by horror fans and general readers.
Now at last this forgotten tale of supernatural terror returns to chill the blood of Matheson's many fans.
Southwest Arizona, a century ago. An uneasy true exists between the remote frontier community of Picture City and the neighboring Apaches. That delicate peace is shredded when the bodies of two white men are found hideously mutilated. The angry townspeople are certain the "savages" have broken the treaty, but Billjohn Finley, the local Indian agent, fears that darker, more unholy forces may be at work. There's a tall, dark stranger in town, who rode in wearing the dead men's clothes. A stranger who may not be entirely human . . . .
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When two locals are found dead and mutilated, residents of the frontier com- munity Picture City are convinced the nearby Apaches are responsible. However, Billjohn Finley, provincial agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, believes the Native Americans are innocent and fears something more sinister is behind the gruesome deaths. As the death toll rises, Finley's fears appear justified and he works to uncover the truth and stop the ancient forces of evil. Mark Bramhall pro- vides plain, straightforward narration for this audio version of Matheson's mashup of traditional western and modern horror. Bramhall expertly brings to life the au- thor's diverse cast, providing pitch-per- fect voices for local townsfolk, the stal- wart hero, and a mysterious stranger who exudes an otherworldly evil. And while Bramhall's reading has a comfortable, old- timey feel to it which matches the book's tone listeners shouldn't be fooled: despite his sit-around-the-camp- fire delivery, the narrator whips up more than a few thrills and chills before the story's end. A Tor Books paperback.