My look at David J. West’s Cowboys & Cthulhu series concludes.
Review: Home on the Strange, David J. West, 2021.
A wagon train is wiped out by Indians leaving only Hannah, a girl, alive.
Captain Brady, newly out of West Point and sorry he just missed the action of the recently concluded Civil War, leads a cavalry troop to bring the Indian leader, Crazy Snake, and his men to justice.
Porter Rockwell serves as their scout. As a Mormon, he’s suspected of collaborating with the Indians.
And then, around the sinister outcropping of rock called the Pulpit, sentries begin to be picked off at night.
It sounds like the elements of a typical western except it’s not because this is another in West’s Cowboys & Cthulhu tales. There’s something in the Pulpit besides hostile Indians. And there’s a voice in Hannah’s head who is giving her advice that she and Rockwell will need to drive the enemy in the mountain off.
This is another winning entry in the series, and it is the closest yet to a classic western plot. It’s got the humor and well-done action of other stories in the series. It’s classic pulp adventure in the Mythos tradition and a good weird western whose many surprising delights I will spoil with no further plot reveals.
There are some nice scenes out of the main action like when Rockwell meets Tanner, an old acquaintance of his who knows firsthand the secrets in Pulpit.
And it was nice to see Wovoka, the Indian prophet who inspired the Ghost Dance, getting a mention.
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