Ghostwalkers: A Deadlands Novel

Well I guess I’ve been living under a rock for awhile, because this took me completely by surprise.  Tor Books has released a Deadlands novel!  Now, I know what you’re thinking: Is it a Manga? Fortunately for you, I’ve already banged my head against the wall enough today.  No, it’s not a manga.  And you should go out and read it.  Because Deadlands is a deep, immersive, gritty world that we’ve only scratched the surface of in play.  We really haven’t delved too deeply into the weird steampunk roots of the setting, for instance.  There is so much in this world that we just don’t have time to discover.

Oh, you need more than that to convince you?  Here:

You need more?  Here’s the publisher’s boilerplate text:

From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.

Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns . . . and a mysterious substance called “ghost rock” fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.

In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!

Deadlands is one of the most popular RPGs in history, with over a million Deadlands gaming books sold.

Now this being a program at a library, maybe you should talk to the librarians about stocking this one.  I know I will.  Now go out there and read!

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