{ Click the covers for luscious vastness. }

When contemplating what I was going to write here, I had rather imagined an entire post full of phrases like “Sure is mighty… spooky… round about here” and “You know, pardner, I don’t like the look of them thar bite marks”, but I just couldn’t keep it up. Besides, the upcoming Western-noir novels from new Angry Robot signing Lee Collins really don’t deserve such an irreverent approach. They’re dark, and thrilling, and very, very good.

Lee came to us via last year’s Open Door month, and what stood him out from the pack was writing that grabs you by the throat from the first chapter and drags you reeling through to a stunning shock ending. The Dead of Winter is a Western of sorts, but with the most almighty supernatural flavour, and a wonderful pair of central characters in Cora and her husband Ben. They’re monster hunters, discreetly plying their trade on the edge of the Colorado wilderness. No one wants to believe that there are… things out there, but sometimes the bloody evidence speaks for itself. The truth, however, is far darker than anyone suspected.

We’re delighted by these novels – and by the covers, from the legendary illustrator Chris McGrath. He somehow seems to make characters who just leap off the cover fully formed. Cora’s adventures hit the shelves this November, with the sequel (the deliciously named She Returns From War) coming hard on its heels next February. Now, can I get a Yee-haw!?


  1. The Troubled Scribe

    Sounds awesome!

  2. This sounds perfect! I’ll be checking these out ASAP.

  3. Excellent covers – I’m glad to see that once again Angry Robot is blazing a trail, this time “hot fantasy women with all their clothes on” 🙂

  4. Love the covers, Lee! Can’t wait to see the books in the flesh, um, the wood!

  5. Mmmm, the Wild Weird West. 🙂 Looks lovely.

  6. I’ve read ’em both since Mr. Collins is a fellow member of the Anxious Appliances. And hot damn, they are good. Everyone’s in for such a treat.

  7. Having read the book, I must say…Cora is much hotter than I thought. I approve!

  8. I can’t wait to read these! Gorgeous covers!

  9. Ooh I like the look of those!

  10. I can’t wait to dig into this book. There are very few SpecFic writers utilizing the rich and gritty American West as a setting and I’m delighted to discover Lee Collins is doing exactly that.

    Leave it to Angry Robot to find yet another trailblazer for their canon of awesomeness.

  11. Supernatural Western noir with monsters? Good lord, count me in!

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