The Magic Wagon by Joe R. Lansdale

By Joe R. Lansdale

Whilst the Magic Wagon involves city, parents get a real medication express that features a wrestling ape, fancy taking pictures, and a peek on the petrified physique of untamed invoice Hickok himself. additionally they get bottles of a whiskey-laced elixir to drown their aches and pains. previous Albert drives the wagon, a rawboned child named Buster Fogg does the unusual jobs, and "champion" trick shooter and quickly talker Billy Bob Daniels owns the show.

Billy Bob claims to be the illegitimate son of untamed invoice himself. As storms hover of their wake, our intrepid trio (and one ape) make their technique to a Godforsaken gap named dust Creek, an East Texas city the place the darkish cloud of destiny hovers and violence looms within the shadows...

"I bear in mind the evening I picked up Joe Lansdale's The Magic Wagon ... it was once the strangest Western i might ever learn, choked with creepy-crawly stuff in addition to gunfighters, straddling genres with authority, and it handled the human in a profound but unpretentious demeanour that any good author may envy." - Dean R. Koontz

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ISBN 0-553-27365-5 Published simultaneously in the United States and Canada Bantam Books are published by Bantam Books, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Croup, Inc. S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. Marco Registrada. Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue. New York, New York 10103. PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA O 0987654321 CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 CHAPTER 6 CHAPTER 7 CHAPTER 8 ABOUT THE AUTHOR About this eBook eBook Copyright Information This is for Phyllis and Harlie Morton, and Ann and Herman Kasper, for their faith, love, and support.

Night before we'd sort of snuck out of Louisiana and made the Texas border on account of some medicine Billy Bob sold this fella, telling him it would cure the piles. Which it hadn't. Not that any of us thought it would. It was just some water, coloring, and a little whisky. Well, mostly whisky. But the fella who bought the stuff was a teetotaller and it made him drunk enough to hit his wife some and have a bellyache. And later when he passed out on the bed drunk, she sewed him up in the bedsheets, got herself a broom, and whaled the tar out of him till he was bruised enough to pass for a speckled pup.

Me? " "He ain't rightly in the condition to do it. " "I know Billy Bob, and the less work he has to do the happier man he is. " And he did. Albert and I did all the work. What Billy Bob did was shoot his pistols, talk about Hickok, read dime novels, and chase gals. That seemed like a pretty good career to me. But there wasn't any use arguing. Billy Bob would just leave me somewhere high and dry. And the truth of the matter was, I didn't want to leave Albert and Rot Toe. Them and that wagon, scary as it could be sometimes, were all the home I knew.

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