MAGIC WAGON is a solid horror western. It’s about a group of men who travel from town to town in a wagon. The wagon converts into a stage for magic shows. There is a coffin built of magical wood that stores a corpse. Rot Toe is a chimpanzee who takes on local wrestlers. At the end of their shows, they sell bottles of their magic elixir, which is said to cure illnesses, but it consists mostly of liquor. The magic show is run by a sharpshooter named Billy Bob who claims to be the son of Wild Bill Hickok. Albert and Buster also accompany Billy Bob.
This book consists of several stories that are told in the small town of Mud Creek that’s on their route. These are stories about the Mule Slayer and a gunslinger named Texas Jack Wentworth who calls out Billy Bob. We also get stories of how the group came to own the corpse and Billy Bob’s showdown with Texas Jack.
This book is fun. If you like westerns and horror, then this book is right up your alley. The characters are great. The dialogue is solid, and the storyline is good, too. It’s just an all-around good time! I’ve only read Lansdale’s Bubba Ho-Tep books, but I’m going to make it a point to read his other work. I need to get on that Hap and Leonard series real soon.
4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐