So a few months back, Erik Arneson approached me and asked if I had a story he could use for his topmost Word Crimes Podcast. I was just completing Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles and thought “Merciless” would be a perfect fit, and thanks to Erik and the vocal talents of Scott Detrow it turns out to be something special indeed. This is a first for me, hearing my characters come alive, so to speak, in another medium.
“Merciless” features former lawman Cash Laramie—The Outlaw
Marshal—at seventy-nine-years-old. His glory days far behind him, he’s traded
his horse in for a car and sits most evenings in a Cheyenne bar conversing with
the bartender. Another patron, a young loudmouth named Roberts, sets in motion
a series of events that leads to a poignant, tragic ending.
I feel this one turned out pretty darn good, with special
thanks going to my buddy Chuck Tyrell who had considerable input (and to whom I
dedicate my latest collection). “Merciless” originally appeared in Pulp Modern Issue #4, edited by Alec
And, of course, big thanks to Erik and Scott. What a nice, early Christmas present. Guaranteed I'll listen another two dozen times