The Mountain of Slow Madness

Author: Carl Dane
Published: 2018


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A Hawke & Carmody Western Short Story.

At its Summit Lies a Bizarre Cult of Violence and a Deadly Day of Reckoning for Tom Carmody.

Marshal Josiah Hawke and Deputy Tom Carmody cross paths with a little girl wandering on horseback – her mind blasted hollow by the horrors from which she’d escaped.

She can’t communicate, so the men trail follow her backtrail to a mysterious mountain town where a death cult has committed an act of horrific vengeance.

Hawke and Carmody find themselves trapped in a bizarre cult community where they have many enemies and few options. Carmody, tormented by the physical pain from an old wound and a crisis of faith brought on by flashbacks to his stint as a chaplain in the Civil War, reaches deep inside himself to bring an astonishing close to a deadly and surreal confrontation.