Reviews of Dark Fiction

The Saga of Dead-Eye, Book One: Vampires, Zombies & Mojo Men by Ronald Kelly

Featuring some civil war history, humor that is as black as hell itself, vampires, zombies and Mojo Men, how could you go wrong with this horror fiction mash-up?

I’ve enjoyed Ronald Kelly’s work since my late friend Jon Recluse recommended him to me, back in the day. He got me to read FEAR, which I loved, so I always trusted his recs implicitly.

In this book, we hear from Mr. Kelly himself about how this tale came to be and how long he worked on it. From there, we dive into one of the most insane worlds I’ve ever read about. In this slim volume, we have all the creatures I’ve listed above and more. There is suspense, mystery, misery and voodoo. How can any fan of horror resist?

I read this with the Horror Aficionados group over at Goodreads. Mr. Kelly himself joined us to answer our questions and hear our comments. He’ll continue to be there until the end of the month, so there is still time for YOU to join the conversation.

Highly recommended and I cannot wait until the next volume comes out!

Thanks to Silver Shamrock for the paperback ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

The Saga of Dead-Eye Book Cover The Saga of Dead-Eye
Ronald Kelly
Horror, Horror Western
Silver Shamrock
Silver Shamrock Publishing


The bloody War Between the States and a harrowing confinement in an enemy prison camp had turned Joshua Wingade into a broken man. His nerves and spirit shattered by the barbarity of battle, and demoralized by a cause that his heart secretly despised, Wingade returns home in hope of finding peace and healing.

But, upon his arrival, he discovers that Hell had come to call. His beloved wife had been violated and transformed into a horrid bride of the undead, and his only son abducted by a band of diabolical outlaws led by the renegade vampire, Jules Holland. Along for the ride are three demonic henchmen from the fetid bowels of Hades and the dark witch, Evangeline.

Aware that he is no match for the gang, Wingade rides across Georgia and Tennessee nonetheless, intent on rescuing his child from imminent disaster. During his journey, he witnesses the horrors and atrocities Holland and his evil confederates have wrought. Eventually, he finds himself at the outlaws’ mercy. An instant before death, he makes a final pledge to his stolen son.

“I promise, Daniel! I will come for you!”


He awakens to discover that the cold finality of the grave has been thwarted. With the help of the Louisiana mojo man, Job, he has been resurrected. But, the frail and fearful man named Joshua Wingade is forever gone. In his place is the stoic, steel-nerved Dead-Eye with his blind eye aglow and a gun hand as swift and deadly as greased lightning.

Together, they vow to pursue the vampire and his minions, and deliver
young Daniel from his bondage. However, they know that time is their worst enemy. If Holland and the others make it across the Mississippi River to the Western territories beyond, their vengeance may never come to fruition. For they are entering a new purgatory known as the Devil’s Playground… a vast wilderness rife with violence and terrors unleashed from the Hole Out of Nowhere.

A place where death and evil are dealt freely, without atonement to anyone… including God himself!

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