By Richard Matheson

Southwest Arizona, a century in the past. An uneasy actual exists among the distant frontier neighborhood of photo urban and the neighboring Apaches. That tender peace is shredded while the our bodies of 2 white males are came upon hideously mutilated. The indignant townspeople are convinced the "savages" have damaged the treaty, yet Billjohn Finley, the neighborhood Indian agent, fears that darker, extra unholy forces could be at paintings. there is a tall, darkish stranger on the town, who rode in donning the lifeless men's outfits. A stranger who is probably not solely human . . . .

Originally released as a mass-market Western in 1994, Shadow at the Sun has been out of print for years and used to be mostly neglected through horror enthusiasts and common readers. Now eventually this forgotten story of supernatural terror returns to cool the blood of Matheson's many fans.

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Sincerely, they'd been stampeded via terror. He discovered Braided Feather and Lean undergo status with Finley and a few braves round the continues to be of the pony. His. He appeared in sickened horror on the torn, bloody carcass. It was once as if it have been slashed aside via substantial razor blades, bleeding flesh uncovered, glistening entrails ripped from position. The horse’s eyes have been large and staring; there has been foam throughout its jaws. Finley used to be taking a look upward. there has been a gap within the timber above the place the horses were tied. The faintly dawning sky was once essentially obvious. lots of room for a few flying factor to descend at the horses, Boutelle concept. He regarded again on the butchered animal, twitching with a faint cry as a last dying spasm shook its torn, blood-splattered physique. What did this? It was once all he may possibly permit himself to imagine, attempting to not admit to himself that he knew precisely what had performed it. He regarded over at Finley. It made him the entire extra worried to determine the expression at the agent’s face. Sickened. Dazed. Helpless. ______ “There is just one option to this,” Finley stated to Braided Feather. “Someone has to discover the evening surgeon and strength him—” “Ask him,” Braided Feather interrupted. “He usually are not compelled. it truly is this very factor approximately him which prompted the horror at first. ” “I comprehend. ” Finley nodded. “What I suggest to assert is that we know the horror won't finish till the evening health professional ends it. ” “No guy in my tribe will dare to stand this,” Braided Feather instructed him. Finley acknowledged, “Then i'll. ” It was once silent within the wooded area. although it used to be well beyond sunrise, shadowy darkness nonetheless prevailed underneath the thick overhanging of the pine bushes. Finley and Boutelle have been sitting with the executive. The horses have been accumulated again, the lifeless horse carried off for disposal, Lean undergo and his scouts despatched out to monitor the terrain—and the sky—in all instructions. Boutelle questioned what Finley and the executive have been announcing yet didn’t dare ask. Braided Feather eventually spoke. “You could do that? ” he requested, virtually in disbelief. Finley’s smile was once grim. “I don’t wish to,” he acknowledged, “but i'm the agent for this territory. i'm dedicated to guard the Apaches. ” He smiled back, this time including a rueful sound. “I by no means idea my tasks would come with whatever like this,” he acknowledged. “Still . . . ” The smile was once long past. “I’m prepared to attempt. anyone has to aim. ” Braided Feather leaned towards Finley, attaining out to understand his arm. “You are very brave,” he acknowledged. “I salute your bravery. ” “Salute me if it works,” Finley instructed the executive. “Have you any notion in any respect the place the evening healthcare professional will be? ” “Somewhere within the mountain caves, we believe,” Braided Feather instructed him. Finley nodded. “Could I take the gown of the buffalo with me then? ” he requested. “It is particularly chilly up there. ” Braided Feather nodded. “Take it with our blessing,” he acknowledged. “Thank you. ” Finley stood, Boutelle following his lead. “Wait,” Braided Feather acknowledged. The agent and Boutelle stood ready whereas the executive regarded via his property. eventually he unwrapped a wolf-hide overlaying to bare an extended knife.

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