Cover Reveal: the Author’s Preferred Text edition of S. Craig Zahler’s A Congregation of Jackals

From the Back of the Book

In 1888 Oswell Danford is living a hard but satisfying life as a rancher in Virginia when he receives an unexpected telegram. A wedding invitation should be cause to celebrate but not when it means he’ll have to face past deeds that he’s deeply ashamed of.

Now he and his brother, along with their ex-compatriot, an inveterate gambler from New York, will have to travel to Montana Territory to settle an old score they’d nearly forgotten. They will join the expectant congregation at the church for the marriage of their former brother-in-arms. But while everyone else will be wishing a blissful future for the happy couple they will be praying the darkness from their past doesn’t devour the entire town. A Congregation of Jackals is an unrelenting tale of betrayal and revenge told with a precision and brutality that will leave you breathless and haunted.

Fans of Zahler’s breakout hits Bone Tomahawk and Wraiths of the Broken Land will be floored by this, originally the first installment of his western horror trilogy.

“A thoroughly modern perspective to the familiar archetypal trappings. What happens when gang meets gang…is more horrific than anything we might have imagined.
—Booklist, starred review

“A mature and thoughtful Western that can stand up alongside anything that Cormac McCarthy or Larry McMurtry have written. Its unrepentant violence, intensity, and dark worldview could appeal to fans of crime fiction.”
—Somebody Dies

“If you have a hankering for a gritty, realistic and downright thrilling Western, S. Craig Zahler is your man.”
—Jeremy Cesarec, Unbound Nook Blog

Nominated for The Peacemaker Award by the Western Fictioneers

Nominated for The Spur Award by the Western Writers of America

Available for pre-order in Kindle format, with hardcopy editions coming soon!


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More About the Author and Western Horror

Florida-born New Yorker S. Craig Zahler worked for many years as a cinematographer and a catering chef, while playing heavy metal and creating some strange theater pieces. Zahler’s western screenplay, The Brigands of Rattleborge topped the prestigious Black List, garnering him a three-picture deal at Warner Brothers. His western horror novel, Wraiths of the Broken Land, begins production as a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox in 2017, directed by Ridley Scott and adapted by Drew Goddard. His science fiction novel Corpus Chrome, Inc. is now widely available in paperback, hardback and kindle editions as is his fourth novel, a crime story entitled Mean Business on North Ganson Street.

His critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Bone Tomahawk, was released theatrically and through streaming platforms on October, 2015. This dark western stars Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, Fred Melamed, and David Arquette. In addition to winning awards, the critics said of Bone Tomahawk:

“[A] witty fusion of western, horror and comedy that gallops to its own beat.”
—NY Times

“Great dialogue, strong characters, and imaginative and memorable kills.”

“…Bone Tomahawk succeeds in demonstrating the voice of its massively talented creator.”

“…a most violent delight”

“…Bone Tomahawk isn’t just the best horror movie of 2015, it’s the best movie…” —

“There’s a humming genre intelligence at work in the grim, witty horror-western Bone Tomahawk.”
—LA Times

In 2011, a horror movie that he wrote in college called, Asylum Blackout (aka The Incident) was made and picked up by IFC Films after a couple of people fainted at its Toronto premiere.

A drummer, lyricist and songwriter, Zahler continues to make music, and is now finishing his third album of doomy epic metal with his band Realmbuilder, which signed to I Hate Records of Sweden, after his foray in black metal with the project Charnel Valley (whose two albums were released by Paragon Records).

Zahler studies kung-fu and is a longtime fan of animation (hand drawn and stop-motion), heavy metal (all types), soul music, genre books (especially, horror, crime and hard sci-fi), old movies, obese cats and asymmetrical robots.