Shadow on the Sun

Richard Matheson

Tor Books

Southwest Arizona, a century ago.  An uneasy true exists between the remote frontier community of Picture City and the neighboring Apaches.  That delicate peace is shredded when the bodies of two white men are found hideously mutilated.  The angry townspeople are certain the “savages” have broken the treaty, but Billjohn Finley, the local Indian agent, fears that darker, more unholy forces may be at work.  There’s a tall, dark stranger in town, who rode in wearing the dead men’s clothes.  A stranger who may not be entirely human . . . .

Originally published as a mass-market Western in 1994, Shadow on the Sun has been out of print for years and was largely overlooked by horror fans and general readers.  Now at last this forgotten tale of supernatural terror returns to chill the blood of Matheson's many fans.

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A mile outside of Picture City, they had set up a tent for the meeting with the Apaches. A troop of cavalry from Fort Apache had been dispatched to the conference, and now two lines of horse men faced each other on the cloud-darkened meadow—one line the saber-bearing cavalrymen; the other the blanketed Apache braves, impassive-faced, sitting their ponies like waiting statues.

Everything looked drab and colorless in the gloomy half-light—the grass and bushes drained of their late autumnal richness, the horses dark or dun, the costumes of the soldiers and Apaches composed



Praise for Shadow on the Sun

“The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson.”
--Stephen King

“Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions.”
--The New York Times

“His stories not only entertain, but touch the mind and heart.”
--Dean Koontz

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  • Richard Matheson

  • Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.
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Shadow on the Sun

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