Dead Man Books In Order

Publication Order of Dead Man Books

Face of Evil (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ring of Knives (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell in Heaven (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Woman (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blood Mesa (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Them All (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beast Within (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face and Ice (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carnival of Death (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freaks Must Die (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slaves to Evil (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Special (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death Match (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Death (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Floor (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Colder Than Hell (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evil to Burn (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucible of Fire (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

As one of the most unpretentious and versatile writers of all times, Bill Crider is widely known for his creation; The Dan Rhodes series. With the aptitude of creating a claustrophobic atmosphere that is filled with humor and a smoldering sense of the absurd, Bill Crider has been able to win over the hearts of many readers. If you are looking for a read that is not only pure fun but also sheer entertainment then make a point of looking for any of Bill Crider’s novels.

Born in the year 1941, in the state of Texas, Bill Crider is an American author who has an unrivaled love for mystery fiction. Immediately after receiving his Master’s degree at the University of North Texas, Bill Crider became an English teacher at the Howard Payne University for almost 12 years. After his long stint as an English teacher, Bill Crider finally received his PHD at the critically acclaimed University of Texas. While in the process of earning his doctorate’s degree, Bill Crider crafted a dissertation which was a hardboiled detective novel.

On receiving his PHD, Bill Crider moved to Alvin Texas together with his wife where he later on became the chair of the English and Fine Arts Division at the local community college; Alvin Community College. In the year 2003, Alvin retired from his post to become a full time author. Some of his works that have taken the world by storm include; Truman Smith series, Carl Burn series and the Professor Sally Good novel.

Terror in Your Future

As the 9th installment, the series creators William Rabkin and Lee Goldberg decided to introduce Bill Crider into the series. As one of the most prolific novelist, Bill Crider has written over 75 novels with most of them revolving around adventure and western genres and this could be one of the main reason why he was brought into the series. In this installment, we meet Matt Cahill a man who has been born twice and now he is working as a security guard at Cap n’ Bobs Carnival. His main duties includes stopping the carnies from fighting with one another and also stop the carnies from getting into trouble with the locals. The owner of the Cap n’ Bob carnival is more than determined to ensure that the cops are not called for whatever reasons.

Unknown to Matt, the strangest thing is going to happen ever since he started working at the carnival. Later on, Bill Crider introduces one Madam Zola who has just discovered that she truly has the gift. Madam Zola previously was a woman named Gloria. After growing up in an abusive home as a teenager, Gloria finally decided to run away and later on took a book and taught herself palmistry. In addition, she discovers that she has the ability of telling people exactly what they want to hear. And now, Madam Zora is able to see both the present and the real future of the people who come to see her.

When Matt finally makes up his mind and decides to go and see Madam Zora, he is still not sure of what the future holds. While Madam Zola was conducting a reading on Matt, she discovers that there is a dark body surrounding him just like the way a twin does. The story in this book begins when Matt is dispatching a certain group of high school boys who were trying to rape a girl. Immediately after chasing the boys, two snakes that are owned by the snake charmer try to kill the girl who had just been saved by Matt. To Matt, all this series of events are no mere circumstances and he is more than convinced that there is more than what meets the eye.

Without Matt, Zora would not have discovered her true abilities of reading into someone’s future as she herself was fully aware that she only told people what they wanted to hear. As soon as Matt decided to go and see Madam Zora, things started to get very weird as all her predictions started to come true. Madam Zora soon discovers that the things she had been telling the patrons were not made up. This true visions really scared her.

On one fine day Mr. Dark makes an appearance but unfortunate enough it is only Matt who can see him. The air is filled with suspense and time freezes. Matt slowly progresses into a shock hence he is not able to move. Finally Mr. Dark exits and once again the clock goes into action. Is the dark entity going to make another appearance? When the Mr. Dark reappears once again, are other people going to see him or is it going to be like before? Only time is going to tell what will happen.


The introduction of Madam Zora into the novel really brought a nice twist especially in the department of supporting character especially due to the fact that she had a rather direct relationship with outcome and the plot of the novel. The outcome of this novel is outstanding especially the scene where the carnival goers who were infected by Mr. Dark decided to go on a rampage. While putting all things into perspective, the carnival of Death is one of the books that gives this series the boost that it needed.

Carnival of Death was able to deliver a nice amount of popcorn fiction that is not only easily consumed but also adds a little bit of spice to the dead man mythology and the far-reaching end game. The more one reads this series the more desensitized one becomes especially to what Matt can be able to achieve and what he cannot be able to achieve with his all-powerful manipulation of the trusting axe. All in all the carnival of death is not very enjoyable in each and every aspect but also quite unforgettable just like some of the preceding entries of this episodic life of Matt Cahill; The Dead Man, while in the process ensuring that the series continued to stay strong. If you are an ardent fan of gory horror novels as well as some men’s action genre, then The Dead Man series is a read that you must explore.

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