The Dead of the West is an epic/horror western written by T.C Micheal. The story sets on an undead marshal named John Slade who once fought during the Civil War until he suffered injury from the fight between the Union and Confederate fronts, fortunately he survived when a mysterious man in a black suit healed him and gave him a scroll with a list of "sinners". John believes that the man is the devil who is asking him to fulfill the role of a grim reaper. Throughout the story John meets many characters and real life western figures such as Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Bat Materson.
John Slade once fought during the Civil War in 1862 but during a battle in the South he was wounded by enemy cannon fire and was declared missing in action. Not long after, John was healed by a mysterious figure and gave him a scroll containing "the evildoers" and must apprehend them and is also granted the power of immortality. Years later, John becomes a bounty hunter and is in search for the "sinners" by going through adventures and using his new power.
- Main article: List of The Dead of the West arcs
John goes through many adventures in apprehending criminals and meets many historical figures. Once he teamed up with Wyatt Earp to dispatch an outlaw's gang of bandits and once travailed with Bat Masterson.
Slade was once a soldier who fought during the Civil War. After dying in combat, he was resurrected by a mysterious individual who granted him immortality and taking the role as the grim reaper. John also meets many of the historical figures of the Old West.
Behind the scenes
The series takes influence from Clint Eastwood's 1995 film Unforgiven and Sergio Corbucci's 1966 film Django. The series also shares influential traits with Ghost Rider and Spawn.