I have two books, Beyond the Horizon and Ghosts of the Desert. While both are Westerns, they tell very different stories.

Beyond the Horizon is an allegorical tale of a man subsisting on the Great Plains in the early days of the United States. The story follows his quest to legitimize his family and overcome obstacles put in his way by a mysterious stranger. Like the setting, the story is bleak and brutally violent.

Ghosts of the Desert is set in the 1970s Utah desert. A young anthropologist, Norman Baker, has set out to study the ghost towns of the southwest when he is abducted by a family of outcasts. Norman is repulsed, yet attracted to the clan’s bizarre practices. As he sinks deeper into their way of life, he begins to uncover his own sordid past.