It's not fun to admit, but Blood Meridian is pretty accurate in the way it describes the situation in the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico around 1850. Yes, there were bounties for Aboriginal scalps and yes, people were running around killing one another for any reason they could find. Remember, they called it the Wild West for a reason. It's true that the main characters in this book are fictional, but the world in which they live isn't. And in many ways, the main character of Blood Meridian is the historical moment McCarthy describes in every line he writes.