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Something Wicked This Way Rides

An anthology of weird westerns and genre fiction in the Wild West
Available in paperback and on Kindle
JULY 1, 2021

Double, double toil and trouble...

Shakespeare began the tense apprehension with his melodic yet warning phrase.

Ray Bradbury continued the dark and ominous foreboding that oozes between the words.

Now, it has come to the North American Old West, a world with its severe terrain and hardened residents. The rules were harsher out here, the ethics and morals changed, the fight for life and liberty quite different than anything these pioneers, these outlaws, these six-shooters and rebel rousers, these unquestionably brave men and women had bargained for.

For them, something wicked certainly rode.

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble...

In this anthology, we explore the Old West with a skewed view, showcasing the weird western genre through stories that explore the peculiar and fantastic, the wicked that was and could have been. You'll experience spiritual nightmares, mythical monsters, cosmic outlaws, discerning gods, and science run amok. Even the North Pole Security Division isn't immune to the supernatural strangeness that stalks the late 1800s. In the tradition of pulp and western stories of a bygone era, these are thirty tales to intrigue, amaze, and perhaps downright spook you out of your boots.

So brew up some coffee, head out to the rocking chair on the porch, and tilt your hat to shade your eyes so you can read real close. Just be sure to keep one eye on the horizon, and one hand near your holster. For...

With dark intentions and creatures astride,

Something wicked this way rides.

The Author Corral

These authors have graced us with unusual tales that we are proud and honored to share with you.

We recommend taking a gander at their other works as well.

Q Parker

Peter Prellwitz

John B. Rosenman

Alistair Rey

Darrell Schweitzer

Bradley H. Sinor

Matias Travieso-Diaz

Charles Wilkinson

Martin Zeigler

Within these pages...

While we wait for Something Wicked This Way Rides to be released,

here's some of the subjects and events the authors have used to flesh out their stories,

along with some explanation of what weird westerns actually are.

We hope you'll sit a spell and learn a thing or two.

Weird West on Wikipedia

Weird West: A Creative Combination of Genres [2 parts] from

J.W. Collins, Western Author

Six-Guns and Strange Shooters: A Weird West Primer from

The Weird Wild West: 10 Great Horror Westerns [films] from

Favorite Western Pulps from Rough Edges by James Reasoner

Where to Begin with the Weird West [films] from the British Film Institute

Weird West Fantasy from

Old West Legends - Adventures in the American West from Legends of America

Buffalo Soldiers from

Buffalo Soldier Museum official website

Coahuila y Tejas from Wikipedia

Pony Express from Encyclopedia Britannia

History of Arizona Gold Mining from Western Mining History

California Gold Rush from

Painted Ladies of the Old West from Legends of America

Wild West shows from Wikipedia

Gambling in the Old West from Legends of America

Frontier Dentistry from True West Magazine

Native American Mythology & Legends from Legends of America

Native Indian Legends and Folklore from

Native Languages of the Americas

Civil War Ghosts official website

Loa from Wikipedia

Gaea from

Giant Beaver from the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre

Roanoke Colony from Wikipedia

Images from top to bottom:

Book cover image by InvisibleNature; book cover design by Dark Owl Publishing, LLC

Skeletal cowboy image by Vlad Min from Pixabay

Weird West by Tarmo Juhola

The Snake Eater by Jake Clark

New Lands by Weston T. Jones