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.
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.
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
J.W. Collins, Western Author
Six-Guns and Strange Shooters: A Weird West Primer from Tor.com
The Weird Wild West: 10 Great Horror Westerns [films] from Bloody-Disgusting.com
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 BestFantasyBooks.com
Old West Legends - Adventures in the American West from Legends of America
Buffalo Soldiers from History.com
Buffalo Soldier Museum official website
Coahuila y Tejas from Wikipedia
Pony Express from Encyclopedia Britannia