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Something Wicked This Way Rides
An anthology of weird westerns and genre fiction set in the Wild West.
"This anthology has a range of stories that capture the sense of adventure and unruliness the setting typically evokes."
~ Shane Spentki, Amazon four-star review
For paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited
This book is appropriate for teenagers.
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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 anyone 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 up with unusual tales that we are proud and honored to share with you.

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

Gustavo Bondoni

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen

Kenneth Bykerk

Dwain Campbell

Gregg Chamberlain

Vonnie Winslow Crist

Stuart Croskell

Lawrence Dagstine

J.B. Dane

Q Parker

Peter Prellwitz

Alistair Rey

John B. Rosenman

Darrell Schweitzer

Bradley H. Sinor

Matias Traviseo-Diaz

Charles Wilkinson

Martin Zeigler

Interviews for Something Wicked This Way Rides

Andrea Thomas - Editor

Jason J. McCuiston - "Tears of Winter" and "And Hell Followed With Him"

Gustavo Bondoni - "Borrowed Gods"

Kevin M. Folliard - "Inner Skin"

John B. Rosenman - "The Tears of Scorpions" and "State of the Art"

Matias Travieso-Diaz - "Showdown in the Panhandle"

Jonathon Mast - "A Drink With the Devil"

Alistair Rey - "What Hath God Wrought?"

Steve Gladwin - "The Ballad of Billie Lee"

John A. Frochio - "Sunset Cowboy"

Lawrence Dagstine - "The Show Must Go On"

Peter Prellwitz - "Partners"

J.B. Dane - "The Tombstone Affair: A North Pole Security Historical Tale"

Kenneth Bykerk - "Claude"

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