Genre: Western/Science Fiction/Paranormal/Short Story
Approximate word count: 50-55,000 words
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Multiple authors: Joshua Reynolds, Joel Jenkins, Ian Taylor, Thomas Deja, Mike McGee, Barry Reese, Ian Mileham, Derrick Ferguson, and Bill Kte’pi each contributed a story.
“Nine original tales of the weird, Wild West.”
Although one of the stories is futuristic and set in space instead of the historical Wild West, the environment is still not unlike the old west (it does deal with rustlers). Most of these stories are set in the old west and are at least marginally in the western genre. However, each has something more, whether a paranormal twist (vampires and zombies make appearances) or a supernatural element of some kind. None of them is going to be mistaken for Zane Grey.
Although it has been several decades since I last read something in the Western genre and many would claim the genre is dead (despite John Locke’s Emmett Love Western series proving there is a market among Kindle readers), I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. As you can expect with an anthology, some of the stories resonated more than others, but the strange genre blending was weird in a way I liked. If you like westerns or paranormal, taking a walk on the weird side should feed your normal craving while adding a little of that spice that some call variety.
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars