Way Out West
Edited by Adam Chamberlain & Brian
Since the Western first dawned as a
popular literary and cinematic brand, creative minds have been
breaking its seemingly strict boundaries by incorporating elements
of other genres. Imagine haunted hangings, interstellar cattle
drives, and romance on the Western Trail. Imagine undead lawmen,
magic bullets, and cowboys battling aliens.
Way Out West explores just
this sort of terrain. This unusual anthology presents an array of
imaginative short stories that combine the Western with other
literary forms. These stories include elements of various
disparate genresómystery, horror, fantasy, speculative fiction,
magical realismóbut each is undeniably rooted in the great
tradition of the Western. The pairings are unexpected and the
blending insightful, allowing for a meaningful exploration of the
Western's traditional themes through potent plots, evocative
environments, and compelling character conflicts. If the story boldly ventures beyond
the boundaries of the traditional Western, you may find yourself
Way Out West!
includes stories by Davin Ireland, Alexander Zelenyj, Sam Hawken,
Dennis Sjolie, Trent Roman, and J. R. Cain.