The Weird Wild West

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Let me begin by saying, I am irrevocably in love with the weird west. This genre absolutely hits a sweet spot for me, and it’s heartbreaking that more people aren’t spinning tales within this bountiful genre. This anthology offers twelve short stories about the full-on spectacular weird west. But of course, like any anthology, I had my favorites; Ruin Creek by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Rattler by R. S. Belcher, Son of the Devil by Jonathan Maberry, Mungo Snead’s Last Stand by Robert E. Waters, Redemption Song by John G. Hartness, and Eighteen Sixty by Faith Hunter.

I’m intrigued to read more from these authors and plan on hunting them down. A vast majority of these stories are well written and very easy to follow from start to finish, no matter how long or short. There were only a few that did not really hold up to the others.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying the genre. It’s the perfect anthology to get your feet wet with.

Overall, I’m giving this book three stars. The stories I didn’t enjoy were really hard to get into and connect with. Those stories I mentioned above, however, I would have totally given four stars had I been reviewing each short story within the book.

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T I T L E: The Weird Wild West

A U T H O R: Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, Margaret S. McGraw, Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin, John G. Hartness, James R. Tuck Jr, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Robert E. Waters, Jonathan Maberry, David Sherman, Ken Schrader , R.S. Belcher, Liz Colter

P U B L I S H • D A T E : eSpec Books

P U B L I S H E R: December 1, 2015

I S B N: 9781942990017 

Weird West, Anthology


The untamed frontier is a challenge, a test of character, a proving ground for the soul. It’s a place where pioneers rewrite their future, or end their days…for better or worse. In the spirit of Bret Maverick, Cat Ballou, Kwai Chang Caine, and James West, The Weird Wild West blends western grit with the magical and mysterious unknown that waits beyond the next horizon.


I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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