Westerns

Review: The Weird Wild West

The Weird Wild West from eSpec Books brings new insight on what pioneer life could have been like as it takes readers across the fantastic frontiers of imagination.

Review: Earthbound by Adam Lewinson

Earthbound by Adam Lewinson is a multifaceted story well suited for fandom. Filled with science fiction, mystery, romance, western and even a hint of space adventure, the possibilities are endless.

Review: Gearteeth by Timothy Black

Loyal fans of Steampunk will embrace the thought-provoking elements of Timothy Black’s Gearteeth while rediscovering new twists on some old features often found in classic horror stories.

A Fan’s Anniversary of Sorts

Some personal fannish history, a couple of takes on Amazing Stories from 1938, a recap of Modesty Blaise, a pic of John Travolta and a review of John M. Whalen’s Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto. What’s not to like?

Review: The Good the Bad and the Infernal by Guy Adams

Just about everyone loves a good western. But when you add in the Steampunk element, the story immediately evolves from the classic exploration of the frontier to a grand tale of adventure and wonder. Given the concurrent timeline of the two genres, their literary compatibility and success is no surprise.

Excerpt: Vampire Seige At Rio Muerto

“Hunting monsters is my business.” It’s more than a catch phrase that Monster Hunter Mordecai Slate uses. It’s a way of life—a way that is sorely tested when a wealthy New Mexican ranchero hires him to track down the vampire who ravished his daughter.

Book Review: “Bad Sanctuary”

The weird western is alive and well. Or should that be undead and well? No matter, this subgenre seems to be enjoying a surge in popularity. After reading “Bad Sanctuary”, it’s easy to see why.

A conversation with the Hall of Fame illustrator Murray Tinkelman

This past February I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Murray Tinkelman, the famous and award winning illustrator. This came about by my wanting to do something different for once in the blog. Mr. Tinkelman has been one of my favourite cover artists since the middle 1970s when he illustrated the front and […]

The Loneliest Ranger

The Lone Ranger, Gore Verbinsky’s revisionist telling of the legend of the masked man of the plains, will no doubt go down in history as the box office disaster of the summer of 2013. At a cost of $250 million, plus additional millions spent on advertising, the film failed to draw the public’s interest and has so […]

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The Sixth Gun and the Problems of Polish

It may seem perverse to fault a work for feeling too perfectly crafted, but the polish of Oni Press’ comics series The Sixth Gun, the sense of every element being in its ideal place, hindered my enjoyment of the series’ first volume, “Cold Dead Fingers”—but that dissonant experience says more about the media age in […]