The cry of coyotes at moonrise.
The whistle of the eastbound train.
The heat of the desert sun.
The western is the quintessential American literary genre, and now we're turning it on its head. From sentient tumbleweeds to time-traveling schoolmarms, desert demons to werejaguars, space-faring herd drivers to gunslinger justice, there's something for everyone.
Featuring many of the best writers in speculative fiction today, saddle up for the thrills – we're going to take you on a wild ride through a West that never was.
Lawless Lands includes 20 mind-bending weird western stories including -
Desert Gods by Aubrey Campbell
Railroad by Matthew J. Hockey
Pixie Season by Seanan McGuire
The Men with No Faces by Alexandra Christian
Lost Words by David B. Coe
Boots of Clay by Laura Anne Gilman
Trickster's Choice by Jo Gerrard
Wolves Howling in the Night by Faith Hunter
To Hear a Howling a Howling Herd by Gunnar De Winter
Calliope Stark:Bone Tree Bounty Hunter by Edmund R. Schubert
Cards and Steel Hearts by Pamela Jeffs
Bloodsilver by A. E. Decker
Volunteered by B. S. Donovan
The Stranger in the Glass by Dave Beynon
Belly Speaker by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Walk the Dinosaur by John G. Hartness
The Time Traveling Schoolmarms of Marlborough County by Barb Hendee
Rainmaker by Margaret S. McGraw
Out of Luck by Jeffrel Hall
Rollin' Death by Jake Bible
Featuring twenty original western short stories from new worlds and the familiar worlds of Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock novels, Laura Anne Gilman's The Devil's West series, and John G. Hartness' Bubba the Monster Hunter series, Lawless Lands is a weird western anthology with something for everyone.
There are twenty short stories here which are all apparently original so I'm sure fans of these authors will be overjoyed to read this. I confess I'd only previously read books by two of these authors but I've been very impressed by the breadth of diversity here. Yes, there's the expected bounty hunters and gun slingers but I think it's the way these authors have taken a traditional idea and given it a huge boost and I loved that females didn't always have to be subservient although there are certainly stories that fit with the quintessential portrayal of men being men! A world of magic, greed and even love so definitely something for everyone. If I'm brutal there was one story that really didn't make sense but I think nineteen out of twenty that truly entertained deserves a high recommendation!
I have voluntarily read Lawless Lands and my thoughts and feelings are honest and I believe fair.