When you introduce magic into a real-world setting, you don’t only have to deal with the problems that magic introduces — you have to deal with the problems that already existed in that real world setting. 855 more words
I've been thinking a bit about the genre sometimes known as "weird western" of late. The concept is one that really strikes a chord with me and I love the idea of a low-tech frontier dealing with supernatural forces. I'd hope for more out of the movie Cowboys & Aliens; after all, six-shooters and horses vs. aliens and UFOs seemed ripe for a truly awesome story. Joe R. Lansdale's Deadman's Road is in my TBR pile, and Hunter Shea's Hell Hole has certainly caught my eye. Thanks to John Scalzi's blog, I can now add One Night in Sixes to my list. It sounds dynamite! Author Arianne 'Tex' Thompson writes, "But as nervous as I am about this Big Idea and how it will be received, the even-bigger one behind it – that is, the push for a more inclusive bookshelf, and the importance of being able to re-imagine our own history without sweeping the uncomfortable bits under the rug – is one that I am really excited about. I hope you will be too." I certainly am. And the quote drawing a quick comparison to Stephen King's The Dark Tower doesn't hurt any, either! Be sure to check out the original post at Whatever.