Archive for the ‘Weird West’ Category

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I was completely floored to see that my story, “A Dusty Arrival,” inspired the cover art for issue 70 of the award-winning Australian publication, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, edited by the talented Eugen M. Bacon. The story features a gunslinging couple intent on ridding the Wild West from an invasion of mysterious, mind-altering gremlins.

Excerpt:

A telltale glow that had nothing to do with the sunset bathed the western mountain gorge in unnatural shades of lavender. Melinda didn’t look directly at it from their vantage point on a foothill at the edge of town. The colour made her uneasy, as if it shouldn’t exist in this world. No one knew where the gremlins came from or what they wanted, just that the bizarre light always heralded their arrival.

As an author, it is such a treat to see your words brought to life in a different medium. In the case, artist Roan Carter really did the characters and setting justice.

This action-packed issue is described as follows:

Welcome aboard, voyagers. Sit back, fasten your seat belts, your odyssey awaits. This issue of ASM catapults you to a horde of ghost stories, satanic verses, time travel with dead musos and fairy tales with a twist. Yes, there are AI babies frolicking in their cots, as other tots drift fatherless in starlight. Is that a human host to Alludian larvae? Sci fi, fantasy and horror: we’ve got it all. Here you will find silvery pools bounded by galaxies, ornate havens to gaze out at the stars. Oh, see luminescent gremlins haunt the western mountain gorge, hear their hissing and ear-splitting howls. As the warm night sweeps over the black seas, a small glow emanates from the water, ushering a whole bunch of floating dead crew, mouths open and wide unblinking eyes. You fall back in terror and, just then, a timberthrall claws its way up, already bloodied from a feed, now driven by your screams. Calm down, look: here’s a shrewd poem. A discerning Writers Unearthed interview. A sobering book review. Get refreshments aboard the spacecraft, before facing off with the last monster you shall slay. That’s right, thrust with us to the Otherworld!

Issue 70 can be purchased here.

 

 

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A board game + poker + Weird Wild West = what’s not to love? That about sums AEG‘s Doomtown Reloaded game (**update May 2018–Doomtown is now under Pinnacle Entertainment Group**), which is a one-on-one battle for Wild West town dominance through character and land card abilities, board maneuvers and shootouts via poker hands. Add in a slew of colorful and quirky characters–law dogs, abominations, outlaws and mystics–and it’s not just a game, but a world.

I played the game obsessively for a while, even winning a regional tournament. I also had the chance to write several short fiction pieces to accompany new cards. It was a lot of fun and my first time writing for an LCG (“living card game”–essentially a hybrid of a board game and collectible board game).

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Read “Satiating the Darkness” – A Showstopper Conclusion.

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Read “Rites of the Smoking Mirror.”

 

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Read: “Speaks-with-Earth.”


The full backlog of Doomtown stories are here.