Queer Weird West Tales
Frontiers have always attracted the Other - where they find that the Other is always already there. These 22 stories explore what happens when queer characters encounter weirdness on the edge of the worlds they know.
Authors include: Julie Bozza, J.A. Bryson, Dannye Chase, S.E. Denton, Miguel Flores, Adele Gardner, Roy Gray, KC Grifant, Peter Hackney, Bryn Hammond, Narrelle M Harris, Justin Warren Jackson, Toshiya Kamei, Catherine Lundoff, Bunny McFadden, Angus McIntyre, Atlin Merrick, Eleanor Musgrove, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Lauren Scharhag, Sara L. Uckelman, and Dawn Vogel.
Queer Weird West Tales is quite a collection of short stories that fall into different types of liminal fiction. I have to say all of these authors brought their own writing style and left me with many interesting thoughts. I’m sure there is something in this anthology for everyone. I selected a few to review, although they were all great.
NO MERCY DOWN IN THE MIND BY LAUREN SCHARHAG
Lauren Scharhag tells a story of horror, suspense and action that surely changes what the old west was like. She put’s Sally, Joanie and several other women of Mobley first and makes them the heroines of this tale. Page-turner for me!
MAGIC CASEMENTS BY JULIE BOZZA
I especially have to thank Julie Bozza for bringing me an Oscar Wilde tale. I have read and am going to read several more fact/fiction stories that involve Oscar Wilde. I have even delved into Oscar Wilde’s biography and others that knew him during historical times.
MEMENTO MORI BY DAWN VOGEL
Dawn Vogel creates a unique tale of Clamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. It leaves the reader to really use their imagination about where Clamity Jane is and how Hickok got involved with this strange man.
HANDGUNS BY J.A. BRYSON
J.A. Bryson brings a fast paced, exciting and dangerous creation with “Handguns”. Even with this short story all the characters are well described and their feelings come through perfectly. The world building is outstanding and the descriptions just add to all the excitement in “Handguns”. Well done, entertaining and a page-turner for me!
Julie Bozza did a magnificent job in selecting so many fantastic stories for the “Queer Weird West Tales” anthology. All of the stories are well done, entertaining and thought provoking. Everyone of the authors showed off their talent and delivered amazing short stories that are written very well and tease a readers curiosity.
Julie Bozzas’ “Introduction” is a must read as she explains speculative fiction and the different range of LGBTQ+ characters and how each author has made them part of their stories.
Magnificent group collaboration, well worth the read!