Once Upon a Time in The Weird West (Ariel’s Review)

Title: Once Upon a Time in The Weird West
Authors: Jamie Fessenden, Andrew Q. Gordon, Jana Denardo, Kim Fielding, Shira Anthony, Tali Spencer, Venona Keyes, Lex Chase, C.S. Poe, Nicole Kimberling, Ginn Hale, Astrid Amara, Langley Hyde
Type: Anthology
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Historical
Page Count: 400
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This isn’t the same old Wild West. The usual suspects are all present: cowboys, outlaws, and sheriffs. There’s plenty of dust, tumbleweeds, horses, and cattle on the range, but there are also magical gems, automatons, elementals, airships… even dinosaurs and genetically modified insects. Roaming among the buffalo and coyotes, you’ll encounter skinwalkers, mad engineers, mythical beings cloaked in darkness, and lovers who stay true to their oaths… even beyond the grave. On this frontier are those at the mercy of their own elaborate devices as well as men whose control of time and space provides a present-day vision of the West. There might even be a dragon hidden amongst the ghost towns and wagon trains.

If you like your Westerns with a splash of magic, a touch of steampunk, and plenty of passionate romance between men, these genre-bending tales will exceed expectations.

Hold on to your hats, cowboys and cowgirls. The West is about to get weird, and you’re in for a hell of a ride.


The amazing cover drew me, the fantastic list of authors drew me, the great many stories drew me. This is one great book.

This book has such a great variety in the sci-fi fantasy paranormal genre with a strong Western theme throughout. You’re transported to the Old West where you can taste the dust and feel baking heat and smell the leather. You are then transported to a Dragon’s Lair and you get to meet an alien king. There is so much in this book it’s amazing.

There is really a story for everyone. From zombies to dragons, from magic to steampunk. If you love sci-fi / fantasy and the paranormal, and if you love cowboys and The Wild Wild West, then you will absolutely love this book.

I highly recommend it and encourage you to get a copy.

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