There’s Stories In Them There Hills!


Y’all, I’m so excited to announce this, I can hardly sit still!  Our wonderful publisher, eSpec Books, has come up with some bonus stories to offer everyone who backs the Weird Wild West kickstarter, and it’s pretty incredible.

For each $500 sub-goal we reach ($3500, $4000, $4500, $5000), all backers will immediately receive a bonus bundle of digital fiction with prizes from Gail Z. Martin, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Cynthia Ward, and Ragnarok Publishing, among others.  Right this minute, we’re $134 away ftom breaking our first subgoal!

When we hit our goal of $5500, one backer at the $20 or higher level will receive a package of promotional goodies, plus the following mega-western pack of movies and classic TV:

  • Paul
  • Serenity
  • High Plains Drifter
  • Joe Kidd
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara
  • Tombstone
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Pale Rider
  • Lone Ranger (12 classic episodes)
  • Shotgun Slade (eight episodes)
  • Zorro (24 episodes)
  • The Cisco Kid (six episodes)

Isn’t that incredible?  All that great western watching for some lucky backer, in addition to all the amazing reading you’ll get just for backing this project!

If you’re already a backer, thank you so much!  We appreciate your support and look forward to bringing you some quality stories.  If you have a minute, could you share the link and convince your friends to back us too?  We’ve even got pre-written social media blurbs you can use if you like.

So, flag down the Pony Express, hop on that telegram, break out those smoke signals…or head over to the social media site of your choice and spread the word! The more people we get on board, the quicker we unlock those prizes! Want to help us make this happen? Here are some social media posts you can use.

Twitter: Help the Weird Wild West hit goal and unlock prizes along the way! Back a winner here: @eSpecBooks

Facebook: Back the Weird Wild West anthology here and you could strike gold! Sub-goal rewards include stories by Gail Martin, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and collections from Ragnarok Publishing, among others.

webbanner copyTonight on Talk of the Tavern, our great publisher, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, will be their guest, so if you feel like listening, the fun begins at 9 pm!



Margaret McGraw, Gail Martin and I will be appearing at Illogicon this weekend in Cary, NC.  We’d love to see some of you there, if you can make it!  Here’s my schedule:

Friday, January 9, 2015
4 pm The History of Anything You Want To Know
A panel of ‘experts’ take questions from the audience and produce a completely un-researched response.
Chris Garcia, Miley Mason, Gray Rinehart, John Kessel, Misty Massey
5 pm Contemporary Cultural Influences
The future looks familiar… Come discuss the contemporary infuences that show up in dystopian views of the future
Jacqueline Carey, Betty Cross, Misty Massey
9 pm Bwa Ha Ha!
Let’s talk about some of the best literary villains, and techniques writers can use to make a truly memorable bad guy.
Gail Martin, James Maxey, Garth Graham, Bill Ferris, Misty Massey
Saturday, January 10, 2015
12 pm How the West Was Weird
From The Dark Tower to Firefly to Cowboys and Aliens, fantasy set in the wild, weird west is becoming a popular niche in speculative fiction.
Margaret McGraw, Gail Martin, Chris Garcia, Misty Massey
4 pm Live Action Slush
A quick-moving, helpful exercise for writers.
Edmund Schubert, Gray Rinehart, James Maxey, Misty Massey
Sunday, January 11, 2015
10 am Religion & Myth
A discussion of religion and mythology in SF and fantasy

Jacqueline Carey, Natania Barron, Debra Killeen, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Misty Massey



3 comments to There’s Stories In Them There Hills!

  • Wow! Shotgun Slade! I haven’t thought about that show in ages. It was at the time one of my favorites. What a great prize package. Incredible. Best of luck with the project.

  • Razziecat

    Wish I could make the con, I’d LOVE to attend the panel about religion and mythology in SF/Fantasy. My stories always have an element of religion in them and it’s fascinating to see how different authors use it in their works.

  • Vyton, thanks!

    Razzie, I’m so excited to meet Jacqueline Carey that I’ll probably be terrible on the panels I have with her. *laughs* I was a huge fan of her Kushiel books. Back when the second one was published, I went to the library to check it out, only to be told that not only did the library not have a copy on hand, they “would not order that book through the interlibrary loan system, because it was not the kind of subject the library wanted within its walls.” Hee!