This excerpt is a sneak peak at the foreward for Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology (publication scheduled March 2019). This excerpt has been set for this blog post only and may not reflect the final content of the forthcoming edition.
Most of us are used to the concept of a science fiction western by now. However, as a writer who works in the blended genre, I find that fantasy western is a harder sell. But I think it’s a natural fit.
The truth is that the Wild West, as visualized in the North American consciousness, is a myth. And like all myths, it has a certain universal human appeal; at least, if it’s done well. Fantasy also deals primarily in myth. Many of the themes common to both milieus are older than remembered time.
In curating these stories, I decided that there would have to be more than…
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