Weird Westerns

A very rare and elusive sub-genre - combining the iconic ideals of the American Old West with the dark brooding tropes of the monster movie.
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message 1: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom I've read a very few Weird Westerns. Not sure if its because I was a big fan of Westerns -via TV and later books- before I got all up in fantasy or what, but I have a hard time meshing those two genres.
I really want to find a good one though, any recommendations?


message 2: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Not having read many Weird Westerns; right now I'm torn between; the Golgotha series by R. S. Belcher, Heaven's Gate by Guy Adams, or Weird West Tales by Mike Resnick.
Any recommnedations? Please help a fellow book worm pick a good weird western.


message 3: by Justin (new)

Justin Now this is what I call a serious list!


message 4: by audrey (new)

audrey This is a great list! Quick question: is there any supernatural or monster content in Cowgirl?


message 5: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Moore Greg wrote: "I've read a very few Weird Westerns. Not sure if its because I was a big fan of Westerns -via TV and later books- before I got all up in fantasy or what, but I have a hard time meshing those two ge..."

Dead in the West is awesome if you like your Weird Westerns gory and gothic.

If you prefer a more subdued but ballsy approach try Cormac McCarthy. Specifically, Blood Meridian or Outer Dark.

Also, if you like classic american horror, check out Robert E. Howard and Ambrose Bierce.


message 6: by Alan (last edited Jul 29, 2020 02:13PM) (new)

Alan Greg wrote: "I've read a very few Weird Westerns. Not sure if its because I was a big fan of Westerns -via TV and later books- before I got all up in fantasy or what, but I have a hard time meshing those two ge..."

I can whole heartedly turn you to the Golgotha books by Belcher, Six Gun Tarot and Shotgun Arcana.

One that isn't on the list above is Portlandtown by Rob Deborde

The Guy Adams Wormwood books (the ones with titles that are riffs on spaghetti western titles) are a good time as well.

I really enjoyed Devil's Tower and Devil's Engine by Mark Sumner. Regrettably, there are only those two books.


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