Treasure, Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends cowboy action with a touch of steampunk technology and magic to create a tale that might appeal to both fantasy and western fans. Clark grew up in the brothel where his mother works, sneaking the occasional valuable from her clients’ clothes while they’re distracted. However, when the flask of absinthe he steals from … Continue reading Treasure, Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth

Wild Frontiers: The Amarillo Job

We conclude our ride through Wild Frontiers with an extract from Jeffrey L. Blehar's ‘The Amarillo Job’, the classic tale of a wandering stranger updated for the petrol age. I had planned to drive straight through from Santa Fe to Tulsa, stopping only when I needed gasoline for the Roadster. One of the necessary stops … Continue reading Wild Frontiers: The Amarillo Job

Wild Frontiers: Such is the Nature of the Change

We continue our ride through Wild Frontiers with an extract from Stephen M. Coghlan's ‘Such is the Nature of the Change’, a tale not of the West That Was but of a West That Might Be where gunslingers stride the edge of civilisation again. The massed choir was rough in tone and agonized in note, … Continue reading Wild Frontiers: Such is the Nature of the Change

Wild Frontiers: Mystery Train

We continue our ride through Wild Frontiers with an extract from Misha Burnett's ‘Mystery Train’, the tale of a man who discovers sometimes you don't have to be good, you just have to be good enough. “Did you see much action during the war, Mr. Moriarty?” Isaiah Cotton, the Salt Lake City stationmaster asked. Sean … Continue reading Wild Frontiers: Mystery Train

Wild Frontiers: Hangman’s Knot

We continue our ride through Wild Frontiers with an extract from Kevin M. Folliard's ‘Hangman's Knot’, a tale about the difference between law and justice. Late afternoon, the town square was all but deserted. Daniel Kenny was on his way to Hackshaw’s Saloon when he spotted a lone rider on the horizon. He fingered the … Continue reading Wild Frontiers: Hangman’s Knot