eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


More love for the Weird Wild West this week. Congrats to Jonathan Maberry and James R. Tuck for their spotlight in Darrell Grizzle’s Amazon review. Click the links to read the full reviews.

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“This Anthology introduced me to some new authors I have since hunted down to read their full-length work, plus reminded me of a lot of favorites. […]A combination of western, fantasy, and steampunk, the Weird Wild West anthology presents the frontier world that may have been.” 4 Stars, Erin Penn, Amazon

“A few of the stories in this anthology of Weird Westerns are clunkers, but overall most of them are very good. […] Highly recommended.” 4 Stars, Darrell Grizzle, Amazon

 

 

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


As we get ready to run off to our final convention of the year (DerpyCon) this has been a week of running around scrambling to get things done. In the midst of all of that reviews of our newest releases have started popping up.

We’d like to share with you some of our favorite blurbs. Click on the provided links to read the full reviews.

Congrats to all our authors for jobs clearly well-done!

TW3-COVER-REVAMP“[In The Weird Wild West] eSpec Books has pulled together a fine collection of tales with just enough weirdness, fandom is bound to enjoy every page.” Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories

“[The Weird Wild West] is a show of skill by the authors who wrote short stories with skill and flair.” Ailyn, Good Reads

“[The Weird Wild West] takes the grit and glory that epitomizes the old west and gives it many delightful speculative spins.” Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Good Reads

 

Good-Evil“[The Side of Good / The Side of Evil] is a very highly entertaining book and a very enjoyable read.” Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

“In The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, villains get their time in the sun and are also painted with more depth and humanity than usual.” Meredith, Good Reads

“[The Side of Good / The Side of Evil] is definitely a keeper, and worth making into a doujinshi/ comic.” Ailyn, Good Reads

Our thanks go out to all the reviewers not only for liking our books, but for taking the time to tell the world.

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY – THE WEIRD WILD WEST


Want to win a copy of The Weird Wild West, edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw? Here’s your chance! Now through the end of November we are holding a Goodreads Giveaway for three copies of the book. Register to win.TW3-COVER-REVAMP

Why the Weird Wild West?

The untamed frontier is a challenge, a test of character, a proving ground for the soul. It’s a place where pioneers rewrite their future, or end their days…for better or worse. In the spirit of Bret Maverick, Cat Ballou, Kwai Chang Caine, and James West, The Weird Wild West blends western grit with the magical and mysterious unknown that waits beyond the next horizon.

With thrilling stories by Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, John Hartness, RS Belcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Misty Massey, James R. Tuck, Robert E. Waters, David Sherman, Tonia Brown and many more, you’ve hit the Mother Lode!

UPDATE – THE WEIRD WILD WEST


eSpec Books is proud to share with the Table of Contents for The Weird Wild West (final order yet to be determined)

  • Diana Pharaoh Francis – Grasping Rainbows
  • James Tuck – From Parts Unknown
  • John Hartness – Redemption Song
  • Gail Z. Martin and Larry M. Martin – Ruin Creek
  • Tonia Brown – Frank & Earnest
  • R S Belcher – Rattler
  • Jonathan Maberry – Son of a Gun
  • Robert Waters – Mungo Snead’s Last Stand
  • David Sherman – Rocky Rolls Gold
  • Liz Colter – Sundown
  • Scott C. Hungerford – Fifteen Seconds
  • Frances Rowat – Abishag Mary
  • Ken Schrader – Haven
  • Bryan C. P. Steele – Via Con Diablo
  • Wendy N. Wagner – Blood Tellings
  • Misty Massey – (As Yet Untitled)
  • SUPER SECRET SURPRISE!

Congrats to everyone, this is going to be one hell of a book!

Based on the current progress, the book is scheduled to release sometime in October.

We also have a few surprises up our sleeves…but we are not at liberty to let those cats out of the bag yet!

PROJECT UPDATE – THE WEIRD WILD WEST


We have an update from the editors. They have narrowed down the selections for the six open-submission slots in the book. They assure me they will be announcing final line-up soon.

In the meantime, to whet your whistle, as it were, here is the back cover copy for the book:

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Why the Weird Wild West?

The untamed frontier is a challenge… a test of character… a proving ground for the soul… It’s a place where pioneers rewrite their future, or end their days…for better or worse. In the spirit of Bret Maverick, Cat Ballou, Kwai Chang Caine, and James West, The Weird Wild West blends western grit with the magical and mysterious unknown that waits beyond the next horizon.

With thrilling stories by Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin, John Hartness, RS Belcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Misty Massey, James R. Tuck, Robert E. Waters, David Sherman, Tonia Brown and many more, you’ve hit the Mother Lode!

DEADLINE REMINDER – THE WEIRD WILD WEST


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Don’t forget, for those interested in submitting to the Weird Wild West anthology, tomorrow is your deadline!

Whether you’re talking about the wild frontier, the Final Frontier, the literary frontier, or all three at once, The Weird Wild West edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw pushes those boundaries. This collection takes all those things you love about genre fiction and marries it to that western grit we cut our teeth on as kids with classics like The Lone Ranger, Kung Fu, and The Wild Wild West.

Featuring stories by John Hartness, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James R. Tuck, Gail Z. Martin, RS Belcher, Robert E. Waters, Jonathan Maberry, David Sherman, Tonia Brown, Misty Massey, and six authors yet to be selected.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, in .doc or .docx format. Stories should be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. No multiple or simultaneous submissions, and please, no reprints.

We seek stories of the Wild West in all its glory but with that delicious left turn into weirdness.  The stories must be related to, inspired by, or set in a Western setting, whether on Earth, in a fantasy world, or on another planet. Let your imagination run free figuring out what dangers the frontier folk might face from magic or science (or both!)

A couple of disclaimers here – we’re definitely not looking for hard erotica.  If there’s sexual behavior in your story that drives the plot along, that’s fine.  If the only point to your story is sex, please reconsider submitting it.

eSpec Books and its editors do not support the marginalization or discrimination of any individual or group due to any trait, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, or orientation. We seek to produce fiction that is respectful and in good taste. While individual characters in that fiction may be shown in or see others in a less than favorable light, as any individual might in life depending on their choices and behaviors, our projects will never support the derogatory representation of any particular group or messages that encourage such viewpoints.

Authors receive a 1% royalty share of the profits from both the kickstarter and on-going sales, plus 2 comp copies and a 50% discount on purchased copies.

RIGHTS: We are asking First time print and electronic world rights in the English language, one year exclusive, three years non-exclusive. Once the agreement transitions into non-exclusive you are free to shop it elsewhere as a reprint, but please note that you will be limited to markets that accept reprints, and most will not want to accept a story that is still in print elsewhere. Please take this under consideration when submitting your work.

Submissions close March 31, 2015.

Email submissions to weirdwildwestsubmissions@gmail.com