Virgin Jackson dusts off the chaps and spurs

I’m overjoyed to say that my wonderful agent and equally wonderful publisher are sick of me wibbling on about my cowpunk story and have told me to go and write it so they can see if they like it. My fingers are itching to start clickety clicking but first I’ll get out my Timeline Cowboys series and my Zane Grey’s and enjoy a bit of genre submergence (???). Stephen Dedman has also recommended the anthology Razored Saddles. If anyone’s read any good modern weird westerns, please sing out. Skull Full of Spurs looks interesting, and here’s a great review from IO9 for the new Cowboys and Aliens movie:

“Along with the rest of the crowd, I was left breathless and wondering how this would all play out. Will this be hard science fiction, or more fantastical like the Indiana Jones series? What will the aliens look like? Is Harrison Ford actually playing a bad guy? And Daniel Craig as a cowboy? Sign me the fuck up. Seriously – I predict that this film, based on a comic book by Scott Rosenberg, is going to be mindblowingly awesome when it comes out this time next year.”

  • Have you read The Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt? I really enjoyed it, not sure how ‘western’ it really is, but it does use some of the genre iconography and the main character is very cool.

  • Marianne

    I’ve heard great things about it. will have a look. Have you read the ‘cowboys and aliens’ graphic novel?

  • Rowena

    Cowpunk, ooh, I like the sound of that.

    Go, Marianne!

  • Marianne

    Thanks R, I’m psyched.

  • I hear good things about A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files, first in a weird Western series. I haven’t read it yet, but am looking forward to it.

    (And, yeah, my Rangergirl isn’t entirely a weird Western, but it has many weird Western elements contained within it)

  • Marianne

    Hi Tim,
    thanks for that. I’ll get a copy from Pulp Fiction bookstore. Be interested to see who’s publishing it.
    And Rangergirl’s been on my list for a while.


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