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[GUEST POST] Danielle Ackley-McPhail on Tales of THE WEIRD WILD WEST

Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books. Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. Her latest project is the crowd-funded anthology Tales of the Weird Wild West.

The Weird Wild West

by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Pioneers, Visionaries, Outlaws, the fringes of Society forging their own way in the world, braving the unknown, exploring it…conquering it…making it their own.

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.

Time to make some new classics with authors Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin, R.S. Belcher, Tonia Brown, John Hartness, James R. Tuck, Misty Massey and Diana Pharaoh Francis.

Here are some of the stories we have lined up:

  • From James R. Tuck: What happens when a blood-cutting Spellslinger runs into the immortal creature created by Victor Von Frankenstein?
  • From Tonia Brown: A pair of outlaws are mistaken for private detectives and find themselves on the trail of a strange inventor who turns out to be collecting cats for a devious purpose.
  • From Diana Pharaoh Francis: In a frontier where magic abounds, Gray Neff gets caught up between a hated sorcerer and a native enemy, and discovers that she is far more than anyone ever expected she could be.
  • From Robert Waters: It’s the summer of 1885, and Captain Mungo Snead is in trouble. How can he defend a position against a killing machine intent on eliminating the human race?
  • From Misty Massey: When a young fairy wrangler crosses paths with a mysterious man while on the hunt, she must answer three questions that will determine whether she lives free or becomes a slave to magic forever.
  • From John Hartness: Bubba the Monster Hunter gets magically transported to the Wild West, where he helps the local sheriff track down a chalupa, err . . . a chimichanga, no, wait, a chupacabra. Yeah, that’s it, a chupacabra.

Not only that, but in the fine tradition of those cowboys and girls looking to make a name for themselves, the editors have reserved a minimum of four publication slots for open-submission stories, guidelines can be found at the bottom of the campaign page:

Now for the nitty gritty. In order to pay the contributors and editors a decent fee in advance, this project is being funded through Kickstarter. We have some great pledge rewards such as art prints, custom jewelry from our fairy wrangler, tuckerizations by John Hartness, Misty Massey, Gail Z. Martin, Diana Pharaoh Francis and James R. Tuck, manuscript critiques and even cameos for your pets…The authors have also donated loads of extra stories for stretch goals and pre-goal rewards.

We are running two contests:

  1. For each $500 sub-goal we reach ($3500, $4000, $4500, $5000), all backers will receive a bonus bundle of digital fiction.
  2. When we hit our goal of $5500, one backer at the $20 or higher level will receive promotional goodies, plus the following mega-western pack of movies and classic TV:
    • Paul
    • Serenity
    • High Plains Drifter
    • Joe Kidd
    • Two Mules for Sister Sara
    • Tombstone
    • The Outlaw Josey Wales
    • Pale Rider
    • Lone Ranger (12 classic episodes)
    • Shotgun Slade (eight episodes)
    • Zorro (24 episodes)
    • The Cisco Kid (six episodes)

So, won’t you stake your claim on this prime territory?

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