The Weird Wild West

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The Weird Wild West

I wouldn't call myself a fan of westerns. I don't dislike them, I'm just not crazy about them. What I am a fan of is weird. Add some ghosts or aliens to anything and I'm on board.  Here are a few weird westerns that I can't get enough of.

Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
This is the second novel by Cormac McCarthy. In it, a woman gives birth to her brother's baby. The brother decides to leave the baby in the woods to die. He then goes on the run, and is followed by three men who might or might not really be there. The sister learns that the baby was found and taken it, so she tries to track it down. For all the bad luck the brother has, the sister has good in equal amounts.

The Buntline Special: a weird west tale by Mike Resnick
The story of the O.K. Corral gets an update here - one that includes electricity, the un-dead, and horseless stagecoaches. Don't worry, Doc Holliday will see us through this difficult procedure.

Jonah Hex - Graphic Novels
Hex is a D.C. Comics cowboy. He made his first appearance in 1977, and he was a pretty standard western archetype. He is a bounty hunter who is honor bound to protect the innocent. More recently, he has time traveled to the current day, died, become a zombie, and possessed a supermodel.

Cowboys & Aliens by Fred Van Lente
A group of cowboys and a group of Apache in 1873 see an alien spaceship crash in the desert. The two groups must learn to work together if they want to protect their world from conquest. Plus, there are aliens on flying motorcycle-like vehicles who want to take over the Earth.

Serenity 
Directed by Joss Whedon, this movie serves as a sequel to the TV show Firefly, and is a western set in space. A desperate group of outlaws does whatever they can to survive while they are chased by the law. They rob a bank, are chased by a sword wielding assassin, and end it all with a giant gunfight. One of the crew almost has super powers after extensive brain surgery at the hand of the government. As you can imagine, she is not eager to be returned to their care. In the end, they ride off into the sunset.