For today’s Wishing for A Wormhole, let’s head into the past. There’s a fairly new horror subgenre that’s starting to pick up steam: western horror. This strange little category takes your Buffalo Bill Codys and your Butch Cassidy’s and pits them against the terrible things that haunt our nightmares.
Massacre at Lonesome Ridge, a zombie western, was literally born of a nightmare. A Twitter friend had a dream about a wagon train being attacked by zombies. She said “Someone needs to write this.” I immediately called dibs. Cowboys and Aliens was an awesome movie and I had visions of cheesetastic horrifically written pulp fiction running through my head. Well, to my delight (and honestly, a bit of dismay because I really like cheesy books and movies), the Lonesome Ridge series shaped up to be pretty darn good, even if I do say so myself. The wagon train was replaced by the town of Lonesome Ridge, and some truly dynamic characters found their ways to center stage.
Imagine John Wayne in his old Western movies, black and white with a six-shooter at his side. Then picture a horde of flesh-eating men and women raised from the dead, swarming at him from all sides. Throw in a cute saloon girl, a trio of outlaws, a Crazy Indian, and a pair of orphans and you have yourself an idea of the twisting, bloody chaos that runs rampant through Massacre at Lonesome Ridge and its upcoming sequel, Blood & Dust.
If horror is your thing, especially zombies with a nifty twist, pick up a copy and take a peek. Blood & Dust (Lonesome Ridge 2) releases on September 30th.
Samantha Warren is a sci-fi/fantasy author who spends her days immersed in dragons, spaceships, and vampires. She milks cows for fun and collects zombie gnomes. Her goal in life is to have Gordon Ramsay cook her a beef wellington.
I’d like to thank Samantha for “wishing for a wormhole” today! I have to agree with you on Cowboys and Aliens. LOL! What do you think? You know I love comments so much I enter them into my drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). She even has zombie zoaps! I announce a winner the first blog post of the new month.