Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns: Supernatural and Science by Paul Green

By Paul Green

From automatons to zombies, many excellent components were cross-pollinated with the western style. This A-to-Z encyclopedia of the unusual Western covers movie, tv, animation, dime novels, pulp fiction, comedian books, novels, brief tales and video and role-playing video games.

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Heckfire, I had such fun making travelogues that I almost forgot about the stories—at least for a while. Now I’m back in the saddle, and just as history finds ways of repeating itself, I have resurrected Madame T. once again and begun new some new tales. Not surprisingly, she’s one of my most popular characters. Some small cosmetic changes were made, but still she was true to her SF-Western origins. Sure, I had been aware of many of the hybrid genres, like the “Acid Western” film El Topo or the more recent Oblivion 2: Backlash, but I had no clue as to the depth and breadth of “Weird Westerns” until reading this manuscript.

The shadow (spirit) of Enkidu talks to Gilgamesh in Tablet Twelve. “Listen, Nergal, warrior, hero! ” Nergal, bold hero, listened to Ea’s words. He immediately opened up a hole now to the underworld. The ghost of Enkidu issued from the darkness like a dream. They tried to embrace, to kiss one another. * Other early ghostly encounters are told by Homer in the Odyssey and the Iliad, Virgil in the Aeneid, Ovid in Metamorphoses and the Younger Pliny in his Letter to Sura. D. 62, portions of it point to the future Gothic novel.

The self regulatory Comics Code Authority followed. The “Code for Editorial Matter (October 1954) General Standards Part B” clearly stated the new rules and regulations regarding horror titles. (1) No comic magazine shall use the word “horror” or “terror” in its title. (2) All scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes, depravity, lust, sadism, masochism shall not be permitted. (3) All lurid, unsavory, gruesome illustrations shall be eliminated. (4) Inclusion of stories dealing with evil shall be used or shall be published only where the intent is to illustrate a moral issue and in no case shall evil be presented alluringly nor so as to injure the sensibilities of the reader.

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