Is Western Fiction Poised to Rise from the Dead?

Trends seem to happen in twenty year cycles, and looking back on it, this is some of what was big two decades ago:

Young Guns went on to inspire a sequel a few years later.


The western theme also influenced a lot of music. This is just a sample of what was playing by 1991:

U2 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Metallica – The Unforgiven
Aerosmith – Janie’s Got a Gun

In 2002 Joss Whedon tried for a resurrection of the Old West when he made Firefly, mashing the western with science fiction, but audiences just weren’t ready. The ratings weren’t there and the series was cancelled after just one season.


But Firefly has gained many, many fans in the years following the cancellation. And this may be a reason for a recent increase in cowboy romance.

But I don’t think audiences are looking for the same old Old West. I think they’re finally ready for new takes on the final frontier. If Joss Whedon’s Firefly was to come back to the big or small screen today, the audience would be there.

Now the Old West serves as back-drop for urban fantasy. (I love it!) Check out these titles:

Lee Collins

Cora and her husband hunt things – things that shouldn’t exist.

When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible. But if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

A stunning supernatural novel that will be quickly joined by a very welcome sequel, She Returns From War, in February 2013.
Coming in OctoberAmazon CA| Amazon US | Chapters

The Signs of the Zodiac Series
Vicki Pettersson

Before you plan your next trip to Vegas, you might want to answer…

Are you Light? Or are you Shadow? Because there’s another world behind the bright lights and nonstop action of Sin city … one where Light and Shadow wage an immortal war for supremacy.

But the eternal battle has reached the tipping point, and only one person can change the future – casino heiress, photographer, and vigilante: Joanna Archer.

And no one knows the darkness within better than she does.

[The old west appears in the form of a hidden world called Midheaven in this series, and can be found in books 4-6, CITY OF SOULS, CHEAT THE GRAVE, and NEON GRAVEYARD.)
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Michael P. Spradlin

Civil War veteran Jonas R. Hollister is recruited by the U.S. government to hunt down and destroy an ancient tribe of vampires that is terrorizing the frontier territories of the Wild West in this action-packed new novel from New York Times bestselling author Michael P. Spradlin

See the UFL review of BLOOD RIDERS.

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What’s your favourite western? Tell us in the comments.