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Initial post: Jan 21, 2009 5:38:32 PM PST
Are there any good Western novels that involve fantasy, horror, the occult or other supernatural elements? I'm looking for something along the lines of cowboys, Indians, and... wizards or demons or even vampires :). Or if anybody knows of any movies set in the Old West with fantasy elements, that would be cool, too. As far as movies go, I can think of Dusk Till Dawn 3... which has vampires in the Old West, and that's about it. Any other ideas, folks?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 6:55:23 PM PST
The Demon says:
'Dust Devil' is like that. It's A weird/trippy movie that has an arthouse vibe to it.
After a S.African woman leaves her husband, she winds up in the deserts of Namibia being stalked by a serial killer who is really a shape-shifting demon.

I would call this movie a supernatural spaghetti western, and recommend it to fans of weird, artsy movies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 11:15:29 PM PST
Francine says:
I can suggest one good Western themed novel, if you like anthologies; I collect them. Check out "The Mysterious West" by Tony Hillerman, for some good suspenseful and unusual stories; For some of my favorite Western themed films, try "Route 666" (2001) and "Disappearance" (2002) - for supernatural elements. "Vacancy" (2007), "Zzyzx" (2006), "Lost" (2004) - If you can find this one, no creatures or magic, but excellent and suspenseful! Then of course there's stuff like "Dusk Till Dawn", "The Hills Have Eyes", "Joy Ride", "The Hitcher", "Detour", "Duel", "The Car", "Breakdown", "Sands of Oblivion", "The Mummy", "Scorpion King", "Bone Snatcher"....there's a few (some with sequels), you may enjoy some or most of them. Good luck :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 11:41:52 PM PST
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Francine says:
For some strange reason here @ Amazon, you can't find the movie "Lost" that I was talking about, unless you type the director's name in the search bar, Darren Lemke. It wouldn't come up under "Lost". Really good movie. A good one I didn't mention is "Reeker", also.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 2:40:50 AM PST
JRD says:
There's a western zombie story in the anthology History is Dead. It's just a short story though...

James Roy Daley
Author of The Dead Parade

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 7:56:59 AM PST
Francine says:
Another good one, you can read the book and/or see the movie, is Stephen King's "Desperation". I think it is one of the better made films of zombies in the desert.
My favorite Indian flick, "DreamKeeper", is very magical / mystical with lots of neat surprises, set up as an anthology with the grandfather that takes you from tale to tale, and a really good ending that brings it together; very well done...actually I think you'd love this one.
There's an older (80's) similar one that only made it to vhs and went out of print, but occasionally you can find it; That one was called "Grim Prairie Tales".
If you like older stuff like 40's-50's-60's, there's a movie set out now called "Creepy Cowboys: Four Weird Westerns" too(think I'll get that and check it out myself even).....
Happy trails....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 9:04:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2009 9:05:05 AM PST
Some movies:

Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula (1966)

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

Curse of the Undead (1956)

The Valley of Gwangi (1968)

The giants...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 11:47:03 AM PST
David Girod says:
I would throw "Ravenous" into the mix as well. Guy Pearce stars as a cavalry man in the old west whose post comes under attack from "something".

Kind of corny but still fun is Yul Brenner's "Westworld". A wild west theme park whose main attraction is a gunslinging robot...of course you know that won't end well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 8:24:19 PM PST
Scareygirl says:
Saw a western/horror with Mike from Desperate housewives in it..Called Dead or Undead..

Posted on May 23, 2011 11:33:28 PM PDT
Michael says:
Hi Dylan, I know it's been over two years since you posted this, but I came across your post while doing some preliminary research on a novel that I'll be publishing towards the end of Summer (2011). It's a western/horror which was what you described as looking for, and the title will be "Night of the Chupacabra", which is the first book in the series. If this at all interests you and if you're on Facebook, there is a page already set up where you can watch the book trailer as well. If you "like" the page, you can be notified once the novel is released.

Here's the direct link: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2051414403110&set=a.1566807568242.75727.1176994657&type=1#!/pages/Night-of-the-Chupacabra/189413924437649

Posted on May 24, 2011 2:07:38 AM PDT
I remember seeing Grim Prairie Tales many years ago. I don't think it has ever been released on DVD.

Posted on May 24, 2011 7:29:10 AM PDT
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C. Hall says:
I know the Chuck Norris horror film Bells Of Innocence Starring Chuck Norris, Mike Norris, Carey Scott and David A.R. White (2004) which is like a Christian X-files,Bells of Innocence is a Western

but the only western horror novel that I can think of is~ Chayatocha Product Description
One hundred forty years ago, pioneers traveling to the American West faced a rugged and dangerous journey. But when Daniel Paradine, his family, and a small band of fellow travelers guide their wagons into a treacherous mountain detour, no one is prepared for the evil that awaits them. Finding themselves in a land of inexplicable cold and darkness, the travelers begin disappearing one by one. In a desperate search for his missing family, Paradine comes face-to-face with the beast responsible for the terror--an ancient creature, beyond human, that allows him to live only to accomplish its most sinister desire.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 7:39:22 AM PDT
C. Hall says:
Re:D D 70,
Yes, Grim Prairie Tales is still only available on VHS.

Grim Prairie Tales [VHS]

Posted on May 24, 2011 8:28:22 AM PDT
Michael says:
Chris: Chayatocha sounds like a good story. Very similiar to Night of the Chupacabra in description. Thank you for the heads up. I'm adding it to my read pile.

Posted on May 24, 2011 6:24:14 PM PDT
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C. Hall says:
Michael YW,:]
I was really surprised by it and liked it,though it was somewhat too gory for my taste.

Posted on May 24, 2011 10:34:42 PM PDT
Michael says:
Warranted gore is fine, but I know what you mean by "too gory".

Posted on May 26, 2011 1:50:39 PM PDT
I've written a lot of Western horror--my long-running comic book series Desperadoes, a more recent Western zombie miniseries co-written with Shannon Eric Denton called Graveslinger, and several short stories. Many of my horror novels, like Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, have Western themes, elements, and locations. There's a real resurgence in Western horror these days, with new comics based on the Western horror RPG Deadlands, and I've got stories coming up in a couple of anthologies. It's a great time to be a fan of Western horror!Desperadoes Omnibus

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Posted on Aug 3, 2011 1:59:28 AM PDT
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7 & 7 IS says:
not much good, but...

Sundown:The Vampire In Retreat [DVD]
DeadBirds [DVD]
HG Lewis' "Two Thousand Maniac's" [DVD]

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 2:03:45 AM PDT
If you like graphic novels, I think The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn is a fantastic horror/western mash up.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 7:37:07 PM PDT
Michael says:
HUNT FOR THE CHUPACABRA (a Chupacabra Series short story)

Here's a FREE Kindle short story on el chupacabra, "Hunt for the Chupacabra", which takes place in the Old West.

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 3:56:08 AM PDT
Dead in the West
The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1
Skin Medicine
Four Rode Out
Savage
Dead West
Long Horn, Big Shaggy
Demon Dance
Fevre Dream

That's a few off the top of my head. Definitely hunt up Joe Lansdale and Tim Curran.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 2:37:45 PM PDT
Derdnik says:
One great Western Horror film is "Dead Birds".
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