Acid Western Resurgence?

I think anyone who reads this blog is pretty aware of how enamored I am with Acid Westerns. So enamored that I wrote my own, which is coming out in about a month (!). But it turns out mine is not the only Acid Western due out in 2015. There is both a film made in the UK and a novel from indie press Two Dollar Radio set to make their debuts next year as well. This is pretty interesting considering that the film genre was at its heyday about 40 years ago. So is this a little resurgence of the genre? I’m pretty excited if it is.

The film, Stranger, is being made in the UK and stars Gypsy Lee Pistolero. The trailer can be found here:


The other novel in that’s due out in mid-2015 is called Haints Stay. It was written by Colin Winnette, whose work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Gulf Coast Magazine, and who’s won the Donald Barthelme Prize in the past. All that, and he’s said in an interview that he’s highly influenced by Oulipo. I am so excited to read this book, which, I must admit, I just got a proof of from Colin.

I can only hope that more and more works like these get added to the Acid Western canon. And I’m also excited that on February 1st, I’ll have my own little place in that canon, too.


About thebaffledkingcomposing

Pamela DiFrancesco is a writer with a community college degree in journalism, a fancy art school degree in fiction and a penchant for community organizing. A native of Pennsylvania coal country, Pamela lives in Astoria, Queens, writes, and does whatever else it takes to pay the bills. In the past, Pamela has worked for newspapers and taught children journalism in an after-school program. Pamela's fiction can be found on the web at Cezanne's Carrot and Monkeybicycle, in print in The Carolina Quarterly (who nominated "The Chuck Berry Tape Massacre" for the Best American Mystery Writing anthology) and forthcoming in The New Ohio Review. When not writing, Pamela practices acts of love and kindness in hopes of a radically different world, and is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse through acts of badassery.
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