The following review by James R. Boylston appeared in the Wild West History Journal Vol III # 4 (August 2010).
“Deliberate anachronism has been a tangential element of the western genre almost from the inception of the art form. While fictional cowboys have always been charged with defending innocents from Indians and outlaws, western heroes have also faced vampires and werewolves, explored ghost towns and haunted mines, and battled aliens and dinosaurs.
Paul Green’s Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns does an admirable job of compiling thousands of examples of these science fiction/fantasy/western hybrids, as well as tracking the evolution of the supernatural in fiction from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the digital age.
Green digs deep into various sub-genres, exploring and explaining steam punk (stories featuring Victorian-era steam powered or clockwork contraptions), weird menace westerns (wherein rational explanations are usually provided at the end of the tale), including examples of weird western romance novels.
The entries are spread fairly evenly between film and print media. While obvious candidates, such as The Wild, Wild West and The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr. are cited, so are plenty of obscure listings. Remember Pariah, the spirit-possessed 1871 gunslinger from Incredible Hulk episode #268? Paul Green does.
Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns is a useful and entertaining guide to the mind-bending and genre-blending world that resides outside the mainstream. Green’s collection is a handy sourcebook to a west that’s just a little bit wilder.”
James R. Boylston