Horror in the West is just another tome in the long list of books from Alterna Comics that I’ve really enjoyed reading. This list includes but is not limited to American Terror, Blood for Stone, and The End is Totally Nigh. All of these titles are smart for a number of reasons that all essentially translate to smart publishing. None of these titles adventure too far into uncharted story concepts, they are all based on fundamental concepts: a dystopian future, strangers in a strange land, action-packed supernatural gore and in the case of Horror in the West it is an awesome anthology of horror-westerns.
Horror in the West, like all of the above mentioned sibling titles have all the basics in place too. Because it’s an anthology, there are several writers and artists, all with more than enough talen to tell the stories they are presenting. Several of the stories are not only very well crafted, they could be the teasers for longer form versions of the same stories. But each stands alone quite well and it was fun to read such a big diversity of unique stories from unique creators.
As someone that has published anthologies, I know that they generally don’t sell as well as I’d hoped. I love anthologies and in the indie comics world, they serve several purposes. Anthologies, like a box of chocolate, pretty much guarantee a diversity of creators, styles, and concepts. And, if the reader doesn’t like the first short story, there are several more that might hit the target for them. Horror in the West is a great example of all of these very positive aspects of an anthology. I’m a fan of both horror and westerns so Horror in the West is probably more for me than others but I definitely recommend give this title and try and I definitely suggest that everyone give Alterna Comics a whirl, they’ve published some great stuff.