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BOOK CORNER: Vampires, zombies and more in new weird west anthology

“Straight Outta Tombstone” is a weird west anthology of short stories by multiple authors including Naomi Brett Rourke.

The stories found inside are not the typical Western tales that consist of cowboys and Native Americans, but these stories have shape-shifters, vampires, zombies and other kinds of supernatural fun.

“One of the wonderful things about this is that most of us who contributed to the book got to go back and do some research on the history and then figure out what we wanted to do with that history,” Rourke said.

In “Straight Outta Tombstone,” Rourke wrote “Coyote,” a story about a Native American girl who comes face-to-face with the man who caused her father’s death. Rourke’s story was inspired by the folk tales of the Native Americans of the Southwest.

“When the editor, David Boop, got in touch with me, I realized I had a unique opportunity in front of me: a chance to tell a story of the Old West from the Native American perspective,” the author said. “I wanted to be respectful to the Apaches, so I did my research. However, the fact that it was a speculative story enabled me to give it a fun twist.”

“Straight Outta Tombstone” is intended for a universal audience and readers of this book will no doubt be entertained and inspired to learn more about Native Americans.

“The wonderful thing about the weird west genre is that it’s so universal,” Rourke said. “If you like western tales, they’re here. If you like monsters and dragons, they’re here. Steam-punk, science fiction? Got it. Witches? Got them too.

“It’s like a fantastic, magical smorgasbord of everything weird, wild and wonderful that you can think of, and if you think you already know the story, you’re wrong.”

On May 11, Rourke will participate in a book signing and reading from 4 to 6 p.m. at TeaPop in North Hollywood.

In addition to being an author, Rourke is a high school English teacher. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. To learn more about the author and her work visit naomibrettrourke.com.

“Straight Outta Tombstone” is available for $7.99 in bookstores and online via Amazon.