The Weird West

Ponderosa Principia Third Flatiron’s Spring anthology, “Principia Ponderosa,” is now available on Amazon and free to Kindle Unlimited members.

Flatiron’s anthologies are always packed with wonderful stories, stories that open corridors in your cerebral cortex revealing unimagined colors, scents and occasionally a fart- well it IS the Ponderosa.

So if you’re looking for some quick tales of the Weird West – a place  with witches, monsters, gunmen, dragons, six-shooters and whiskey  you’ve found it.

It’s a place and time that never was, yet somehow we’re all nostalgic for it . A place and a time where Carmel -eating spiders roamed the Gobi, men said “Ayup,” and sweet women shot mean guns.

You don’t have to be a western fan to enjoy this book. I’m not. It’s for lovers of fantasy. It  gave me the odd, somehow comforting sensation of looking forward from an imaginary past into an equitable future , a future that rewards the virtuous and punishes the guilty. As always, I liked some tales more than others, I’m sure you’ll have your own favorites. That is the beauty of anthologies, they’re buffets for the mind. There’s enough diversity to satisfy the pickiest brain; humor, horror as well as useful advice for dealing with the space ship’s cat, gardening in a post- apocalyptic world and that abridged classic The Jpeg of Dorian Gray.


If you or someone you know would like a free copy to review on

Amazon or Goodreads, please let me know. I’d be happy to send one your way, not because I’m in this anthology – though  I have been honored to be in other FlatIrons – But because they do good work.

So pull off ‘yer boots, tie up Bucko, pour yurself an ol’ whiskey and enjoy a good read –



Principia Ponderosa (Third Flatiron Anthologies Book 18)

Welcome to the “Principia Ponderosa,” land of wide-open spaces and dark dreams. This new anthology from Third Flatiron features 17  stories that combine elements of the Western with other literary genres, including steampunk, fantasy, occult, and…






About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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