Sisters of the Wild Sage: A Weird Western Collection



When someone with a pistol meets someone with a magic wand, the pistol loses.From Nicole Givens Kurtz comes a collection of weird western short stories nestled in the often horrific American past and tucked into the parched future. Here are tales of talisman, magic, and the power of ancients wielded by those strong enough to endure the harsh new frontier. These rugged individuals brought not only their belongings but their eastern beliefs with them.They weren't ready for the west.

Are you?Saddle up. Escape to a West as weird and wonderful as one might imagine.

Product Details

Mocha Memoirs Press
Publish Date
April 12, 2019
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.51 inches | 0.64 pounds

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About the Author

Nicole Givens Kurtz is a weird writer, publisher, and educator. She works to amplify marginalized voices in speculative fiction and writes stories that explore race, sexism, and the weird. Discover for yourself by visiting her website or following her on social media. @nicolegkurtz


"The book begins with the story Revival, which for me sets a tone that carried me throughout the rest of the book. The story is a blend of spirituality and emotion and a perfect choice as the first story of the book. Nicole's main characters in all her stories are Black or Native, giving you the perspective of those that have come to the region seeking a better life and those who have lived in the region since their beginning attempting to hang on to their culture. The 'weirdness' of the stories derives from the spirituality of each culture adapting to the challenges of this beautiful yet harsh region. --Milton Davis

"Nicole Givens Kurtz subverts the tropes of the Weird Western at every turn in Sisters of the Wild Sage. Leave your evening free, because once you start her powerful, sometimes horrific, and always surprising collection of speculative Southwestern adventures, you won't be putting it down until the final page."--Cynthia Ward

"Sisters of the Wild Sage in a wonderful collection of stories set in New Mexico. It's called a weird western collection, but if that turns you away, give it a try. There are very few tropes or clich├ęs of the "old west" in these stories. They are instead snippets of the lives of characters with depth, power, emotion, and life. The stories range from modern day to the late 19th/early 20th century. Some are sublime and heartwarming, some are terrifying. This is paranormal at its best, haunting and enchanting. And for those disinclined to fantasy stories, this collection provides an invitation to magical realism that you might find appealing. The overwhelming majority of the characters are women, and those from the marginalized edges of society (still today). The characters are wonderfully complex. There are few villains in black hats or heroes in white. Kurtz breathed life into the characters, marked with flaws and failures. These stories are the ones that rarely get told, and the reading world is lesser for it." --Bishop O'Connell

"I highly recommend Sisters of the Wild Sage. The anthology will take you on a tour of the weird west not only as it existed in the past, but as it might exist in today's dark shadows and as it might exist in the future, especially if we don't take steps to change the world we live in now." --David Lee Summers