To celebrate the release of BCS author Josh Rountree’s new short story collection Fantastic Americana: Stories (Fairwood Press), BCS is giving away a signed copy of the collection.

Fantastic Americana: Stories is a mix of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Its stories cross the landscape of nineteenth and twentieth century America and range out far into the future, with wolves and witches; giants and supernatural killers; ghost chickens and cosmic terrors. It includes Josh’s BCS stories “The Guadalupe Witch” (BCS #322 and podcast BCS 272) and “February Moon” (BCS #303), set in an alternate nineteenth-century Texas.

This giveaway will take place Tues. Aug. 10 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite Weird Western story from BCS is. However you choose to define “Weird Western,” by any author, in any issue of BCS.

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that could be called Weird Western (including all the stories in our BCS anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies):

Pale” by Kathryn Allen, BCS #37 and podcast BCS 035

Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile” by S.H. Mansouri, BCS #273

Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride” by Saladin Ahmed, BCS #43 and podcast BCS 039

The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own” by Merrie Haskell, BCS #313 and podcast BCS 267


The Patron” by Derrick Boden, BCS #312

The Science and Artistry of Snake Oil Salesmanship” by Timothy Mudie, BCS #317

Scapegoat” by Holly Messinger, BCS #293

Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, BCS #27, First Anniversary Double-Issue

The Crooked Mile” by Dan Rabarts, BCS #127


The Good Deaths, Part II” by Angela Ambroz, BCS #156 and podcast BCS 134

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén, BCS #169 and podcast BCS 147

The Heart of the Rail” by Mark Teppo, BCS #101

Hangman” by Erin Cashier, BCS #10 and podcast BCS 010


Bandit and the Seventy Raccoon War” by Don Allmon, BCS #103

A Feast for Dust” by Gemma Files, BCS #132 and podcast BCS 114

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister, BCS #174 and podcast BCS 152

Haxan” by Kenneth Mark Hoover, BCS #13 and podcast BCS 016


The Guadalupe Witch” by Josh Rountree, BCS #322 and podcast BCS 272

February Moon” by Josh Rountree, BCS #303

The Judge’s Right Hand” by J.S. Bangs, BCS #79, Third Anniversary Double-Issue and podcast BCS 070

The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse” by Peter Darbyshire, BCS #76

Good luck!

Full rules for the Josh Rountree Fantastic Americana: Stories Twitter giveaway:

You must tweet your comment on Twitter. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must include “@BCSmagazine” in your tweet. (This is so we can find it.)

You must mention the title of a work of short fiction that was published in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that was published in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. Aug. 10, 2021. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

All entries will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you post more than one eligible tweet).

You must tweet your tweet from a valid Twitter account (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The copy of Fantastic Americana will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for tweets that get lost or don’t show up under @BCSmagazine, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter or anyone else. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!

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