I’m tentatively poking an idea for another book, that would involve a bit of a monster apocalypse situation and a lot of magic. One part of the idea I’d like to get in is a non-magical way to deal with some of the monsters. Depending on how I shape the setting, gunpowder might be an option.
It might be interesting to make it sort of a frontier Western setting. (Though not actually an AU American West; this would be a frontier town, yes, but one built on old ruins some centuries after an Atlantean Apocalypse.) But… hmm. I’m not sure I’ve ever run across a story that mixed the Old West and magic in a way I liked.
So the problem here is, right now, I can’t figure out exactly what aspects of the Old West and fantasy-style magic don’t mix well. And if I can’t figure that out, it’d be hard for me to avoid or fix them.
I have the tentative feeling it’s because fantasy should tend more toward optimism, and a lot of Westerns have more of a nostalgia and regret theme to them. In which case I’d definitely need to pick something different (maybe stealing gunpowder rockets from 1300s China?), because while blending settings can be done, mixing disparate emotional themes is a recipe for disaster.
Thoughts, comments, random grumps?