Monday, September 08, 2014
Monday Morning Digest Magazine: Far West, March 1978
FAR WEST was another late Seventies digest magazine that had me thinking, "All right! Another market!" And like the other new digests from that era I've written about in this space, I never sold a thing to FAR WEST, despite submitting a number of stories. But I bought and read every issue I came across, including this one. You certainly can't argue with the bold claim on the cover: "America's Leading Western Fiction Monthly". Of course, it was also America's Only Western Fiction Monthly at that time, but that doesn't sound as impressive.
Louis L'Amour is the only author in the first issue that readers are likely to recognize, but as time went on FAR WEST featured stories from some other well-known Western writers, such as Matt Braun, R.C. House, Wayne Barton, John D. Nesbitt, Bill Gulick, W.L. Fieldhouse, Michele McQuaid, Kit Prate, Earl Murray, and Mel Marshall. There were reprints from S. Omar Barker and James Warner Bellah. It was a good magazine during the three years or so that it lasted. I would have liked to contribute to it, but that wasn't to be.