The Weird West

By CE Hunt

Those of you who have read this blog site and my non-rail site, know I have a lot of interests. I explore many of my non-rail interests on my other site, such as art, literature, travel, photography, etc.

This post is about a cross over “thing” of sorts. One of the things that makes me want to model the west is the lonesome, peaceful, beautiful and even at times, eerie, nature of the American West. Eerie, now that’s where the Desert Oracle comes in.

If you haven’t met, I’d like to introduce you to Ken Layne.

Ken defies easy description, but I’ll just introduce him as a thoughtful, talented, funny, folksy and smart guy who enjoys sharing with you some of the more mysterious aspects of the American Southwest. There’s a lot more information online about him. That’s just my take on him.

You might be asking yourself, “Just how exactly does he do that?”

Well, he does it via his radio program, podcasts and his writing. He publishes a quarterly journal and occasionally publishes books. I just finished his book, Desert Oracle, Volume 1. It features highlights from his journal and some new stories. Click here to read my recent review of his book.

Just to give you a feel for the quarterly journal, here is what a recent journal offered coverage of–

  • “Decidedly Haunted: Tortured Dolls in West Texas” by Rachel Monroe.
  • “Underground Cities & Secret Civilizations of Death Valley” by Ken Layne.
  • “Head-On Collision With a Bat” by Doc Daniels.
  • “An Abandoned Cemetery in Phoenix” by Jenny Russell. 
  • “50 Years of Ed Abbey’s Desert Solitaire” by Ken Layne.
  • “Around and Across These Desert Lands.”

I also really like his podcasts. Check them out too. Ken mixes weird with his dry humor that, well, just somehow works for me. If you ever heard the radio program, “Coast-to-Coast,” it is a tad like that but less weird.

Click here to learn about Desert Oracle radio and podcasts. They are interesting, entertaining and educational at the same time.

If the mysterious side of the west also appeals to you, check “The Desert Oracle” out. That way you’ll be forearmed for weirdness if you encounter something odd while exploring the west railfanning or doing research on that long abandoned mining operation!

(c) Railroad Picture Archives, Rick Morgan. (Not my photo)

Published by C E Hunt

C E Hunt is a writer and artist based in Louisiana and the Washington, DC area. This page is designed to share updates and commentary on his work and to highlight other works that may be of interest.

3 thoughts on “The Weird West

  1. Cool, I’ll check him out. Here’s and older pic when I had some alone time in the desert with a solo bike ride from Ft. Stockton to Alpine, Texas, with a brief stop to ponder the Orient Line as it crossed US 67. A nice meal and a few ‘cold ones’ await me just about 35 miles away! Chris

    Sent from my iPad


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