As most of you know, I don't stick to just one genre when I write and besides crime fiction, I have a deep love for the Western genre. But the truth is, they can be pretty much interchangeable. Westerns aren't just shoot 'em ups and cattle rustling, they can, in the right hands, be so much more. Edward A. Grainger's short story "Melanie" is a prime example. While it's a Western on the surface, it's noir to the core. You can read it here at http://tainted-archive.blogspot.com/2011/01/wild-west-emonday-melanie.html
After you've read the story, stick around the blog because Gary Dobbs is hosting Wild West eMonday, with all kinds of Western goodness being posted during the day to show support of the genre.
And if Gary has whet your appetite for Westerns, the 16th issue of Frontier Tales has gone live and includes a short story by friend of the blog, Oscar Case, called "Butch Cassidy and the Thirsty Old Man". http://www.frontiertales.com/ However much life changes, human nature remains the same.