Manifest Fantasy

The facts and shared mythology of an imaginary Western United States.

Still: Deadwood, 2006

This paper was presented at the Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations (GIFCon) conference at the University of Glasgow in May, 2019, as part of the panel ‘Mapping the City Fantastic’.

Wild Bill Hicock was one of the greatest gamblers and gun shooters in the The West. He only sat with his back to the door once. It was during a card…



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Josephine Maria Yanasak-Leszczynski

Josephine Maria Yanasak-Leszczynski


I am a writer exploring futures and film from my apartment above a noodle shop in Chicago. (Yan-a-sak Less-chin-skee)