Western fans are familiar with Jeff Arnold through his wonderful blog, Jeff Arnold’s West, where he deconstructs western films, novels and historical incidents. It’s an essential spot on the Web for western fans (or Westernistas, as he calls us). Arnold has now turned his formidable talents to the novel and his first, Stay and Die, […]
Here’s the cover of the first book in my new mountain man trilogy, Finding Bradigan’s Mountain. I’m very proud of this book and the good folks at DSP have done a fabulous job on the cover! Wow!
Delighted to announce that Book III of the Bradigan’s Mountain trilogy, In Search of Home, has just been released! When Adam and Pillian are attacked by hired killers in the woods of Bradigan’s Mountain, the young Caddo is injured by a shotgun blast. They take refuge in the church of St. John the Baptist, where […]
It’s almost impossible to parse the pleasures of Bowie’s Gold by Evan Lewis. In an age when many true-life Western heroes are on the verge of being forgotten, Lewis brings Jim Bowie back to lusty life. And is it life! The Bowie in this book is a full-throttled adventurer. It’s almost impossible to read without […]
A sneak preview of the cover for the next book in the Tales of Tom Mix series….
There are several authors of our great American Western Myth. Certainly the fountainhead of it all was William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917), the great frontiersman, scout, Indian fighter, actor, showman and mythologist. We have written about Bill in these pages previously, and he remains one of the few historical personages whom we would have […]
Here is a photo that has always touched me; so much so that a copy hangs on the wall over my desk. It is of frontiersman, scout, Pony Express Rider and showman William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) in a tent on the grounds of his Wild West Show, telling yarns to his little pards.
Well … wow. Having read deeply about the American West for two decades, I had thought that there would be few surprises left in store for me. And then, happily, I came across S. C. Gwynne’s masterful, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. If you read only one book about the so-called Indian Wars, let it be this one.
I often find myself pulling down familiar books during the Christmas season. Some, like the Christmas novels of Charles Dickens, are about the holiday itself. Others, like the superb novel Monte Walsh (1963) by Jack Schaefer, have a Christmas-themed chapter that I find irresistible.