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Silent Justice by Steve Coate
At the Well, Dusty Creek's only saloon, Sandy McGill sat at the oak bar, wishing his whiskey was a woman, when the man next to him leaned over conspiratorially and spoke to him in a low voice. "Did you hear about the killin' last night?"
Sandy drained his glass of whiskey. "Nope." Keep Reading...
A Fine Drive by Johnny Gunn
Looking up into the deep blue of a Nevada spring morning, late season frost starting to burn off the sagebrush, Sam Tyson smiled gently, letting the last drop of coffee slowly slip down his throat. He raised his right hand and brushed coffee and early morning dew from both sides of his thick, drooping moustache. "Gonna be a fine day to move these cows up into the high hills. A fine day, indeed." Keep Reading...
Ransom Lehigh by Tom Sheehan
He'd been pinned down for over half the day, the sun merciless, burning like a torch, his water nearly gone, when the arrow came down from who knows where and ratcheted itself, the barbs digging deep into the bushwhacker's leg, into the fat meanness of the thigh. Ransom Lehigh saw the arrow hit. Heard the bushwhacker's cry loud and clear. Anybody within a mile would have heard it. But there was no arrow shooter visible, no twang of the bowline in echo. Not a coyote, a peccary, or a wild cat made a move or a sound, though death might well have been in the air. Keep Reading...
John M. Whalen
New in Serialized Fiction
Clarence Clapper's Capricious Caper Part 2 by John Rose Putnam
The barroom was full. Extra benches and chairs had been brought in for the service but there were still plenty of men standing at the rear, most holding a beer mug in one hand and a whiskey glass in the other. As I walked toward the bar a number of miners called out to thank me for the work I'd done on their claims. There was Sidewinder Simpson and his partner Macintosh. Keep Reading...
This is a three part series. The final segment will appear on the site on January 15th.
The Jehrico Collection: Jehrico's Wolf Pup by Tom Sheehan
When Jehrico's wolf pup bit the sheriff, on his gun hand, and on his trigger finger to boot, things went from bad to worse. To begin with, Ruben Tarpon was a new sheriff with a fast gun and was trying his best to make his name as good as his gun and do a good job for the folks of Bola City. Keep Reading...
The Jericho Collection is a twelve part series that will be serialized at The Western Online. A new story will be published on the first of each month.
A Movie Masterpiece - Once Upon a Time in the West by Mike Pizzolato
By the late 1960s, director Sergio Leone is ready to retire from making westerns and rest on his laurels. Those laurels include For a Few Dollars More, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and A Fistful of Dollars, which have established television's Clint Eastwood as a bankable movie star in the so-called Man with No Name trilogy. Keep Reading...
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