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New Short Stories - Published on February 24, 2015
Revolt by Elisabeth Grace Foley
There were five of us in the baggage car. Merrill lay flat on his back on the floor, his eyes closed and his face gray in the dim light from the window, his shirt soaked with blood. Art was jammed down on his heels in the corner, his back to the wall, his hands gripping the barrel of his rifle, spitting things between his teeth not worth repeating. Gene and Jim were at the two end doors, rifles in hand. Keep Reading...
Fifteen Miles to Rodondo by Michael Collins
Jim Delbridge hooked both thumbs in his Wyoming drop gun belt. He took a deep breath and let it out slowly. Everything was covered in dust, from his black cowhide boots to the Mexican vaquero saddle his granddaddy had given him before the old man had been scalped and left for dead north of The Devil's Backbone near Raton Pass. A buzzard wheeled high over the desert, a mere speck on the distant horizon. Boom, Texas was a ghost town. Keep Reading...
Good From a Whiskey Bottle by T.C. Barlow
Blake Sheppard tossed back another shot of whiskey and slammed the glass back on the bar. The man beside him grumbled and shot Blake a dirty look.
Blake pushed the shot glass toward the barkeep.
"Another, Johnny!" he yelled. The room spun, but he didn't care. The more he drank, the less he remembered. "A toast to my boy!" Keep Reading...
New in Serialized Fiction - Published on October 25, 2014
The Killing Hand by Steven Clark
Carson suspected something was wrong as soon as he saw the man from the telegraph office push in through the Palace's batwings. In carrying out his duties as a U.S. marshal, Carson Evers frequently sent telegrams from the office at Haynesville, so he recognized the telegraph agent the instant the portly little man stepped foot in the saloon. Keep Reading...
Kenneth Mark Hoover
New Historical Articles - Published on November 7, 2014
New York City, Wild West USA by John A. Vikara
"Go west, young man," was the advice of John Souce but made famous by Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune in 1851. From then until the twentieth century there was a constant shifting of people, first westward and then back, a weaving of events or personal circumstances that, like opposite poles of an invisible magnet, attracted personalities between New York City and the Wild West. Keep Reading...
Scooping Black Bart by Daniel J. Demers
The news of Black Bart's arrest had made the papers a few days earlier but beyond that little was known about the mysterious stage robber. He was taken to San Andreas, Calaveras County, pled guilty and was sentenced. Keep Reading...
John Wesley Hardin: Folk Hero or Murderer? by Matthew Pizzolato
As with any historical figure, there are quite a few myths surrounding the life of John Wesley Hardin. Simply put, Hardin was a product of his time. He led a tumultuous and violent lifestyle, as did most men who carried a gun during the settling of this country. He lived by the gun and he died by it too. Keep Reading...
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Serialized Fiction - Published on October 1, 2014
The Jehrico Collection Part 13: Jehrico Finds a Mistress by Tom Sheehan
Jehrico, as we all know by now, knew what he was right from his first pick-up, which was a token-type horseshoe. From then on he was a collector of things tossed aside, and Jehrico assumed that the Indian woman he was now looking upon had been thrown aside, like so many of the tossed parts he had retrieved and made something of in his foraging about the old west, his land of discovery and recovery. In fact, the token-type horseshoe, at his insistence, was made into a Bowie knife by a Mexican blacksmith whose father had fought for a time at the Alamo and came away with stories about Jim Bowie. Unwittingly, Jehrico had started his small business with that token-type horseshoe. Keep Reading...
Read the previously published installments of The Jehrico Collection.
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