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New Short Stories - Published on August 13, 2014
Enjoy the Honey by John Laneri
Sheriff Matt Carson first noticed the bee when it flew from a prickly pear to the wooden casket containing the remains of the Honorable Theodore Busard. Keep Reading...
Destiny's Cross by Bob Cacioppo
Cord has been riding nonstop since the night before. He is on the run again, having shot a man in Kansas after a string of good poker hands. The town bully wasn't letting this stranger walk away with so much of his money. And the locals in the saloon that night shared the bully's prejudice against this drifter from nowhere. Someone so down and out couldn't have this much good fortune with cards. Keep Reading...
Hang on for the Ride by Milo James Fowler
Three can be a real crowd, particularly when you're crammed into a cellar full of preserves in mason jars, down in dark so black you can't see your own hand in front of your face, and when you try, you end up bumping into somebody's unmentionables. But when that cellar door stands between you and certain death at the claws of a giant, rabid hound, well, then you thank the Good Lord for that cramped cellar and the two beating hearts on either side of you. Keep Reading...
Kenneth Mark Hoover
New Historical Articles - Published on August 13, 2014
Buckskin Frank Leslie by Gary Every
Buckskin Frank walked about atop two inch heels on his boots and always wore fully loaded twin holsters on his hips. He claimed a dangerous and violent past, serving as a scout for General Miles, and as a soldier for Al Sieber during the Apache wars. Keep Reading...
Rolling Back Tombstone: The Fight of His Life by Mike Pizzolato
As he sits in his favorite rocking chair stroking his grayed mustache while sunlight pours into the room through the flowered drapes and matching decor that always whisper his wife Josephine's name to him, he wonders if the truth will ever be known. Keep Reading...
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New in Serialized Fiction - Published on August 1, 2014
"That kid ain't halfway to a cricket, you ask me, 'n' I hope he's small enough to crawl out of that mess." The miner Lew Osgood stood at the entrance to the old mine, dust from a collapsed tunnel pouring out into the valley and getting caught up by a steady wind. He saw the 7- year-old Chico Vestra finally walk through the cloud of dust, and Chico yelled out, "The fuse was lit from the other end of the tunnel. It was coming toward me all lit up and I had to run." Keep Reading...
Read the previously published installments of The Jehrico Collection.
The Jericho Collection is a thirteen part novella that will be serialized at The Western Online. A new story will be published on the first of each month.
New Book Review - Published on May 5, 2014
The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy - Reviewed by Kenneth Mark Hoover
The Border Trilogy is perhaps the most talked about, dissected, and critiqued trilogy among adherents of the western genre. And for good reason. The arc of the story spans personal trauma, elusive hope, and isolated love. These themes are leavened by cold and brutal violence which shapes the characters and reflects the hard and raddled landscape in which they find themselves hopelessly trapped. Keep Reading...
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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