The lure of the American West is in the spirit of adventure, in the majestic expanse of unconquered wilderness and in rugged individuals on a quest for identity and sometimes for survival. Owen Wister's unsmiling Virginian... Dorothy M. Johnson's, "A Man Called Horse": These are a few of the colorful, even legendary characters who populate The American West in Fiction, a collection of stories edited by Jon Tuska.
This is the story the led to the classic John Ford and John Wayne 1939 movie of the same name. Listen as a small group of travelers ride their way to their destination, trying to avoid the dangers of the trail, including the famous Geronimo!
Ernest Haycox was one of the most successful of American Western fiction writers. This is another story of the West as it always was: stark, savage, and brutal.
Lieutenant Parke Stobo was assigned to take 25 men, a guide, and three days' rations into the mesquites by way of Pete Kempel's ranch. Stobo was also instructed to give the greenhorn Lieutenant Wells a taste of the country. It should have been just a routine detail.
Entrusted with the delivery of one hundred pounds of gold to his partners, Johnny Potter faces four days of hard riding alone in a land of robbers and treacherous terrain.
Peter Skene takes what he wants and kills who he wants. Settlers, squatters, rustlers and Indian war parties can't stop him from owning the Bitter Valley and the biggest ranch in Oregon.
"Looking for a little trouble, boys?" said Bill Hickok. Cowhands surround Buck LaGrange with a sea of fists in a battle that was bound to happen. Why? Because Abilene is packed with angry cattlemen, desperate settlers, ambitious landowners and at least one famous gunslinger. Who'll shoot first?
Ernest Haycox was one of the most successful of American western fiction writers. This is another story of the West as it always was - stark, savage and brutal.
Several travelers risk death, and worse, to reach Lordsburg, Arizona. Among them - an English hunter, a whiskey drummer, a young woman known only as Henriette, an army officer's fiancée, a gambler, and Malpais Bill, who's on his way to a gunfight. The stage route crosses hostile Apache territory - and they will be spotted.
Ernest Haycox was one of the most successful of American western fiction writers. This is another story of the West as it always was: stark, savage and brutal.
A man is being goaded into renewing a feud in order to uphold his honor. The ultimate result is a gunfight, and the listener is in on all the action until the gun smoke clears.
Tonight the bullets will fly and rancher or rustler will die. A mystery man will decide whose blood will stain the sick streets of Star.
A disillusioned doctor and a brave woman join forces in a dangerous deception. It had better work.
He grabbed a broken axe handle and circled around Matt Hobart. Rustlers are at work, hidden in the chill darkness of a prairie December. It's bad news for the Hobarts - losing their calf could mean starvation. Can Matt fight alone?
Ernest Haycox was one of the most successful of American western fiction writers. This is another story of the West as it always was - stark, savage, and brutal.