Killing Trail [NOOK Book]



Killing Trail is a collection of western short stories by Charles Allen Gramlich, the author of the Talera Trilogy and Cold in the Light. It contains:

Killing Trail: When they dumped Angela Cody on Lane Holland’s ranch she was scant moments from death. She managed to speak only a few ...
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Killing Trail is a collection of western short stories by Charles Allen Gramlich, the author of the Talera Trilogy and Cold in the Light. It contains:

Killing Trail: When they dumped Angela Cody on Lane Holland’s ranch she was scant moments from death. She managed to speak only a few words, but those were enough to make Lane strap on his guns and ride out on a killing trail.

Showdown at Wild Briar: Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Josh Allen Boone has ridden a long way from his Wild Briar Ranch. But now he’s coming home, and the real killers are waiting for him with a rope.

Powder Burn: They said Davy Bonner’s luck had run out and they ambushed him along a dark road. But luck or no, Davy wasn’t going down without a fight.

Once Upon a Time with the Dead: For the gray raiders, death was an old friend.

The work also includes two nonfiction essays, one about Louis L’Amour and another about the Wild West in your own backyard.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012950222
  • Publisher: Razored Zen Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 156 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Allen Gramlich grew up on a farm in Arkansas but moved to the New Orleans area in 1986 to teach psychology at a local University. He’s since sold four novels and numerous short stories, mostly in the genres of Horror and Fantasy. In 2009, Charles’s nonfiction book, Write With Fire, was published. It’s a collection of his articles and essays on the craft of writing. His most recent books are Bitter Steel, an anthology of Sword & Sorcery short stories, and Midnight in Rosary, a collection of vampire and werewolf tales. Killing Trail is a collection of western stories. All of Charles’s print books are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other online sites. Charles is one of the editors for The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard studies, and lives with his wife in Abita Springs, Louisiana. He has an adult son named Joshua. His email address is
His blog is at:
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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I've long been a fan of Charles Gramlich's work as a fantasy wri

    I've long been a fan of Charles Gramlich's work as a fantasy writer, but I was not familiar with his body of work in the western genre. So when he announced in 2011 that he was coming out with a short anthology of his western shorts, I made sure to put it on my to read list once I had acquired an e-reader.

    "Killing Trail" features 5 excellent short stories and two very good essays that are guaranteed to keep you turning the page and make you go "Hey, I did not know that."

    Charles has a talent for creating characters that could be considered anti-heroes, but gives them enough humanity to make the average reader sympathize and root for them, in spite of the perceived shortcomings.

    I highly recommend this anthology as it presents yet another side of the western genre that is often overlooked.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    Great Storytelling, Regardless of the Setting

    Even though I've managed to read a few books in the genre over the past couple years, I'm still pretty new to the Western outside of the movies. But I know good storytelling, regardless of the setting, and Charles Gramlich is as good a storyteller as anyone I've read. I really enjoyed this short collection of his Western tales. For example, one story has the best description of a gunfight I've read in a long time: it is a single, short sentence long. That seems simple enough, but trust me, it isn't.

    Another thing about Gramlich's collections that I like, which one also finds in his BITTER STEEL collection, is he includes essays about how he came to write whatever stories are collected, some background stuff, behind the scenes, etc. In this particular book he talks about how he grew up with Westerns, and includes a short essay on one of his biggest influences not only as a writer of Westerns but just as an author in general, Louis L'Amour.

    This stuff inspires me to blow the dust off some of my own attempts with Westerns and see them finished. That's pretty high praise for a book, and I'm giving my highest to this one.

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