A collection of twenty-nine tales of the Old West featuring previously unpublished stories by such classic Western writers as James Reasoner, Douglas Hirt, McKendree Long, and Michael R. Ritt. Edited by award winning author, L. J. Washburn. Western Fictioneers is the only writers’ organization devoted solely to traditional Western fiction, and this huge collection will take readers from the dusty plains of Texas to the sweeping vistas of Montana and beyond.
Western Fictioneers was founded in 2010 to promote the oldest genuine American art form, the Western story. Its worldwide membership includes best-selling, award-winning authors of Western fiction, as well as the brightest up-and-coming new stars in the Western field. The organization*s third anthology features original stories by Big Jim Williams, Easy Jackson, Jeffrey J. Mariotte, McKendree Long, Michael R. Ritt, S. D. Parker, James Reasoner, J. L. Guin, J.E.S. Hays, James J. Griffin, Jesse J Elliot, Ben Goheen, Barbara Shepherd, Nik Morton, S. L. Matthews, James Clay, Keith Souter, Tom Rizzo, Matthew P. Mayo, Dorothy A. Bell, L.J. Washburn, Angela Raines, Gordon L. Rottman, Charlie Steel, Douglas Hirt, Dennis Doty, and Cheryl Pierson.
THE UNTAMED WEST is more than 150,000 words of action packed classic Western fiction.
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About the Author
Western Fictioneers is a professional organization for authors who work in the genre of the traditional western. Our goal is to promote the kinds of stories we love to write (and read); the western is the Great American Story, our unique history and mythology, and it remains as relevant as it ever was.
Under the names Livia J. Washburn and L.J. Washburn, Livia Reasoner has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, romance, and historical novels for more than thirty years. She received the Private Eye Writers of America award and the American Mystery award for her first Lucas Hallam mystery, WILD NIGHT, and was nominated for a Spur by the Western Writers of America for a novel she wrote with her husband, James Reasoner. Livia recently won the Peacemaker Award from Western Fictioneers for her story “Charlie’s Pie”. “Widelooping a Christmas Cowboy” and “Panhandle Freight” were both finalists.
S. D. Parker (AKA Scott D. Parker) writes westerns that draw their inspiration from classic TV shows like Maverick, The Wild Wild West, and the Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and authors such as Bradford Scott, Tabor Evans, and Louis L’Amour. A native Houstonian, Scott also writes mys-teries, and is the Saturday columnist at DoSome-Damage.com. For more information and to join his email list and receive free stories, visit his website: ScottDennisPar-ker.com. The story of Sheriff Susanna Siscoe and her relentless pursuit of the Brink brothers is not over. To read the next exciting installment, visit http://scottdennisparker.com/books/westerns/susanna-siscoe/.
Nik Morton hails from the north-east of England and has lived in Spain with his linguist-musician wife Jennifer for the last 15 years. He served in the Royal Navy for 23 years and has been writing for 53 years. He sold his first story in 1971 and has had 120 short stories published—some winning awards—in several genres such as action, adventure, romance, ghost, horror, sci-fi, western and crime. To date six collections of his short stories have been collected and published, the latest being Leon Cazador, P.I. He has edited periodicals and contributed to magazines hundreds of articles, book and film reviews. He has chaired several writers’ circles and run writing and screenplay workshops, and judged competitions. He has edited many books and for the period 2003-2007 he was sub-editor of the monthly colour magazine, Portsmouth Post, and for 2011-2013 he was Editor in Chief of a US publisher but stepped down to spend more time on his various writing projects. Since 2007, he’s had 30 books published, among them the psychic spy series: Mission: Prague, Mission: Tehran and Mission: Khyber, a modern vampire thriller set in Malta, Chill of the Shadow, a Sister Rose thriller, The Bread of Tears, a romantic thriller set in Tenerife, An Evil Trade, and six westerns under the pen-name Ross Morton. His latest books are a sci-fi time-travel adventure, Continuity Girl, a noir western/homage to Edgar Allan Poe, Coffin for Cash, and the third in a fantasy series (co-written under the pen-name Morton Faulkner), Floreskand: Madurava. His guide Write a Western in 30 Days – with plenty of bullet points is a best-seller and has reviewers recommending it for writers of all genres, not just westerns.
A lifelong Texan, James Reasoner has been a professional writer for more than thirty years. In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. James is best known for his Westerns, historical novels, and war novels, he is also the author of two mystery novels that have achieved cult classic status, TEXAS WIND and DUST DEVILS. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
My real name is Keith Souter and I was born in St Andrews in Scotland. I studied Medicine at Dundee University and then practiced as a family doctor in the city of Wakefield in England for thirty years. While I was at medical school I started to write children's stories for a family magazine, but after qualifying as a doctor the exigencies of the job were such that the focus of my writing was on medicine. I have also been a health columnist for almost thirty years and have written about a dozen medical and health books. In addition I write non-fiction books including Schoolboy Science Remembered; The Pocket Guide to Dice and Dice Games; The Little Book of Genius; The Little Book of Golf; Medical Meddlers, Mediums and Magicians – the Victorian Age of Credulity and The Classic Guide to King Arthur. Using the pen-name of Clay More I write traditional westerns with the Black Horse Westerns imprint of Hale of London: Raw Deal at Pasco Springs; Nemesis for the Judge; Double-Dealing at Dirtville; A Rope for Scudder and Stampede at Rattlesnake Pass, all soon to be reprinted by The Western Fictioneers Library. I also write Scottish-based crime novels as Keith Moray for Hale: The Gathering Murders; Deathly Wind; Murder Solstice and Flotsam and Jestsam. In 2006 I won a Fish Prize for my short historical story A Villain's Tale and writing as Keith Souter started a series of historical mysteries set around Sandal Castle, the ruined medieval castle that I live within arrowshot of: The Pardoner's Crime and The Fool's Folly. In the summer of 2012 the first in my series of Victorian children's adventures begins with The Curse of the Body Snatchers by G-Press. My website is www.keithsouter.co.uk and my blog is http://west-uist-chronicle.blogspot.co.uk [I am a member of the Society of Authors, The Crime Writers' Association, Medical Journalists' Association, International Thriller Writers, Western Writers of America and Western Fictioneers.]
McKendree R. (Mike) Long III is a retired soldier with two combat tours in Viet Nam. His awards include the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He and his wife Mary have two married daughters, four grandchildren, and four great-grands. He holds a BS in Business Administration and is also a retired financial consultant. He’s a member of Western Writers of America, South Carolina Writers Association, Military Writers Society of America, Western Fictioneers, and SERTOMA. PUBLICATIONS Historical novels: NO GOOD LIKE IT IS, DOG SOLDIER MOON, HIGHER GROUND, and BRODIE. Short Stories: Two for One, Choteau’s Crossing, The Resurrection, Pug’s War, Earthly Riches, Unfinished Business, Two Funerals for Big Frank, and The Real Last Stand.
Mike tells people that he is a writer trapped in the body of a Consumer Safety Inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture. An early passion for books turned into a passion for writing while he was in high school, and since then he has been writing everything; short stories, poems, essays, shopping lists, you name it. He currently lives in a small cabin in the mountains of western Montana with his wife, Tami, their Australian Shepherd, Lucky, and their nameless cat. He enjoys studying history, theology and natural science. He has written in different genres and has had several short stories and poems published in various anthologies, but he prefers writing westerns.
Jesse J Elliot writes about what she has loved to read all her life—the Old West—except her stories always have a strong female protagonist. She has published seven stories in Frontier Tales Magazine, and four of these were voted short story of the month. Another short story, “Timeless” was published in A Mail-Order Bride for Christmas in a Prairie Rose Publication. Her novel about a woman sheriff in New Mexico in the 1880s, Death at Gran Quivera was published in 2017. Her most recent book by Outlaw Press is called Lost in Time. In her previous life, Jesse taught K-6, community college classes, and Educational Methods at the University of New Mexico. In her free time, she reads, travels, C/W dances, and visits her family ranch in New Mexico.
Matthew P. Mayo is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. He frequently roves the byways of North America with his wife, videographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure.
Big Jim Williams’ latest novel, JAKE SILVERHORN’S REVENGE, follows, CATTLE DRIVE, the Western Fictioneers’ Peacemaker 2014 Winner for Best First Novel. Audio books are, THE OLD WEST, and author/narrator, TALL TALES OF THE OLD WEST. Anthologies credits: BEST OF THE WEST and SUNDOWN WESTERN TALES (Sundown Press); SIX BULLETS TO SUNDOWN Vol 12 (Dusty Saddles press); DEAD OR ALIVE, BROKEN PROMISES (La Frontera Press); Western Fictioneers’ WOLF CREEK books. Online and print magazines, Frontier Tales, Rope and Wire, Western Horse-man, The Cardroom Poker News, Livestock (Texas) Weekly, American West, Sniplits, Shoot!; non-Westerns in Over-MyDeadBody, Orchard Press Mysteries, Suspense Magazine, and the anthologies, THE KILLER WORE CHANBERRY, volumes 3 & 4 (Untreed Read Press), IN VINO VERITAS (Horrified Press), THE LAST MAN (Sword & Saga), MURDER TO MIL-SPEC (Wilmont), and, AT HOME & ABROAD (Joyous). His Civil War drama, “Close Encounters of the Confederate Kind,” a San Francisco Shoestring Radio Theatre production, aired on over 100 NPR stations. “Re-Creating Baseball Games on Radio in 1951-52,” his personal non-fiction story, is scheduled for release in, AIR: A RADIO ANTHOLOGY (Hippocampus Press), in early 2019. Williams, a California resident, is a lifelong broadcaster. His favorites things are dogs, friends, writing, movies, reading, book stores, the Old West, naps, cold beer, buffets, laughing, staying healthy, avoiding trouble, letting others pick up the check, and trying to finish writing another Western story or novel.
Vicky J. Rose, under the pseudonym Easy Jackson, is the author of the Tennessee Smith series published by Kensington/Pinnacle. A Bad Place to Die debuts in 2018 and A Season in Hell in 2019.
Western author JL (Jerry) Guin is the author of over 40 short stories and 15 novels. He became an active member of Western Fictioneers in 2011. He lives in northern California with wife, proofreader Ginny.
Jim Griffin became enamored of the Texas Rangers from watching the TV series, Tales of the Texas Rangers, as a youngster. He grew to be an avid student and collector of Rangers' artifacts, memorabilia and other items. His collection is now housed in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco. His quest for authenticity in his writing has taken him to the famous Old West towns of Pecos, Deadwood, Cheyenne, Tombstone and numerous others. While Jim's books are fiction, he strives to keep them as accurate as possible within the realm of fiction. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Jim now lives in Keene, New Hampshire when he isn't travelling around the west. A devoted and enthusiastic horseman, Jim bought his first horse when he was a junior in college. He has owned several American Paint horses. He is a member of the Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol, an organization which assists the state park Rangers with patrolling parks and forests.
Cheryl is a native Oklahoman with ten novels to her credit as well as numerous short stories and novellas. Founding Prairie Rose Publications with long-time friend Livia Reasoner is a dream-come-true for her—there’s something new every day. Helping other authors is at the top of her list, and she enjoys every minute of it. Cheryl is a past president of the Western Fictioneers professional writing organization. She has two grown children and lives with her husband in Oklahoma City.
Tom Rizzo is a storyteller who writes fact and fiction about characters and events of the Old West. He is the author of the novel, Last Stand at Bitter Creek and a three-volume non-fiction series entitled Tall Tales from the High Plains & Beyond. A member of Western Fictioneers, Western Writers of America, and the Wild West History Association, Tom is working on his second novel. A former print and broadcast journalist and freelance writer, Tom lives in northern Indiana. When he’s not writing, Tom is golfing or focusing on color pencil
Hello, let me introduce myself: My name is Dorothy A. Bell, the A. is for Ann. I’m a published author with Hartwood Publishing. I write, and enjoy reading Oregon historical and western romances. Love to make all kinds of wicked chocolate goodies. I grow cucumbers to make my own relish and bread and butter pickles, and tomatoes to make my own salsa and sauce. Love to exercise in the water, tell stories, and write spicy, entertaining, colorful romances. My husband of fifty-three years and I, reside in our tiny 352 square foot home with our long-haired Dachshund Hector, and an old, angora, tuxedo cat.
Ben Goheen is a graduate of Murray State University with a degree in secondary education. He is a former schoolteacher and a former human resources manager in the chemical manufacturing industry. His novel, written under the name Ben Tyler, Echoes of Massacre Canyon, won the Peacemaker Award as Best First Western Novel of 2016. His follow up novel under the name Ben Tyler was Mabry’s Challenge. He currently lives in Western Kentucky near Kentucky Lake.
Barbara Shepherd is an award-winning writer, poet, and artist. Published books include: Historical novel set in 1830s Texas – River Bend, children’s picture book – The Potbelly Pig Promise, cookbook – Vittles and Vignettes, and poetry chapbook – Patch-work Skin. Her work also appears in magazines and more than a dozen anthologies.
Gordon Rottman lives outside of Houston, Texas, served in the Army for 26 years in a number of "exciting" units beginning with serving as a Green Beret in Vietnam, and wrote war games for Green Berets for 11 years. He's written over 130 military history books, but his interests have turned to adventurous young adult novels—influenced by a bunch of audacious kids, Westerns owing to his experiences on his wife's family's ranch in Mexico, and historical fiction focusing on how people really lived and thought—history does not need to be boring. Gordon is the author of the award-winning, bestseller Ride-series: The Hardest Ride, Ride Harder, Marta’s Ride, and the forthcoming Marta’s Daughter. Additionally he has a short story in Sundown Western Tales.
Charlie Steel, Tale-Weaver Extraordinaire, is a novelist and internationally published author of short stories. Steel credits the catalyst for his numerous books and hundreds of short stories to be the result of being a voracious reader, along with having worked at many varied and assorted occupations. Some of his experiences include service in the Army, labor in the oil fields, in construction, in a foundry, and as a salvage diver. Early in his life he was recruited by the US Government and spent five years behind the Iron Curtain. Steel’s work has been recognized and reviewed by various publications and organizations including Publisher’s Weekly, Western Fictioneers, and Western Writers of America. Steel holds five degrees including a PhD. He continues to read, research, and collect western literature. He is the author of Desert Heat, Desert Cold, and Other Tales of the West. Charlie Steel lives on an isolated ranch at the base of Greenhorn Mountain, in Southern Colorado.
Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Doris is an author, historian, poet and actor/musician. She moved from the historically rich region of West Central Illinois to the equally history rich Colorado. Many of her works focus on the history that has surrounded her all her life.
A short story writer, and the author of over three dozen novels and one non-fiction book, Doug now makes his home in Colorado Springs with his wife Kathy. When not writing or traveling to research his novels, Doug enjoys collecting and restoring old English sports cars. In 1991 Doug's novel, A PASSAGE OF SEASONS, won the Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award. His 1998 book, BRANDISH, and 1999 DEADWOOD, were finalists for the SPUR award given by the Western Writers of America. Bone Digger, his 2015 novel, received the Peacemaker award from Western Fictioneers, and his 2017 novel, Bill Riley's Head was a Peacemaker finalist.
Dennis Doty has been writing fiction since 2004. His work has appeared in Saddlebag Dispatches, Storyland Literary Review and Cheapjack Pulp. He is Vice-President and Deputy Publishing Director of Oghma Creative Media and Managing Editor of Saddlebag Dispatches magazine (http://www.saddlebagdispatches.com). Primarily a writer of westerns, his interests aren’t confined to a single genre. Dennis is a native of Southern California, who now lives in Appalachia with his wife and two dogs. He spends his days writing, editing and yelling at kids to get off his lawn.
S.L. Matthews grew up in the past, participating in 18th and 19th century living history encampments since the age of three. At thirteen, S.L. was taught to weave, and produced period rifle and accoutrement straps for reenactors, museums, movies and television worldwide. Successful as the woven work was, writing was a long-lost dream rediscovered. The tales told in those darkened fields, illuminated by firelight, fuel the desire to write historical fiction. They are the breath of characters come to life through shadows of the past.