Friday, November 16, 2007

Scouting the Web

■ Western scribe Jim Griffin’s Big Bend Death Trap, the latest novel in the Texas Ranger Cody Havlicek series, gets a glowing review at Rope and Wire (scroll down).

James Reasoner has published a new pseudonymous novel in The Trailsman series: Texas Timber War.

■ A new issue of Chap O’Keefe’s Black Horse Extra is online, featuring an article on Black Horse Westerns author Brian Parvin, a.k.a. Dan Claymaker, Jack Reason and Luther Chance. You will also find a very interesting piece on writing, focused on the creative process behind O’Keefe’s Peace at Any Price, which we reviewed here. This issue includes the traditional news roundup section Hoofprints and a list of upcoming BHW releases.

Neglected Books is a very interesting website where you can find more information and reviews of rare and out of print books, including Westerns such as Winds of Morning by H.L. Davis and Strange Conquest by Alfred Neumann.

■ The excellent Online Pulps site has a number of new downloads, including a short story from the August 1957 issue of Real Western Stories: The Dancing Trees by Lon Williams, starring his character Lee Winters. The synopsis reads: “Deputy Marshal Winters had been called upon to assist lovely damsels in distress before - but never a damsel like this, and never in this kind of distress!

■ A new anthology containing ten lost mystery stories by Western writer extraordinaire Max Brand: Masquerade. You can read more about it here.

■ This might be old news, but it’s still worth noting. The 2008 Western Writers of America (WWA) Convention will take place June 10-14, 2008 at the Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona.

■ Speaking of the WWA, a new issue of Roundup Magazine is out. You can see some of its contents here.

■ The New York Times Magazine has an all-Western films issue, with an overview of the genre by film critic A.O. Scott and comments on movies such as The Search Party, Broken Arrow and Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller (the latter by Jonathan Lethem). There’s also a short aside on actor Daniel Day-LewisAll-Time Top Westerns.

Robert B. Parker writes an interesting column on the film version of his novel Appaloosa, scheduled for release next year. Finally, there's pieces on on how Westerns shaped the business of filmmaking; the selling of the "Wild West" myth from Buffalo Bill Cody to Hollywood; the beautiful marriage of Westerns and hi-def DVDs; an interview with historian Patricia Limerick, author of the revisionist history of the West, The Legacy of Conquest; the figure of the outlaw in Westerns; and the curious comic and soon-to-be-movie Cowboys & Aliens, a trailer of which you can see here.

And here's a video with some pretty cool film clips on American Character and the Western.

All in all, a very comprehensive take on Hollywood Westerns. And with that, I'm out of here. Have a great weekend.


Chap O'Keefe said...

Thank you for the pointer to Black Horse Extra, Gonzalo. Another useful article there is Greg Mitchell's Horse Sense and Nonsense.

Elsewhere on the web, a couple of important pieces worthy of attention by the genre's supporters are Whatever Happened to the Heroes? by John Patterson, posted 16 November at , and Russell Davis's recommendations to Western Writers of America at

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Gonzalo and Ben. I really appreciate these "Scouting the Web" articles, as it keeps me informed of everything that is going on, western wise, without a lot of web searching. A lot of work for you though.