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Robert Hale Ltd published their first Western in 1936, and have been publishing Western fiction continuously since that time, firstly under their own imprint, and since the mid 1980s under their wholly owned imprint BLACK HORSE WESTERNS. In 2015 Robert Hale and its Black Horse imprint became part of The Crowood Press, a family owned publishing house, which is committed to continuing with the Black Horse imprint and to working with both new and established authors and editors.

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Short Story: Jack Bones, Gone to Texas

12/01/18

January’s Short Story Marshal Thomas Lang was old school and saw himself as a bit of a ‘I got here too late but would have been a hell of a star-packer had I been around twenty years ago’ kind of lawman and the first thing he did when appoi …

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The Christmas Tree Trail – Dogbite Fifteen

18/12/17

Dogbite Fifteen The Christmas Tree Trail Christmas could be a sad time for the working cowhand, many of them young, transient workers without a real home other than a bunkhouse. It can be an even tougher time for the older, long-time hands …

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Dogbites 11 onwards * Short stories from Chris Adam Smith*

10/10/17

Dogbite 11 Money in the Bank It was raining, a wet Wyoming drizzling rain that soaked both man and horse as fast as any downpour. Too wet to ride to Dogbite which meant it would be a miserable Saturday evening in the bunkhouse. There was th …

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DOGBITE 1 – 10 Short stories from Chris Adam Smith

23/08/17

Dogbite  1 GUNFIGHT AT DOGBITE Henry Lee said, ‘The only gunfight I ever saw was right here in Halloran’s Saloon, right here in Dogbite in the summer of eighty-one. Do you recall that one, Dan?’’ Dan  Crow shook his head, ‘No, I was up on t …

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New From Black Horse Westerns

Dead Man at Snake’s Creek

Rob Hill

Credence, Texas, is a one-horse town. Dying on its feet since the closure of the Shawnee Trail, the place is divided by bitterness, resentment and feuds that have smouldered on for years. This is what Johnny Hartford finds when he returns home for his brother’s wedding. Ten years before, he left the town in a blaze of glory to travel …

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Whitewater Run

Caleb Rand

Thinking that being on the run can be no worse than the torment of phoney incrimination and punishment, Billy Finch escapes from the brutal prison of Great China Wash. Riding many miles south, a vengeful search leads Billy to Walnut Bench and its sheriff, Bigg Harmer, who, in a serpentine twist of fate, is seeking the same man. Billy decides …

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Iron Eyes

Rory Black

Having delivered the body of wanted outlaw Mason Holt to the sheriff at Diablo Creek, infamous bounty hunter Iron Eyes collapses, badly wounded, and his would-be sweetheart Squirrel Sally desperately tries to find a doctor to help him. However, unknown to Sally, she is heading into a dangerous and uncharted desert where a mysterious tribe of Indians live. Then when …

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Fort Hatred

Corba Sunman

A puff of gun smoke erupted from the broken window and Moran fired at it without seeming to aim. A bullet whined past his head and he fired two more shots through the window while moving for cover at the right-hand side of the shack. A man emerged at a run from the ramshackle building, triggering a stream of lead …

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The Homesteader’s War

Doug Bluth

Former Union solider and Colorado rancher Ned Bracken wants nothing more than to enjoy a quiet life with his family. Instead, he’s hounded by representatives from the railroad who want him to sell his land to make way for a new track to be put down. But when raiders burn his ranch and kidnap his wife, Ned is pushed too …

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Black Hills Gold

Will DuRey

Since the signing of the Laramie Treaty six years earlier, the tribes of the Plains have practised their nomadic lifestyle within the boundaries of the lands set aside for their use. The dwindling herds of buffalo and deer which provide the staple requirements of their existence are a growing source of discontent but while the Americans, the wasicun, stay out …

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