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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Meet author George Snyder


George Snyder has written: The Gunman and The Angel, Dry Gulch Outlaws and Shadow Shooters. A bachelor who lives aboard and sails his small sloop in Southern California, George Snyder has published 53-plus books and dozens of short stories …

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Short Story: An Unkind Sunday – Joseph O’Hara


“You ain’t going to do nothin’, Saturday.” Staines grinned, nuzzling his face into the ample cleavage dark-haired young saloon girl. “You’re outnumbered twelve to one, you try and take me and these men here will gun you down like the old do …

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Discover More About The Old West

The Role of the Cowboy in the Old West


Pat Gallagher, the man behind the pen name Greg Mitchell and a long time writer of BHWs helps dispel the myths surrounding the role of the cowboy in the Old West….   The popular image of a cowboy is someone riding quietly beside a he …

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Dogbites 11 onwards * Short stories from Chris Adam Smith*


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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New From Black Horse Westerns

Stagecoach to Serenity

Steven Gray

After Darren Norton shoots Arthur Hamlin dead during a card game, he goes on the run, leaving behind his girlfriend, Sal the Gal. A reward is put up for his capture and bounty hunter Gustavus Greeley is soon on his trail. He catches Norton in the hills and intends to take him back to Serenity by stagecoach to stand trial. …

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Six-Guns at Solace

John Davage

When Meg Thornton becomes caught up in a bank raid, she is horrified to discover that one of the raiders is her brother, Clay, who has been on the run since killing the barman in their home town. Clay has fallen in with the notorious Pike gang, and Eli Pike will kill Meg if he finds out she was a …

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Battle Mountain

Matt Cole

Clay Parker and his cohorts are what is left of the once-infamous Tulley gang. They have waited five years to get the money they stole from a bank, which they believe has been hidden by one of their own – and he has just been released from prison. Now Hugh Donahoe is meeting up with his daughter Mena in the …

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The Way of the Gun

Ralph Hayes

Fired from the Provost ranch and humiliated in front of the whole bunkhouse, Duke Latham swears vengeance on the owner Maynard Provost. Pursuing a life of crime and violence at the head of a small gang of outlaws, six months later Latham kidnaps Provost’s beloved daughter Dulcie. Provost’s ranch hands scour the country searching for the girl, but in vain. …

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The Defenders

Alex Hawksville

The bounty hunter had long thought of settling down. But when Jubal Thorne came to the small community of Brewlins he discovered a hotbed of intrigue and vice. Who was Abbey Watt and why was she central to the changes in a way of life? Changes that certain big businesses think will destroy them forever? Fighting back from the brink …

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Shadow Shooters

George Snyder

Released from Yuma Prison in the fall of 1878, after serving three years for bank robbery, Anson Hawkstone returns to the Apache village where he lived, determined to find Rachel, his former love, and give up the outlaw trail. However, things do not go as planned when he is forced to take part in a stagecoach hold-up after Hattie, an …

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