Articles & Short Stories

The Cowards of Coyote Crossing: A Short Story

17/04/18

  The Cowards of Coyote Crossing By David P. Barker   Sheriff McShea hated bare-knuckle boxing. He hated seeing grown men that should otherwise be with their families spend money watching other grown men, who should be spending time wi …

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The Role of the Cowboy in the Old West

14/03/18

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*

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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MULTICULTURALISM AND THE WILD WEST by Alexander Hawksville

09/01/17

MULTICULTURALISM AND THE WILD WEST Nowadays we talk about ‘multiculturalism’ as if this is a new thing. In the Hollywood films from away back, cowboys are depicted as being an all-white and fairly homogenous bunch of dudes. The truth is muc …

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CATTLE DRIVES by Alexander Hawksville

09/01/17

FOLLOW THEM BEEVES!   The cattle drives in America were carried out for a specific purpose in a specific era. They took place between 1866 and 1886, in a period just after the Civil War and before the development of refrigerated rail t …

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THE STORY OF WILD BILL HICKOK by Alexander Hawksville

09/01/17

The Rise and Fall of a Legend Although his nickname was ‘Wild Bill’, his birth name was James Butler Hickok, son of William Alonzo and Polly Hickok. He was born in the year 1837, and accounts of his early life suggest that he was a great ma …

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BILLY THE KID

04/01/17

by Alexander Hawksville   William H. Bonney was also known as ‘Billy the Kid’. Like many of the anti-heroes of the southwest states he started young; by the end of his career, if that’s what it could be called, he was said to have kill …

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THE OPENING OF THE WEST

07/11/16

THE OPENING OF THE WEST  By Art Isberg   The human yearning for adventure to see what lies over a distant mountain range, across wide rivers and beyond misty valleys, drove explorers West to wonder and marvel at what they might find. T …

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DEADWOOD DICK

07/11/16

By Alexander Hawksville Deadwood, aka Deadeye, Dick was a black cowboy hero. Why this should seem such a bold statement is beyond me. Most cowboy stories are set after the American Civil War (1859–1865) at the end of which the slaves were f …

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