The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

On Tuesday, October 26, 1881, one of the most famous gunfights in western history occurred, The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. We’ve all seen the films. Some of the fight scenes are epicly long as in Gunfight at the OK Corral and others are short and more historically accurate, as in the 1994 film Wyatt Earp. But what actually happened? We won’t ever fully be able to understand but perhaps by breaking it down to the bare facts we can get an idea. Continue reading “The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral”

On the Trail of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp

Back in 2003, I was lucky enough to take a trip out to Tombstone to visit some of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp’s old haunts. It was something that I’d dreamed of doing since I first watched Tombstone and Wyatt Earp back in 1994. I’ve loved watching Westerns since I was small and I’ve always wanted to ride a horse through the desert.
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10 Things You Don’t Know About Tombstone

Tombstone, Arizona is one of the most famous Western towns in America. Just the name brings to mind dusty trails through the desert, saguaro and tumbleweed. You might imagine Tombstone back in the 1880s as being empty, a wide street with one saloon. Bat wing doors swing open and you find yourself in a room with a crude wooden bar where all the bartender serves is whiskey. Everyone has a gun on their hip. Everyone turns to look at you as you walk through the doors and the piano player stops and turns too. Least that’s the way frontier towns are depicted in westerns, but how was it really? Let’s see how much you know about Tombstone, “The Town Too Tough To Die”… Continue reading “10 Things You Don’t Know About Tombstone”

If Doc Holliday had a Song What Would it Be?

Writing a novel based on real history and real people is difficult. The problem with history books is they can be a bit dry. I wanted to make my characters human and really breathe some life into them. My solution was music. There’s a song for just about every human emotion out there. Someone has broken up with their girlfriend?  There’s a song about that. Feeling like an outsider? There’s a song about that too. Your best friend has just taken you on a bloody vendetta? OK, perhaps not that one but you get the idea. Continue reading “If Doc Holliday had a Song What Would it Be?”