News

Finding New Ways of Writing

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Hello, how are you doing? I have been writing and I do have more posts about the history of Doc Holliday for you and also the Wild West. I’ve also been looking at finding new ways of writing and working on getting a draft of my latest novel completed.

The Films

Doc Holliday in the Movies – Dennis Quaid

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Looking at film Doc Hollidays from the 1990s, Val Kilmer’s Doc in Tombstone is always the one that gets mentioned the most. He has the best lines for sure. I love Val’s portrayal. It’s hard not to love it, but historically, I think Dennis Quaid’s Doc Holliday in the 1993 film Wyatt Earp wins hands […]

Writing Craft

A Little Light Reading

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One of the most fun aspects of writing a book is researching the characters and the world that you’re creating. I particularly enjoy all the weird and wonderful places that the characters take me too. It’s always a good excuse to discover new books and to learn about new things! The current book that I’m […]

News

Move over Doc Holliday

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How are you doing? It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and my apologies for that. I’ve been busy working on a new novel. It will be quite different from A Gentleman in Hell. It’s not going to be set in the Wild West, and it won’t be a Western. I hope you’re ok with that. I’m guessing that you will be. It will be historical and it will have horses. In fact, I guarantee there will be horses, why wouldn’t there be? This is me we’re talking about!

History

Death Threats in Tombstone

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In the aftermath of the O.K. Corral hearing, the cowboy gang were not willing to accept Judge Spicer’s verdict. The Earps were found justified in their actions during the gunfight. There would be no murder trial. After the hearing was over, several Earp associates and also Judge Spicer received letters warning them to leave town. On December 14, 1881, the night stage from Tombstone was attacked and fired upon. John Clum, Tombstone’s town mayor narrowly escaped the shooting. In a letter to Stuart N. Lake (Wyatt Earp’s biographer) dated January 24, 1929, he described the event as:

The Book

A Halloween in Tombstone

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In the aftermath of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Halloween October 1881 was not a happy one for the Earps or for Doc Holliday. Both Virgil and Morgan Earp were recovering from wounds that they had received during the gunfight. The cowboys had held a combined funeral for Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury […]

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A Gentleman in Hell available in Paperback

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The paperback version of my Doc Holliday novel, A Gentleman in Hell, arrived in the mail this week. It’s looking fabulous! I really do win the prize for procrastination with this, but it’s finally here and available for sale on Amazon. Click here for more information.

History

Another view of Doc Holliday

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I love digging for descriptions of people from Tombstone, especially Doc Holliday. Here’s a good one from a book called Leadville Sketches. “He is a thin, spare looking man; his iron gray hair is always well combed and oiled; his boots usually wear an immaculate polish; his beautiful scarf, with an elegant diamond pin in […]

The Book

Dogs of the Old West

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There‚Äôs a photograph of Molly Fly (wife of Camillus Fly, yes the same one that had the photography studio at the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral) that was taken in Tombstone, AZ. By Mollie’s feet is a Redbone Coonhound. The photograph started me thinking about dogs out West. In the film Tombstone, […]