The Films

Film Doc Hollidays – Dennis Quaid

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Despite all the things that I’ve written about Doc Holliday over the years, I’ve never actually written about the film Docs. I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to do this. So I think it’s time to fix this. Let’s start immediately! Let’s start with Dennis Quaid who played Doc Holliday in the […]

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 […]

News

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’s 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, […]

The Book

The death of Morgan Earp

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Around midnight, on March 18, 1882, Morgan Earp died in a card room at Campbell and Hatch’s saloon in Tombstone, Arizona. He was a few weeks shy of celebrating his 31st birthday. Despite tension mounting with the cowboys, he and his brother Wyatt had visited Schieffelin Hall  to see a play called Stolen Kisses. Afterwards, […]