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 1993 film Wyatt Earp. He may not be everyone’s favorite Doc Holliday. That accolade goes to Val Kilmer by a long shot, at least I’m presuming that is who you would have chosen, am I right? Quaid is one of my favorites though. Continue reading “Film Doc Hollidays – Dennis Quaid”
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 writing is a fantasy, which I always find a bit intimidating as far as research goes because surely everything in a fantasy is completely made up? But once you dig a little, you come to realize that there is always an element of reality that has to act as a backbone to the stories, even if they involve all kinds of weird and wonderful imagined elements. Continue reading “A Little Light Reading”
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! Continue reading “Move over Doc Holliday”
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. Continue reading “Death Threats in Tombstone”
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 and the sentiment that emerged from it, encouraged by Ike Clanton was that the cowboys had been murdered in broad daylight. Will McLaury, brother of Tom and Frank and also a lawyer, was on his way to Tombstone to help Ike start legal proceedings against the Earps and Holliday. There was to be a hearing, and if enough evidence prevailed, both the Earps and Holliday would stand trial for murder.
I’ve always enjoyed Halloween and felt that it seemed right to incorporate a Halloween vibe in Doc Holliday’s arrest by Johnny Behan. We join Doc Holliday on as he leaves his room at Fly’s Boarding House to meet with Wyatt Earp. Read on for an excerpt from my novel: A Gentleman in Hell. Continue reading “A Halloween in Tombstone”
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.
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 center, looks well on his glossy shirt front, and he prides himself on always being scrupulously neat and clean. He usually talks in a very low tone…. In his pocket he always carries a beautiful, silver-mounted revolver, 45 caliber, and while talking to a stranger, his right arm restlessly wanders in that vicinity.” – (Doc Holliday as described in ‘Leadville Sketches’, 1883.)
What do you think of this description? I love to hear your comments!
Saw this the other day and thought you might find it interesting. Don’t think there’s a historical connection, but interesting none the less.
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, Morgan and Wyatt are shown in the Oriental feeding noodles to a hound dog, but was there ever an Earp hound like the one in the film? Continue reading “Dogs of the Old West”
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, Morgan and Wyatt visited Campbell and Hatch’s Saloon to play a game of billiards. Rifle shots were fired through a window of a door, at the back of the pool hall. Morgan was hit in the side and the back. He died an hour later from his injuries. Continue reading “The death of Morgan Earp”