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”
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!
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”
I’m really excited to announce the release of my new slick all-in-one Doc Holliday novel: A Gentleman in Hell. The Doc Holliday Book Series has officially been replaced. Why don’t you go take a peek of it on Amazon. It’s available as an ebook for Kindle right now at a sweet $5.99. The paperback will be coming soon!
The first question that I had after watching Tombstone was “What did the real Doc Holliday look like?” At the time I was living in Scotland and the internet was not what it is now, so this question was a hard one to answer. I don’t know how many libraries I had to troll through before I finally found a gunfighter book that had a photograph. I found several other examples of Doc photos months after the first. Then more questions, “Does this guy look like the other?” “Is this really him?” Continue reading “Is this the face of Doc Holliday?”
I have some really exciting news for you, there are big changes coming with my books. I’ve decided to combine all three books in The Doc Holliday Series into one big book called A Gentleman in Hell, which will be available as an e-book and paperback.
The Doc Holliday Series of e-book novellas are going away. I’m going to keep them up on Amazon and Smashwords until February 29th, 2016 and then they’ll be gone. To celebrate, book 2, and 3 in The Doc Holliday Series are on sale at $1.99 each until the end of February. After that they’ll be gone!