From Corn Chowder to Cannibals – Bone Tomahawk

Tonight I made corn chowder and I don’t want to brag too much, but it was good. It’s a freezing cold night here in Kentucky and there’s nothing like a bowl of homemade soup with some warm rolls to make you feel warm and cozy. So why am I talking about chowder? Well I watched the horror western Bone Tomahawk last week and there’s a scene where the town sheriff (Kurt Russell) is making chowder and serves a bowl to his ageing deputy, Chicory (Richard Jenkins). Long story short, after watching that particular scene me and my husband had to have some homemade corn chowder. Continue reading “From Corn Chowder to Cannibals – Bone Tomahawk”

Dodge City Tales – The Dead Lawyer

Dodge City has some fantastic stories, especially regarding pranks that some of the gamblers would play on unsuspecting citizens. The Dodge City Gang as they were referred to included well-known names such as Luke Short, Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. One of my favorite stories is about a  prank that was played on a lawyer that had recently arrived in Dodge City. After getting drunk and passing out, he awoke to find himself laid out in a casket with a funeral service underway. I couldn’t resist this story and chose to include it as part of my Doc Holliday book, A Gentleman in Hell. Continue reading “Dodge City Tales – The Dead Lawyer”

500 Must Be a Peach of a Hand – A guide to gambling in the Old West

Poker is the most famous type of gambling that’s depicted in western movies. Who can forget Doc Holliday’s opening scene in Tombstone where he stabs Ed Bailey before raking in a fortune of coins and jewellery. It’s not just the movies though, Wild Bill Hickock’s unfortunate departure from the world while clutching aces and eights only helped to fuel the stereotype of the western gambler, but what was it actually like to be a gambler like Doc Holliday? Continue reading “500 Must Be a Peach of a Hand – A guide to gambling in the Old West”