Featuring Authors of Western Fiction
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list of authors who write in that genre.
In the manner of classic westerns by Zane Grey, William McLeod Raine, Max Brand, Louis L'Amour, and others.
These stories usually feature a hero who, like a Knight of the Range,
answers the call to adventure, rescues damsels in distress,
and brings bad guys to justice. His idealism drives him to right
wrongs and/or seek vengeance for injustices done to innocent people.
Westerns (historical fiction)
These stories are centered around
historical events and feature characters who have a keen desire to
survive, no matter the odds. "Cold Mountain" is one example.
This category includes journals, diaries,
and narratives by people who actually lived during the early years of
American history, as well as historical texts and articles based on
Westerns (contemporary fiction)
The Western culture is not dead. Stories
set in present time contain all the elements we look for in a good
western story. Cowboys, rodeo stars, and humble folk on farms and
ranches are alive and well, even in this modern age, and continue to
contribute to our western lore.
These stories may or may not have a
romantic subplot, but the main thrust will be "who dunnit,"
woman-in-jeopardy, solving the mystery, or trying to survive a running
battle with the bad guys. A good example is Alistair Maclean's
Westerns (historical romance)
These stories feature heroines, as well as
heroes, and the strong sensual attraction between them. The central plot
deals with their developing relationship. Like all romance stories,
these have "happily ever after" endings.
Westerns (contemporary romance)
These stories, set in present time
somewhere in the west, often in one of the southwest or Rocky Mountain
states, feature cowboys, ranch hands, rodeo stars, horse trainers and so
on. The plot centers around their courtship of the woman they've set
their sights on. The heroine, usually the main character, has the guy
jumping through hoops to win her heart.
This category includes
inspirational novels with a western flair. These stories set in
the Old West have a Christian element appropriate to the times.
Westerns (time travel romances)
These stories are similar to the historical
romances, except one of the protagonists travels back in time and has to
face the arduous task of melding his/her modern perceptions with very
old fashioned ways. Like all romance stories, these have "happily
ever after" endings.
Westerns (spicy romances)
A new trendy genre has developed, featuring
romance plots studded with sexy scenes. These aren't recommended for
readers under the age of eighteen.
Westerns (Young Readers)
A directory of websites related
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to find western authors listed alphabetically by name.
of myself in the oral tradition - as a troubadour, a village
tale-teller, the man in the shadows of the campfire. That's the way I'd
like to be remembered - as a storyteller. A good storyteller."
~ Louis L'Amour
Free e-texts of classic western novels in the public domain
IN HTML FORMAT:
of the Purple Sage
and other novels by him at:
Joseph A. Altsheler:
Lords of the Wild
Brown Wolf and Other Stories
also at Black
Mask in various formats.
IN TEXT FORMAT
William McLeod Raine
numerous novels at Thalasson
ADOBE ACROBAT READER
Red Badge of Courage
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B. M. Bower
and other novels
and other novels
Of The Lawless
Riders of the Silences
SOURCES OF FREE
(for Palm readers)