Saturday, January 6, 2018

Range Rider or Range Writer

When I adopted the name of The Range Writer, I did not realize that there were those who would not make the connection to The Range Rider, especially those of younger generations.
   The Range Rider was an outstanding western adventure TV show in the early 1950's. It was produced by Gene Autry and starred Jock Mahoney as The Range Rider. At the time he was billed as Jack Mahoney. He was a former stuntman and he did all his own stunts and horsework.
   When I first saw the show, I thought he reminded me so much of another cowboy star, Charles Starrett who starred in a long running series for Columbia Pictures as a masked rider all in black on a white stallion similar to The Lone Ranger. This character was known as The Durango Kid.  Jock's moves and athleticism was so similar, it was almost as if they were both the same man.
   Years later, I learned that Jock was the stuntman for Charles Starrett and when the Durango Kid rode wearing his mask, it was actually Jock Mahoney. Charles Starrett often quipped. "Jock let's me say the words."
   Columbia pictures soon learned that Jock could also act and later began giving Jock additional roles in the Durango Kid films. He was billed as Jack Mahoney and often times as The Durango Kid, he would be chasing himself as the other character.
   Jock went on to star in another TV series, "Yancy Derrtinger" in the late 1950's. Later on he became Tarzan in two major motion pictures.
   Jock was probably one of the greatest stuntmen of all time and he was simply fascinating to watch.
   He will forever be The RANGE RIDER..

Friday, December 15, 2017

Luke Short (Frederick Glidden) The before Louis L'amour

I don'r want to get into the ranking of authors; who is better than whom? There have been many great western authors who were great in their own right. Some were similar to others and some were a little more unique, but quality was still there. The overall success of any author is marketing. The author's work needs to be exposed. Some received more exposure than others. Some had great recommendations by influential personalities. Some had works made into great motion pictures.
    Luke Short was the pen name of Frederick Glidden. His publisher assigned him that name. He did not know at the time that Luke Short was a famous gunman in the old west. He wrote outstanding rugged western stories with well developed characters  including strong women roles, as well as complex and often times convoluted plot lines.He was very prolific and many of his works were adapted into successful motion pictures and often in comic book form.
      In his latter years he was contracted by Bantam books to supply two or three books a year. Whether it was his health or other reasons, he often failed to deliver on the designated deadlines for publication. He was replaced by a newcomer named Louis L'Amour. Bantam initiated a new marketing policy of having all L'Amour books in print all the time.
     I am not saying that L'Amour was not as good as Luke Short for I hold L'Amour in high esteem and I have read all of his books and are favorites. With the aggressive marketing  by Bantam Books as well as the purchase of the short story "Gift of Cochise" by John Wayne and turned into the very successful movie, "Hondo," Louis became a household name and discovered by millions of readers. I sometimes wonder if Luke Short or many of the other great writers of our time would have achieved as much success and notoriety.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

First day of this blog.

   Never having blogged before,I don't know exactly how to start but I decided to show the cover of my latest release. This is a reprint under my own name. It was previously published under the name CHAD CULL.
   I started writing using this name as a tribute to my grandfather. His name was Charles Cull, but everyone called him Chad. He was born in 1881 and was the real deal and I leaned a lot from him about farming, cattle, and horses. We live a life much like western ranching, so westerns were were a natural part of our life.
   Chad Cull's father worked the railroads and was associated with Frank and Jesse James, who came regularly to his home. Needless to say, a great deal of western lore was learned there. Later on Chad's father was an Indian agent and he lived on a reservation.
   Chad was an avid reader of western pulp magazines. This is how I learned to read as he would hold  me on his lap and read exciting adventures. This led to my life long interest in reading, writing, and westerns. The first western I read was Rustlers of West Fork by Tex Burns in the first installment of Hopalong Cassidy Pulp Magazine.
It was later known that Tex Burns was Louis L'Amour. ,I have wanted to write stories all my life. My first grade teacher would read my stories to the class.
    After a lifetime of making a living at other endeavors, old age has given me the time to return to writing. i hope my efforts now is a suitable tribute to the most important person of my life.
    Next time I will look at western writers that have shaped to genre we all love.
    Se you on down the trail.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rangewriter Notes Begins

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Trails and Tales of the Range Writer

Saddle up and ride, read and write with us as we explore the wonderful world of westerns in media and literature. Yes, literature though many times, genre list do not included. Perhaps it is to be included in Fiction or Historical categories. Who knows? It just isn't right. The western is uniquely American and reflects the ideals and virtues that made this country great.

From James Fenimore Cooper to Louis L'Amour the story of our country has been told with action, adventure and heroism.  Here we will try to review the great writers who have told this story so eloquently.

Everything western is welcome here, be it TV, Movies, Historical, Biographical or pure fiction.

Check back often for book reviews, stories and author profiles.
See you on the trail!