Wild Bill Hickok was a celebrity before there ever was a Hollywood. And he was dead before he was forty.Now Richard Matheson, Spur Award-winning author of Journal of the Gun Years, delves into the life and times of James Butler Hickok . . . gunfighter, U.S. marshal, legend. The cruelty that turned him violent. The fears that drove him. And the historic events that cause his name to live on more than century later.A compelling vision of the man behind the myth--and an unforgettable journey into the American frontier.
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To the Reader
You may recall that, some years back, I was witness to the violent demise of famous gunfighter—lawman Clay Halser.
Following that tragic incident, I was requested by the management of the hotel at which Halser was staying to inspect what meager goods he possessed with the intent of returning them to his family in Indiana. This request was made of me because I had known Halser since we first met during the War Between the States.
In the course of examining his goods, I ran across a stack of record books in which Halser had kept a journal from the latter
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“Matheson excels at the depiction of one man alone, locked in a desperate struggle against a force or forces greater than himself.”--Stephen King“His stories not only entertain, they touch the mind and heart.”--Dean Koontz
Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.