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American West

American West

Twenty New Stories from the Western Writers of America

Edited with an Introduction by Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books



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Once, there was a world where the heroes were defined by their white clothing and the bad guys always wore black. The town sheriff always gunned down the wild gunslinger while the lady in distress cowered. The Indian was to be feared, not understood, and the white man always saved the day. This was the traditional Western.

But times change, as did the Western. The evolving Western is told from the point of view of blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Gentiles, Mormons, Catholics, women, and men. It is about America; it is about life. Whether a story's central element is a hangman or a midwife, a piano or a cowboy who hates tomatoes, you may be certain of one thing, if the tale reflects an expanding continent, it reflects the American West.


American West

The Snows of August
Jory Sherman was a member of the San Francisco community of beat poets that included Jack Kerouac. He is also one of the best western novelists of all time. "The...


Praise for American West

“Takes the genre to new frontiers.” —The Boston Herald

“This is not simply an excellent collection about the West, each story is a haunting and powerful chapter in the creation of a nation.” —Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, USA Today bestselling authors of the Anasazi series

“If I had to give a friend one book containing the best that today's Western fiction has to offer, it would be American West.” —Mike Blakely, former president of the Western Writers of America and the Spur Award-winning author of Summer of Pearls

“A welcome addition to any Western collection.” —Booklist

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About the author

Edited with an Introduction by Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature.

He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received four Western Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detective.

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