Legends of the Gun Years

Richard Matheson

Forge Books

Together in one volume, the epic stories of two legendary gunfighters!

Journal of the Gun Years
Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel

Back East, they told tall tales of Marshal Clay Hauser, the steely-eyed Civil War veteran who became known as the “Hero of the Plains” for his daring exploits in the raucous cow towns of the frontier.  But fame proves to be the one enemy he can never outdraw–and a curse that haunts him to his violent end . . . .

The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok

James Butler Hickok was a celebrity before there was a Hollywood.  As a gunfighter and U.S. marshal, he carved out a legend greater than any fictional hero.  Now read the unforgettable story of the man behind the myth.

“Matheson excels at the depiction of one man alone, locked in a desperate struggle against a force or forces greater than himself.”
--Stephen King

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Praise for Legends of the Gun Years

Praise for the Western Novels of Richard Matheson

“Some of the best damn writing Matheson’s done in his spectacular career."
--Loren D. Estleman

Journal of the Gun Years is a three-carat diamond.  Read it and enjoy it without delay.”
--Max Evans

"No one writes better.”
--Richard S. Wheeler

“He is legend.”
--Dale Walker, Rocky Mountain News

“A master storyteller.”
--Joe R. Lansdale

“A credibility and honesty unusual in the genre.”
--Publishers Weekly

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  • Richard Matheson

  • 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.
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Legends of the Gun Years

Richard Matheson



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