Sunday, February 20, 2011

Black Horse Extra Update

The March-may edition of Black Horse Extra is now online.

The topic of the moment for everyone seems to be ebooks: do we or don't we go digital? The Extra takes its own slant on this, putting the spotlight on the Hale-published western line from the UK in a considered editorial which should interest readers and writers of genre fiction generally. Later, two newsbrief items record recent reissues as ebooks of novels that were previously published as Black Horse Westerns. They include titles by US-based writers Ed Gorman and Terrell L. Bowers.

Elsewhere, the ever-busy author-actor Gary Dobbs (aka Jack Martin) discusses the possible significance for the western genre of the rapturous welcome for the Coen Brothers' version of True Grit, and David Whitehead (aka Ben Bridges) and top German western writer Alfred Wallon give the background to their second Doug Thorne collaboration, Cannon For Hire.

Also weighing in is Keith Chapman (aka Chap O'Keefe) with news of the reissue next month of Misfit Lil Cheats the Hangrope. This was previously available only as a POD paperback, but republication by the Ulverscroft large-print organization will give it entry to the library market. Keith takes the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at what has gone into creating and maintaining his lively series heroine.

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