The Wild West of Fiction and Film

By Ed Hulse

Pop-culture historian and Murania Press editor-in-chief Ed Hulse presents this collection of informative, extensively researched essays on the Westerns of pulp fiction and Saturday-matinee motion pictures from the 20th century’s first half. Most initially saw print in Blood ‘n’ Thunder; a few were originally written for other publications; and one is new to this book. All the reprinted pieces have been reedited and expanded, some considerably. Hulse examines such best-selling authors as Zane Grey, Max Brand, Walt Coburn, and Clarence E. Mulford; such memorable series characters as Zorro, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, and Whistling Dan Barry; and such popular cowboy stars as Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, William Boyd, Randolph Scott, George O’Brien — to name just a few in each category.

While not a comprehensive narrative history, this book’s 17 essays in their totality cover a long span of time and a large amount of ground. The author has uncovered a wealth of heretofore unreported information on the making of classic Western movies, much of it gleaned from the actors, writers, and directors themselves.

As a bonus the book reprints Stewart Edward White’s outstanding 1919 novella, The Killer, twice adapted by Hollywood; the second and best version, a stylish 1932 exercise in “Western Gothic” titled Mystery Ranch, is covered by Hulse at length in the 5,100-word essay written specifically to accompany White’s story.

At 286 pages, its 146,000 words accompanied by dozens of seldom-seen cover reproductions and rare movie stills, The Wild West of Fiction and Film is an invaluable addition to the history of American pop culture.

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Cover Art by Walter Baumhofer
ISBN-13 978-1721196494
286 pgs., deluxe trade paperback edition, 8 1/2 X 11

Price: $25.00