Too Tough To Die

Act 1 “Matilda, do you remember what happened?” John said when I came back. Of course I remembered. Nobody could forget a day like...

Silver Linings

T’ou Chi Chow dropped the burlap sack from his shoulder, wincing as a stinging pain shot through his arm. He slid the knot apart...

Frontier Justice

Philip Swinford blinked as the late afternoon sunlight reflected off the oak-dappled canyon. He strained futilely against the ropes that bound his hands in...

R&D Ranch

“I wasn’t expecting to come out this way at all today, Kyle,” Lillian Morgan stated, somewhat annoyed. “But the message said that it was...

Blood Moon Rising

Deputy Timmons reclined in his chair in the sheriff’s office, crossing his boots on the mahogany desk. The sun was on its way down...

Double Dealin’

Ivor rose as the man entered his private tent. “Mr. Byre, or should I call you Mayor Byre?” Ivor shook his guest’s hand and smiled. Both...

Wilber Crowley

A sign begged, “Excuse our Dust.” The rotund figure brushing dust from his wrinkled suit was clearly unforgiving. His rumpled suit was dirty from...

Shane and Graves Security

Warren Graves lounged behind his desk at the Shane and Graves Security office, his hands dutifully cleaning the chamber of his Colt revolver while...

Return to Gomorra, Part 1

 Nighttime on Gomorra’s outskirts was never completely silent. Somewhere a nameless critter howled or squawked at the moon. Occasionally a lonesome traveler whistled to...

A Fox in the State House

“You’re gonna have to run all this by me again,” Dave chuckled as he leaned back, propping his boots on the edge of the...