I write a quite a few short stories and enjoy doing so. I’ve published a couple books of shorts (“Tales From Dry Springs” and “Tales From the Grand Canyon”) and am always pleased when my shorts are picked up in anthologies, many of them the brainchild of my brilliant publicist, Nick Wale.
But I realized that in my regular Thursday blog, Thursday’s Featured Book, I’ve given short thrift to shorts, something that begins to change today, though now I may have to change the name of the blog. The first one I’m going to highlight is “High Plains Drifter.” No, not the Clint Eastwood movie, but a terrific short by Charles Ray.
Charles immediately introduces us to the beautiful Mary Lou Carter, who was orphaned at 23 and left to run the Lazy C Ranch, though, not surprisingly, not without trouble. In this case, the trouble is Elwood Jackson, a man who controls the local town and wants to control Mary Lou. She tries to fight back, but the town is filled with cowards and none of them will help her.As happens with many Westerns, but no less fun as a result, a stranger rides into town. He’s flat broke and young, but with courage and character. He moves fast and easy, with no wasted words. The fact that many regular readers of Westerns can predict the outcome in no way impacted my enjoyment of the story. It left me wanting more, and I hope Charles considers expanding this initial effort.
Charles writes in a number of genres, and I’m honored to have been asked to participate in a new Western project he’s doing and have already submitted my story. Looking forward to its release.
I hope you’ll give “High Plains Drifter” a try, and I’d love to hear your feedback. You can find it as part of the “Scott Harris U.S. Marshal” collection.
Thank you, and enjoy!