“DANCE WITH THE DEVIL”

THE DEVIL'S CANYON

— A TOWN OF VIOLENCE — The man in the sweat-stained white shirt grunted as he lifted another shovel full of dirt and scattered it onto the gravesite.

“Well, he lasted more ‘n most of ’em,” said a man standing nearby holding a bible.

The gravedigger straightened up and wiped the back of his hand across his forehead.

“Not quite a month.”

The two men stood […]

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“A STRANGER IN BLACK”

THOMAS EDWARD KETCHUM

— A CRIME NEVER SOLVED — On the night of July 2, 1899, a tall stranger dressed in black stepped up to the porch of the former sutler’s store in Camp Verde, Arizona, where several men sat talking.

The four men included Mack Rodgers, who owned the business, Captain John Boyd, a former prospector, store clerk Lew Turner, and an unidentified mail carrier.

Rodgers, at one point, […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: JOHN DUNCKLEE, IN MEMORIUM

Age never got the best of John Duncklee. A few days before I interviewed him last May, he turned 85 and still boasted about cranking out two-thousand words a day.

John passed away over the weekend. A prolific writer, and a gracious man with a wry sense of humor, John served as a confident to several writers with whom he maintained strong friendships. And, he will be missed—by family, friends, and a […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: JANET SQUIRES, WRITING AND RIDING THE WEST

Author, Janet Squires

After publishing articles in several national and regional publications, Janet Squires decided to devote her attention to fiction.

Just before the turn of the New Year, she published her first novel, Desperate Straits, a story about a woman with an uncertain future and an orphaned nephew. She’s currently at work on the sequel, The Man From Hermit’s Rest.

Janet won acclaim for a children’s picture book she […]

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