Since 2001, Ian (I.J.) Parnham has seen 17 Black Horse and 5 Avalon westerns published. His latest BHW, Riders of the Barren Plains, came out in July, and two more are scheduled for next year. His latest Avalon book, The Treasure of St. Woody, was released this month. He also wrangles two blogs, The Culbin Trail and Black Horse Express. You can even follow him on Twitter. This is one busy cowboy.
Is there a real Culbin Trail? Yep, sort of. It winds through the Culbin Forest, a huge park and nature preserve on the shoreline of the Moray Firth in northeast Scotland, not far from Ian’s homestead. According to the brochure, it’s a great place for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. They have sand dunes, mud flats, wild critters and tales of settlers who were wiped out in 1694 by a cataclysmic storm.
Ian’s Black Horse books involve a wide cast of characters, but the one who seems to pop up most is Sheriff Cassidy Yates. His Avalon books all feature a couple of gents named Randolph McDougal and Fergis O’Brien, whom he says were oddly inspired by the TV series Blackadder. On his website, you can read the first chapters of 20 different novels. Add them up and it's like getting a whole book free. Proud to have you perusing the Almanack, Ian.