Billy wants to be normal. Or at least just left alone. But he isn’t normal, and the other boys won’t let him forget it. So when they beat him up and destroy his one means of escape - a dime novel featuring his hero The White Ranger - Billy is truly hurt. Hurt in his heart. And he gets himself a gun.
This tale by Lance Howard (aka Howard Hopkins) earned the author much advance praise from editor Nik Morton, co-editor Charlie Whipple, and proofreader Ian Parnham. Words like “courageous”, “stunning” and “amazing” were tossed freely about. And now that I've read the story, I know why. This is an exceptional story, told with conviction by a writer who knows his stuff.
Howard Hopkins has written 32(!) Black Horse Western novels as Lance Howard, plus horror as Howard Hopkins, plus the acclaimed supernatural mystery series The Chloe Files, plus pulp hero adventures, and is now at work on a new graphic novel interpretation of The Spider - Master of Men. Whew!
“Billy”, along with 20 other new tales of the Old West, awaits you in the new Express Westerns anthology A Fistful of Legends, now available from online booksellers worldwide.
Legend 1: Dead Man Talking by Derek Rutherford
Legend 19: Cash Laramie and the Masked Devil by Edward A. Grainger (David Cranmer)
A review of Lance Howard's Guns of the Past.
Howard Hopkins' blog Dark Bits.