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Luke Short (writer)

Luke Short (real name Frederick Dilley Glidden November 19, 1908-August 18, 1975) was a popular Western writer.

Born in Kewanee, Illinois Glidden attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for two and a half years and then transferred to the University of Missouri at Columbia to study journalism.

Following graduation in 1930 he worked for a number of newspapers before becoming a trapper in Canada then later moved to New Mexico to be an archeologist's assistant.

After reading Western pulp magazines and trying to escape unemployment he started writing Western fiction. He sold his first short story and novel in 1935 under the pen name of Luke Short (which was also the name of a famous gunslinger in the Old West, though it's unclear if he was aware of that when he assumed the pen name.)

After publishing over a dozen novels in the 1930s, he started writing for films in the 40s. In 1948 alone four Luke Short novels appeared as movies. Some of his memorable film credits includes Ramrod (1947) and Blood on the Moon (1948). He continued to write novels, despite increasing trouble with his eyes, until his death in 1975. His ashes are buried in Aspen, Colorado, his home at the time of his death.

Novels

  • The Feud at Single Shot, 1935
  • The Branded Man, 1936
  • The Man on the Blue, 1936
  • Marauders' Moon, 1937
  • King Colt, 1937
  • Brand of Empire, 1937
  • The Marshal of Vengeance, 1937
  • Bold Rider, 1938
  • Savage Range, 1938
  • Raiders of the Rimrock, 1938
  • Hard Money, 1938
  • Bounty Guns, 1939
  • War on the Cimarron, 1939
  • Dead Freight for Piute, 1939
  • Bought with a Gun, 1940
  • Barren Land Showdown, 1940
  • Raw Land, 1940
  • Gunman's Chance, 1941
  • Hardcase, 1941
  • Ride the Man Down, 1942
  • Sunset Graze, 1942
  • And the Wind Blows Free, 1943
  • Ramrod, 1943
  • Coroner Creek, 1945
  • Fiddlefoot, 1946
  • Station West, 1946
  • High Vermilion, 1947
  • Vengeance Valley, 1949
  • Ambush, 1948
  • Play a Lone Hand, 1950
  • Saddle by Starlight, 1952
  • Silver Rock, 1953
  • Rimrock, 1955
  • The Whip, 1956
  • Summer of the Smoke, 1958
  • First Claim, 1960
  • Desert Crossing, 1961
  • Last Hunt, 1962
  • The Some-Day Country, 1963
  • First Campaign, 1965
  • Paper Sheriff, 1965
  • The Primrose try, 1966
  • Debt of Honor, 1967
  • The Guns of Hanging Lake, 1968
  • Donovan's Gun, 1968
  • The Deserters, 1969
  • Three for the Money, 1970
  • Man from the Desert, 1971
  • The Outrider, 1972
  • The Stalkers, 1973
  • The Man from Two Rivers, 1974
  • Trouble Country, 1976

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