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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

POLICE SQUAD COMPLETE SERIES DVD


Start the year as you mean to go on and so I'm putting my feet up and handing over the reins of Tainted Archive to Chris from the Louis L'amour Project.

Not only has he had loads of snow to play about in, when the rest of us have to cope with the rain, but he's also found time to review the Police Squad DVD.

So let's put virtual hands together for our guest reviewer, Chris.



Police Squad! is where comedy begins and ends for me. I first learned of it back in the early 90s when Comedy Central was promoting the heck out of The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear and was showing the six Police Squad! episodes over and over again. I recorded them on a VHS tape and for years that was my only means of watching them, until a couple of years ago when my wife bought me The Complete Series on DVD.

It does not disappoint, and any fan of The Naked Gun, Airplane, or other Zucker brothers pursuits should consider adding it to his/her collection. Here are some things I like about the Police Squad! series:

  • It has all of the Naked Gun jokes, but predates The Naked Gun films by about ten years. The jokes are way fresher.
  • All six episodes were released in 1982, and the sets and quality of the film reflect that, which is a huge plus for me. It's kind of hard to explain, really--it's all about the vibe. If you've seen Charles Bronson's St. Ives, you know what I'm talking about.
  • The actor who plays Nordberg is a lot funnier than O.J. Simpson, who played Nordberg in the Naked Gun film series.
  • The acting is superb. Leslie Nielsen and Alan North nail every line and play the material as if it were Shakespeare. This only adds to the comedic value for me--that they're completely oblivious to the hilarity surrounding them
That there were only six episodes of the Police Squad! series is something of a double-edged sword for me. I wish there were more, but feel the fact that it was so short-lived adds to its specialness. If you like comedy, I highly recommend checking this gem out.
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Chris's own blog, The Louis L'amour Project (link above) contains postings on the western author as well as musings on other aspects of pop culture. I really enjoyed his postings on Jazz and his debate with fellow Jazz fan and blogger, David Cramer provoked me to discover Miles Davies. I owe them both big time for that......

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

GOODBYE 2008, HELLO 2009


Well that's another year over and a new one just about to start - 2009 is starting off in a far more challenging way than 2008 with much of the world in a financial slump - Still the start of a new year is a time for optimism and there's certainly a lot to be hopeful about - perhaps the single most important moment will be when Obama takes over in the White House in January. An historic moment and not just for America but the world.


On a personal level 2008 will always be remembered as the year I achieved a burning ambition and sold my first novel. The year will always be special because of that fact - still 2009 should be even better when the book actually comes out this June.

I spent much of 2008 in the West Country filming Larkrise to Candleford - the shoot went from April - November and stretched through one of the poorest summers in recent years as well as a bitterly cold Autumn. Still the shoot was great fun and the series kicks off proper this Sunday at 8pm on BBC1. The recent Christmas special went down a storm over the festive period with healthy ratings.

Other acting work carried out in 2008 included playing a graveside mourner for the Dr Who Christmas special, a tiny camera wipe in Gavin and Stacey and a walk on as a drunken patient in Casualty. Oh and I was a waiter in the Barbara Cartland biopic. And of course there was the usual Panto in Aberdare for the Christmas period and some stand up in Edinburgh during August - the last panto show is this Sunday and it's been great fun. I think I've found my calling - bouncing around on stage in a vivid lemon dress and huge inflatable boobs.

My essential list of the year

Electric Argument - an awesome album from Paul McCartney as The Fireman
James McGee - my new favourite writer. Author of the Hawkwind adventures
Gran Torino - Dirty Harry is back, sort of
The Dark Knight - really lives up to its hype.
Megan Abbott - for Die a Little which got a UK publication this year and impressed me greatly.
R D Wingfield - who sadly passed away after giving us one more excellent Frost novel
The Louis L'Amour centenary collection - great presentations of this important western authors work
Tell Tale Signs - Bob Dylan is still amazing and this album in the bootleg series is brilliant
How the West was Won - finally on DVD. This is a brilliant classic western
High Noon - Steve Holland edited collection of western comic stories presented in graphic novel format.
Wales winning the Six Nations
Cardiff City for getting to the FA Cup final




And my list of flops

Quantum of Solace - James Bourne lacks style, grace and class.
Little Britain USA - think it's run its course
Reality TV - hate it-no redeeming features whatsoever
Jonathon Ross - overpaid and really not funny
Bonekickers - maybe the worse TV of the year next to the X factor
Gordon Brown - for being on the bland side of boring and trying to turn the UK into a police state. 42 days, my arse. Identity cards, raids on MP's offices, the smoking ban - oh and for saying, 'he'd saved the world.
Political Correctness - censorship under a different guise
Portsmouth for beating Cardiff in the FA Cup final




Ahh well, glass in hand - here's looking forward to the coming year.

OK 2009 - bring it on.


(Photo - The River Severn - taken sometime this summer)

My last ever visit to Woolworths

The shop looked like a battlefield - row upon row of empty shelves, pissed off looking staff knowing that this is their last shift, bargain hunters like vultures squabbling over the last pickings.

It was all rather sad - this is the first time I've been in here since the firm announced it was in trouble and mostly everything had gone. Still I did get three packs of DVD - R's and the Dangerous Book for Boys and had change from a fiver.

And so in tribute to Woolworths the Tainted Archive presents this video


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Monday, 29 December 2008

100 Greatest Westerns


100 Greatest Westerns
Weider History Group
$10.95
£6.25

This is a special collectors magazine from the editors of Wild West Magazine.

It lists their top 100 westerns - a list that is bound to spawn much debate - The Searchers, for instance, is only number 7! A Quigley Down Under is 47!

Each film has an article to go with it as well as side bars containing trivia.

An excellent magazine - I bought two copies. One for storage and the other to be read until it falls apart.



The top 100 in full: (click image to enlarge)


HOW THE WEST WAS WON


HOW THE WEST WAS WON
Warner DVD set
Region 2

I love this film but, as per usual, the Region 2 release comes with much less than the US region 1 issue. With region 1 you get two versions of the film - the super new widescreen version, the original cinerama cut as well as a forty page booklet.

The region 2 version contains the new widescreen cut split across two discs as well as all the supplemental material on a third disc. But no cut of the original three panel Cinerama release.

Cinerama was a short lived process in which the action was shot on three cameras set up parallel to each other, this giving a wider screen area. The trouble was it was an expensive process and only a few cinemas existed that could show it in true cinerama which projected the image onto three curved screens via three seperate projectors. The third disc in this set contains an interesting documentary that looks at the shoot in great detail and contains some excellent behind the scenes shots of the film's legendary stars. In fact How the West Was Won was one of only two movies ever made using this process.

Still the new widescreen cut means that the film has never looked better.

And what a cast list.
John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewert, Debbie Reynolds.Gregory Peck, Karl Malden,Richard Widmark, Elli Wallach, Walter Brennan. Add to that galaxy of stars is Spencer Tracy doing the narration and a list of guest starts that would get top billing in most movies.

The film is split into sections and shows the fortunes of one family from the opening up of the west to the modern day. Indeed the final shot shows an American landscape transformed with miles upon miles of concrete roads with cars tearing across land that once carried wagons and horses. At the time the shot was intended to show how far Americans had come but these days the shot looks rather sad. In the modern age of global warming it shows how much of the landscape has been destroyed in the name of progress.

Each segment of the film has a different director - Henry Hathaway, John Ford and George Marshall with the Mountain Men and Civil War sequences particularly standing out.

The new DVD cut where computers have removed the cinerama effect and created a true widescreen image containing the full screen image is without doubt the best cut of the film available - but it would have been nice to have the original cinerama cut - though with cinerama the three dividing lines were visible (look at the Civil War image above) and from a distance actors faces became unfocused. The other pictures above are from the widescreen cut and from the vista behind James Stewert is is evident how good this cut is.

Some critics have called the film disjointed, the result of so many directors, but all the same it is a truly classic western and at 162 minutes is epic in every sense of the world. I'm glad this film is finally available on DVD and even without the original cinerama version it takes pride of place in my collection.

TRVIA (from IMDB)
Stuntman Bob Morgan was seriously injured, and almost died, while performing a stunt in this picture. Toward the end of the film, there is a gunfight on a moving train between the sheriff and a gang of train robbers. Morgan was one of the stuntmen playing a robber and was crouched next to a pile of logs on a flatcar. The chains holding the logs together snapped, and Morgan was crushed by the falling logs. He was so badly hurt it took him five years to recover to the point where he was able to move by himself and walk unaided.
Goofs:
Plot holes: There is no explanation of why Sheriff Ramsey is fine in one scene and wearing a bandage on his forehead in the next, immediately following. (there was a deleted or unfilmed scene where Zeb knocked Ramsey out when the Sheriff tried to stop him from going after the train robbers).
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator: [as the camera pans over the Rocky Mountains] This land has a name today, and is marked on maps. But, the names and the marks and the maps all had to be won, won from nature and from primitive man.

Below is the original trailer showing the shortcomings of the cinerama process when viewed on a single screen.

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Saturday, 27 December 2008

THE COMPLETE CHRONICLES OF CONAN



The complete chronicles of Conan
Robert E. Howard
Gollancz
(centenary edition)

This was a lovely surprise beneath the tree of Christmas day. A hardcover collection from Gollancz containing all the Conan stories, as well as relevant poetry, essays and an extensive feature on the author and his creation by Stephen Jones.

Conan is one of those characters I both know and don't know - I was introduced to the character in the Marvel Comics when I was a kid, this then led to the novels by other hands continuing the character and of course I've seen both of the movies and several episodes of the TV series. And yet I've read precious little of the original pulp stories by Robert E. Howard.

The author is highly regarded and of course Conan, his most famous character, has stood the test of time. I'm looking forward to discovering these tales, most of them for the first time.


By Crom some serious enjoyment lays ahead.

Friday, 26 December 2008


At 7:30 tonight I shall be on stage, playing one of the ugly sisters. In the grand tradition of panto I have cast aside my rugged he-man look, thrown my Y-Fronts asunder and am rather resplendent in my dress. I'm looking forward to this first show and have even managed during rehearsals to stay in key for a whole verse of , If I Ruled the World.

Ahh well, break a leg.



(Pictured looking every inch as foxy as Madonna)

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Merry Christmas everyone


The Tainted Archive is taking a short break for the Christmas period - I'm tied up in panto for the next week but I should be back posting at the start of 2009. I've loads of posts lined up, a couple of interviews and the next round in the Wild West Monday campaign.

See you then and have a great holiday.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

WILD WEST MONDAY IS HERE



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These days most bookshops don't have a western section and yet the genre is still hugely popular worldwide. So using the power of the interweb we are hoping that western fans worldwide will join together and support Wild West Monday. No matter where you are, what country you are in, you can join in the fun and get hold of some thrilling reading matter to entertain during the long winter nights.

This is how it works - we all visit our local bookshops and ask if they have a western section and if not then why not? Do the same with the local library and request to order a new western book.

And anyone who has stumbled on this blog and want to explore the genre than please visit some of the blogs and websites devoted to the western in the Tainted Archive's sidebar.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD XMAS SPECIAL ON TONIGHT


on BBC1 tonight the Christmas special kicks off the new series that starts in the new year.

I've not got too much to do in this particular episode but it was great fun filming in all the fake snow during the middle of summer.

The cast and crew of Larkrise all worked long hours and I think this series is going to be even better than the successful first series.

This episode promises laughs, thrills, chills and tears - can't be bad for pre-festive viewing.

Enjoy.

Friday, 19 December 2008

FRIDAY'S FORGOTTEN BOOKS - DAWN OF FURY


THE DAWN OF FURY
BY RALPH COMPTON
SIGNET Originally published 1995



Nathan Stone returns to his home after the Civil War only to find the place ransacked and his entire family killed. Only the one time negro slave Malachi remains and he tells Nathan of the men who rode in and killed his father and raped his mother and sister.

This sets Nathan off on a vengeance trail.

This book is a lot larger than the standard western novel, clocking in at almost five hundred pages and, as expected, there are a lot of sub plots running alongside the main thread in order to paint the action and adventure across such a large canvas. Nathan Stone meets up with many real life historical figures in his journey to become the West's ultimate gunfighter and although these sections are nothing to do with the main plot and would work as self contained short stories, they do serve to develop the character of Nathan Stone into the West's most deadly gunfighter.


The plot is very event driven and often seems like a series of climaxes, one after the other, but stacked skilfully. I remained glued to each and every page and enjoyed the story as Nathan came across Jessie James, Judge Bean and John Wesley Hardin.

"Nathan Stone had no illusions about what lay ahead.One who gained a reputation with a fast gun had only one means of escape, and that's when he faced a man with a faster gun. To finish what destiny had started. Nathan rode on towards the killing season."


T
he book does everything a western should - thrills, laughs, horror, romance are all ingredients used in the mix. There are points where it seems that too much is happening and the story could have been tighter if a few thousand words had been edited out but the story holds together well and shows why the Ralph Compton name is so well respected in the western genre. Since the author's death in 1998 the author's legacy has been continued by other writers.



Thursday, 18 December 2008

MONDAY 22ND December 2008 is WILD WEST DAY


Let's make this interweb thingie work for us.


To all readers of the Tainted Archive, we need to join virtual hands to show publishers and booksellers how popular the western genre is. Most major bookshops don't stock westerns these days, least that's the case in the UK.


So what I've got in mind is that this coming Monday everyone goes into their local book shop and asks why there isn't a western section and then request to order a new western. Mention the Black Horse Western books from Robert Hale Publishers and also visit the local library and request a better western section than they currently have.


What other genre can give us so much mystery, romance, danger, suspense?

Bloggers with an interest in westerns please link to this post on your blogs and publicise this event. If demand increased then the publishers will answer - such is the nature of the business.

EAGLE ANNUAL the best of the 1950's


EAGLE ANNUAL 1950'S
£12.99
Orion Books
Edited by Daniel Tatarsky

Firstly I want to make it clear that I don't remember the original Eagle Comic. It's first incarnation ran from 1950 - 1969 when it was merged into Lion.

WIKI quote:

The Eagle was the creation of the Reverend Marcus Morris, then vicar of St James' church,Southport, Lancashire, who intended it as a Christian antidote to what he saw as the bad influence of American comics during the post-war period. He strove to produce high quality, inspirational literature unlike any existing at the time, involving the work of teams of graphic artists such as Frank Hampson and Frank Bellamy - even creating mockups of spaceships to use as reference for Dan Dare. The Eagle and its sister papers Girl, Swift and Robin were designed by renowned typographer Ruari McLean, and were read by millions throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Eagle was one of the most popular comics in British history, selling just under 1 millioncopies per week.


END WIKI quote


This collection co
mes in a great

retro looking boards that have bee produced to look aged and at first glance the book does appear to be a keepsake from the 1950's.



Reading it now is great fun - you can tell a lot about an era from reading its magazines and the 1950's must have been a far more innocent time. Look at the panel here in which Dan Dare fro licks in the bath after a mission. That would be slightly suspect to say the least in today's comics and would get the likes of the Daily Racist (whoops sorry, Daily Mail) in a right spin.

A nice touch with this book is the side panels giving a pocket history of the strip characters. For instance I learned here that Harris Tweed: Extra Special Agent was created by John Ryan who would later go onto create TV's Captain Pugwash. And that world YO-YO champion, Art Pickles recommends the Outspan Whistling Yo-Yo.

The comic wasn't only about strips and as well as text stories it also carried magazine type features that would interest the 1950's comic reading boy. This book contains many of these features such as HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR GOLDFISH, TRAINING YOUR FOX TERRIER, HOW TO BECOME A POSTMAN, JIU-JITSU FOR SELF DEFENCE AND MOST BIZARRE COLLECTING CHEESE LABELS - a hobby known as fromology.

Eagle of course was intended for boys but there was a companion title called Girl for girls and there is an annual collection of that magazine also available in the shops.

These books are excellently put together with a great eye for detail in the presentation and are great buys for anyone interested in the history of comic books...or cheese label collecting.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

THE ESSENTIAL SILVER SURFER VOLUME ONE

The essential Silver Surfer Volume one
Marvel Comics
£9.99

I like the Marvel Essential series - collecting together early strips in the correct order in graphic novel format. I've purchased a number of these books and couldn't resist picking up the adventures of the cosmic sentinel of the spaceways when I saw it looking down at me in my local Borders store.

You know, Heaven's got to be something like Borders. Only with more extensive back lists and better informed staff. And the complete absence of any Katie Price titles. Oh and not to mention a western section as big as Texas.



Nuff said - back to the book in question.

This collects Silver Surfer 1-18, as well as Fantastic Four annual 5. There are no original publication dates given for the stories but the character is copyrighted 1967 and I think these tales would have gone from 1967 - 1970.

The origin story is here and many Marvel characters make guest appearances - The Hulk, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, The Inhumans. The strips are reproduced in grainy black and white but we're used to reading them that way in the UK. In my day all the Marvel UK reprints were in black and white as was usual for most British comics.

The Silver Surfer's stories here come from the fertile imagination of Stan Lee with art from John Buscema and Jack Kirby. The character being an outcast from his home planet of Zenn-la, forced to wander the ever changing galaxy, made for some mind boggling stories which, to my mind, were always more interesting than the standard superhero books.


This is well worth adding to any comic fan's library.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

OFF THE SHELF - BOOK NEWS


Last year, 22 annuals sold more than 50,000 copies in UK sales figures. The Doctor Who and The Beano annuals both cleared 200,000 while The Match annual, Horrid Henry and the Brats managed 100,000. However this year sales of all the above titles are down 20%.

However industry experts say this is down to some new kids on the block rather than the global money downturn. High School Musical, first time in annual format, has already clocked over 200,000 sales in the run up to Christmas.

The best selling UK annuals as of today are in order of highest seller first:

Disney's High School Musical
Doctor Who
The Beano
Top Gear
Ben 10
Hannah Montana
Horrid Henry
In The Night Garden
WWE
Match



The new Government backed pro-reading Campaign, Reading For Life will launch in Spring 2009. It follows on from the successful Year of Reading campaign. Check out details of the campaign at WWW.readingforlife.org.uk.

Friday 19th December will see the publication of The Watchman deluxe edition from Titan Books at £24.99. This hard back printing of the original graphic novel will feature bonus material not seen elsewhere.

The Tales of Beedle The Bard by J. K. Rowling sold 368,000 copies in its first three days. This is far short of the final Harry Potter which did an insane 2.65 million copies in its first 24 hours but an amazing showing all the same. It outsold it's nearest rival, The Guiness Book Of Records by five copies to one.

International top five books fiction:
Australia
1 Cross Country by James Patterson
2 Fishing for Stars by Bryce Courtenay
3 The Islands by Di Morrisey
4 The Private Patient by P d James
5 Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy

US
1 The Shack by William P Young
2 Cross Country by James Patterson
3 The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
4 Divine Justice by David Baldacci
5 The Pagen Stone by Nora Roberts

South Africa
1 13 urr by Deopn Myer
2 The Shack by William P Young
3 Ena Murray Omnibus by Ena Murray
4 Rouge by Danielle Steele
5 Cross Country by James Patterson

UK
  1. .

    The Business Martina Cole

  2. 2 .

    The Gift Cecilia Ahern

  3. 3 .

    Cross Country James Patterson

  4. 4 .

    White Tiger Aravind Adiga

  5. 5 .

    Azincourt Bernard Cornwall








Carrying on a dead author's brand


I'm involved in a debate on one of the forums regarding popular writers works being carried on after their death by other hands. This is not something new but these days the ghost writer is often not mentioned and it's difficult to tell who the actual author is, it can't be the name in big letters on the cover because he's long dead.

What do the Tainted Archive readers think of this practise?


(PICTURE - I took this picture of a Welsh Thistle to try out the Makro settings on my camera. I'm rather pleased with it.)

Monday, 15 December 2008

BEAT THE PULP EZINE


David Cramer's new E-zine Beat The Pulp is now online. The first story comes from Patricia Abbott and is a corker. David plans to publish one new story a week and he's already taken a Jack Martin story, A Man Called Masters to be published in the new year.

A Man Called Masters was written about a year ago and sold to Western Fiction Magazine. The fee was paid me and then unfortunately the magazine went tits up before publication. It's going to be featured in a hardback anthology next Spring but it's publication on Beat The Pulp will be the first time anywhere. In fact it will mark my publication debut under the Jack Martin name.

Check out David's E-zine now.

The Tainted Archive wishes this online magazine a long and successful life.

CLINT SAYS AMERICA HAS GONE SOFT


CLINT EASTWOOD sorely misses his tough youth, insisting America has gone soft since.
The 78-year-old actor claims life was simpler and easier in his upbringing during the depression - when problems were solved using fists rather than a therapist's couch.
Eastwood tells the January (09) edition of Esquire magazine, "Everyone's become used to saying, 'Well, how do we handle it psychologically?'
"In those days you punched the bully back and duked it out. People were tougher then.
"I was a shy kid. But a lot of my childhood was spent punching the bullies out."



And the UK's the same Clint.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

GUNSMOKE ANNUAL (Year unknown)


Braving a cold December morn, the coldest we've had since 1978 according to the newspapers, I take to the mean streets of Cardiff. I'm on a quest, a mission and I'm focused on the task at hand.

N0 shopper laden down with bags and an umbrella that comes perilously close to my eyes will deter me, no loud short guy with bad teeth, a burgar stained sweat shirt and a stall of cut priced Xmas sweets will slow me, no bad tempered traffic warden who insists I park half a mile away can cut short my vital duties.

And so I enter the battleground that is the pre-Christmas boot sale. My mission - quite simply to rummage around the stalls of second hand books, DVD's and 'objects de crap'.


This old annual was quite a find, particularly because I collect anything western related.


There's no date anywhere on the book but I'm guessing that it came out sometime around the early sixties.


The book features nine text stories and two comic strips - unusually for this period both the artist and writer is credited.

John Challis - stories
Dennis Mcloughlin - artwork

The book is in great condition and I got it for one pound.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

WRITING NEWS

The Yeovil literary prize, now in its fifth year, is offering £3000 in prizes for short stories,novels and poems - check out www.yeovilprize.com for details

Bauer Publishing have fallen foul of the NUJ over their new contract for writers which means that writers are signing all copyright of their material to the publishing house. The NUJ have slammed the contracts and are planning to challenge them in court.

Censorship rears its ugly head - Poet Patrick Jones was due to do a reading at Waterstones, Cardiff however when his poetry was called blasphemous by Christain Voice (the group that made such a fuss about Jerry Springer the musical) the store cancelled the event.

Tesco's, the supermarket giant, have for the first time seen their non food sales trump food sales. Their heavily discounted book section is doing particularly well and a spokesman said, "We intend to extend our book selection even further in the new year."

LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD XMAS SPECIAL

The Larkrise Christmas special is on BBC1 ON 21ST December. And the new series proper will start early in January.











Pictured Myself and fellow resident Simon, in our night shirts.

Friday, 12 December 2008

FRIDAY'S FORGOTTEN BOOKS


JOURNEY OF THE MOUNTAIN MAN
WILLIAM W. JOHNSTONE
1989 Pinnacle books

This is the first in the mountain man series that I have read. This is book six and the series has also been continued by other hands since the author's death in 2004.

The series currently runs to thirty plus books, with the original author responsible for most of the titles. I'm not sure exactly how many but someone can give this information in the comments section.

I must confess that I found the writing style rather bereft of emotion at times and one or two of the characters seemed to be less than real. Still the story is very fast paced, perhaps a little too fast, and overall it is an enjoyable read.

However this series has a massive reputation and if this book is representative of the entire series then I feel disappointed. A problem for me was the slim characterisation and the way events conveniently happened to carry the plot from point to point.

Still the series is still popular with a lot of readers so what do I know?

The complete list of Mountain Man titles courtesy of Fantastic Fictions follows:

1. The Last Mountain Man (1984)
2. Return of the Mountain Man (1986)
3. Trail of the Mountain Man (1987)
4. Revenge of the Mountain Man (1988)
5. Law of the Mountain Man (1989)
6. Journey of the Mountain Man (1988)
7. War of the Mountain Man (1990)
8. Code of the Mountain Man (1991)
9. Pursuit of the Mountain Man (1991)
10. Courage of the Mountain Man (1995)
11. Blood of the Mountain Man (1996)
12. Fury of the Mountain Man (1993)
13. Rage of the Mountain Man (1994)
14. Cunning of the Mountain Man (1994)
15. Power of the Mountain Man (1995)
16. Spirit of the Mountain Man (1996)
17. Ordeal of the Mountain Man (1996)
18. Triumph of the Mountain Man (1997)
19. Vengeance of the Mountain Man (1997)
20. Honor of the Mountain Man (1998)
21. Battle of the Mountain Man (1998)
22. Pride of the Mountain Man (1998)
23. Creed of the Mountain Man (1999)
24. Guns of the Mountain Man (1999)
25. Heart of the Mountain Man (2000)
26. Justice of the Mountain Man (2000)
27. Valor of the Mountain Man (2001)
28. Warpath of the Mountain Man (2002)
29. Quest of the Mountain Man (2003)
30. Trek of the Mountain Man (2002)
31. Ambush of the Mountain Man (2003)
32. Wrath of the Mountain Man (2004)
33. Destiny of the Mountain Man (2005) (with Fred Austin)
34. Betrayal of the Mountain Man (2006) (with J A Johnstone)
35. Rampage of the Mountain Man (2007) (with J A Johnstone)
36. Violence of the Mountain Man (2008) (with J A Johnstone)
The Last Mountain ManReturn of the Mountain ManTrail of the Mountain ManRevenge of the Mountain Man
Law of the Mountain ManJourney of the Mountain ManWar of the Mountain ManCode of the Mountain Man
Pursuit of the Mountain ManCourage of the Mountain ManBlood of the Mountain ManFury of the Mountain Man
Rage of the Mountain ManCunning of the Mountain ManPower of the Mountain ManSpirit of the Mountain Man
Ordeal of the Mountain ManTriumph of the Mountain ManVengeance of the Mountain ManHonor of the Mountain Man
Battle of the Mountain ManPride of the Mountain ManCreed of the Mountain ManGuns of the Mountain Man
Heart of the Mountain ManJustice of the Mountain ManValor of the Mountain ManWarpath of the Mountain Man
Quest of the Mountain ManTrek of the Mountain ManAmbush of the Mountain ManWrath of the Mountain Man
Destiny of the Mountain ManBetrayal of the Mountain ManRampage of the Mountain ManViolence of the Mountain Man