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Elmer Kelton Bibliography

A basic bibliography of books by ELMER KELTON (this bibliography does not include the many books Kelton wrote forewords, introductions, or made other contributions to.) Scroll to the bottom of this page for additional notes.

NOVELS
1956  *HOT IRON   
1956  *BUFFALO WAGONS  [Spur Award]  
1957  *BARBED WIRE   
1959  *SHADOW OF A STAR   
1960  *TEXAS RIFLES   
1961  *DONOVAN   
1962  *BITTER TRAIL  
1963  *HORSEHEAD CROSSING   
1965  *MASSACRE AT GOLIAD 
1966  *LLANO RIVER   
1967 AFTER THE BUGLES 
1969  *CAPTAIN’S RANGERS   
1969  *SHOTGUN SETTLEMENT (as Alex Hawk) 
1969  *HANGING JUDGE
1971  *BOWIE’S MINE 
1971  DAY THE COWBOYS QUIT [Spur Award ]
1972   *WAGONTONGUE   
1973  TIME IT NEVER RAINED, THE  [Spur AwardWestern Heritage Award]
1974  *MANHUNTERS        
1975  JOE PEPPER (as Lee McElroy) 
1976  LONG WAY TO TEXAS (as Lee McElroy) 
1978  GOOD OLD BOYS, THE [Western Heritage Award 
          filmed for TNT Television
1980  WOLF AND THE BUFFALO, THE   
1981  EYES OF THE HAWK (as Lee McElroy) [Spur Award]   
1984  STAND PROUD  
1985  DARK THICKET   
1987  MAN WHO RODE MIDNIGHT, THE [Western Heritage 
          Award]  
1989  *SONS OF TEXAS Book I  (writing as Tom Early)          
1989  *SONS OF TEXAS: The Raiders  (as Tom Early)
1990  *SONS OF TEXAS: The Rebels    (as Tom Early)  
1991  HONOR AT DAYBREAK   
1992  SLAUGHTER [Spur Award]
1994  FAR CANYON  (sequel to SLAUGHTER)  [Spur Award]  
1996  PUMPKIN ROLLERS, THE    
1997  CLOUDY IN THE WEST   
1998  SMILING COUNTRY seq. to GOOD OLD   
          BOYS  
1999  BUCKSKIN LINE, THE  
2001  BADGER BOY  
2001  WAY OF THE COYOTE [Spur Award]
2002  RANGER’S TRAIL 
2004  TEXAS VENDETTA   
2004  JERICHO’S ROAD  
2005  SIX BITS A DAY (prequel to GOOD OLD BOYS)              
2008  HARD TRAIL TO FOLLOW
2008  MANY A RIVER  
2009  OTHER MEN’S HORSES  
2010  TEXAS STANDOFF due October 2010 
(*These first editions were paperback originals.  All others were first published in hardback.)

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
1986  *BIG BRAND, THE   
1986  THERE’S ALWAYS ANOTHER CHANCE 

NONFICTION TITLES: 
1972 LOOKING BACK WEST
1981 FRANK C. McCARTHY: THE OLD WEST
1986 PERMIAN: A Continuing Saga                
1992 ART OF FRANK C. McCARTHY  
1992 ART OF HOWARD TERPNING  [WHA
1992 LIVING AND WRITING IN WEST TEXAS
1993 ART OF JAMES BAMA           
1993 ELMER KELTON COUNTRY
1993 INDIAN IN FRONTIER NEWS, THE  
1995 MY KIND OF HEROES
1995 TEXAS
1999 TEXAS CATTLE BARONS
2003 CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH
2007 SANDHILLS BOY: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

 

Additional notes:
Lone Star RisingRanger’s Law, Texas Sunrise, Texas Showdown, and Brush Country are not included in this checklist because they are omnibus reprints of Kelton’s earlier novels. Shotgun (2009) is a reprint of Shotgun Settlement(1969) originally published under the “house name” Alex Hawk.  Pecos Crossing (2008) is a reprint of Horsehead Crossing (1963).

The first editions of Hot Iron and Buffalo Wagons were simultaneously published in cloth. These limited hardback bindings were primarily for distribution to libraries and are quite scarce today.

Kelton wrote only the first three in the SONS OF TEXAS series under the publisher’s “house” name of Tom Early. (Book 4 was by Frank Roderus; Book 5, Will C. Knott; Book 6, James Reasoner.)

The nine books in Kelton’s Texas Ranger Series were published in this order: Buckskin Line, Badger Boy, Way of the Coyote, Ranger’s Trail, Texas Vendetta, Jericho’s Road, Hard Trail To Follow, Other Men’s Horses, TexasStandoff.

PSEUDONYMS of Elmer Kelton:
Kelton wrote three books under the pseudonym Lee McElroy: Joe Pepper, Long Way to Texas, and Eyes of the Hawk. Kelton wrote under two publisher’s “house names”: 3 books as “Tom Early;” and one book as “Alex Hawk.” He also wrote one short story, “Yellow Devil,” published in Ranch Romances under the “house name” Joe Stevens.