Thursday, January 5, 2012

Western Legend by James Allder

Written in a literary style known as “false document,” Western Legend tells of an amazing chance encounter in the autumn of 1899 — and the pulp-style high adventures that result from it.

On a bustling Sunday morning, four notorious men have arrived separately in the crowded metropolis of Nacogdoches, Texas.  Former outlaw Frank James, lawman Virgil Earp, his brother and confidence artist James Earp, and the cattleman’s assassin, Tom Horn.  Recognized instantly, the men ease discord among the populace by seeking respite in a local saloon — and unexpectedly find themselves entertaining adventurous children with two-fisted tales of the West.

Spiriting an honest, forthright effort to convince these impressionable young boys that being notorious isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, the men identify the truth behind “that fancy printed fiction” regarding their legendary exploits, and play down the controversy generally associated with their person.

But as the day wears on, and these western legends learn that a full company of sadistic cattle thieves is terrorizing local citizens, each man wastes no time in volunteering his services to the community.  And the subsequent actions of each prove much of “that fancy fiction,” to be true.

Author Bio
: A native of East Texas, James Allder began screenwriting in 1985, while still in high school. He has since had a handful of projects go into development in Hollywood.  His first novel, Western Legend, is a hybrid of historical fiction and an 80′s action thriller, with Michael Crichton being a discernible influence. Being a big movie buff, Jim sought to choose a distinctive genre for his initial outing as a novelist. And after much contemplation, he chose an original screenplay of his own which had flirted with development as a major motion picture. Four drafts and endless hours of research later, he completed his thrilling tale. Currently, he is working on two projects; one of which being a follow-up to Western Legend. Jim splits his time between California and Texas, and can be reached at

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jrlindermuth said...

Good job, James.

James Allder said...

Thanks, John. Tell your friends ... tell their friends LOL