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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 Award; Western 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 Rising, Ranger’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, Texas Standoff.

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.