#104 Andrew McBride

Andrew McBride, Western Author, is displayed holding a rifle stylzed as an oil painting set in a western town.

  Andrew McBride fell in love with westerns after watching western movies, particularly those starring John Wayne and/or directed by John Ford, TV shows like The High Chaparral and reading novels such as A.B. Guthrie’s The Big Sky, John Prebble’s The Buffalo Soldiers, Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man, and Elmore Leonard’s Hombre. He’s had five …

Out West

The remnants of the fort are five or six black ashy posts sticking stubbornly out of the rocky snow-covered ground. Twenty of the dead face the setting sun. They sit a cook fire. Staring mindlessly into the leaping flames, something bubbles. It doesn’t smell good. Nearby, meat rots. Gerald climbs the small rise, loose stones …

Deadwood

It smells like melting tar and burning wood, unwashed men, rotting teeth and freshly turned dirt, old whiskey, sick, piss and shit. Its pungent and raw. The road here was so empty and peaceful, but with the hush of hidden death hiding just below the green leafy canopy of forest and hills. Now death is …