Among the most popular of pulp fiction’s genres, the western offered L. Ron Hubbard a made-to-order literary platform. Few, if any, of his contemporaries, could invoke the natural authenticity of a Hubbard western because, to him, the western frontier was home.
The fact that the Arizona Territory became the 48th state in the Union is common knowledge. Less known though is the story of the men who made this possible.
From the beginning of time people have told tales of folklore, legend, myth and superstition. Such tales of the supernatural in a western setting did not escape cowboys of the Old West, and authors of Wild West novels and novelettes.
Although he is best known as a science fiction author from the golden age of pulp fiction, L. Ron Hubbard was a master of all genres. During his extraordinary career, he published not only science fiction but fantasy, air-adventure, detective thrillers, crime suspense stories, far-flung tales of adventure, sea stories, mysteries, tales of the Orient and westerns.
I was reading the website, Find Me An Author/Western Fiction, and found this: “It has become apparent that the Western enjoyed its Golden Age in the 1930s and 1940s …” So, wanting to read the best Western I could, I went in search of a 1930’s Western Romance Hero.
Whether your flair for romance reading lies in Historical or Regency brands, or perhaps the previously popular Gothic or True Confession story, or today’s more popular Romantic Suspense, I had pretty much always assumed these were female writers….
Over 500 cowboys and cowgirls gathered at the Pinnacle Peak to enjoy performances by Jesse Colter, Jerry Riopelle and the live performance of the L. Ron Hubbard wild west story, “Reign of the Gila Monster,” starring Marty Kove (Karate Kid), Paul Pape (Saturday Night Fever), Lee De Broux, Jesse Kove, Rob Word, Rex Hardin and Buck Montgomery.