Monday, August 20, 2007

Saddlebums Goes Live

I have some exciting news—I know, I’m a nerd, but it really is exciting. I’m part of a new blog called Saddlebums that is dedicated to the western genre in all its forms: traditional, contemporary, films, novels, or anything else western. In a phrase, if it’s western, we’re interested in talking about it at Saddlebums.

Why do I announce this right now? Well, today is the grand opening, and we have something pretty darn cool waiting for you. Somehow, someway, Gonzalo—my overworked and under-appreciated partner at Saddlebums procured an interview with the legendary author of several of the better westerns written in the 1970s.

The author: Brian Garfield, and he has some interesting things to say about his experiences with Hollywood—he is the author of Death Wish, and Death Sentence, which has been made into a film starring Kevin Bacon and will be released at the end of August. He also shares his insights into the world of his fiction, the western genre and a slew of other things. This is an interview that should be of interest to everyone.

We also have several more interviews in the can: Ed Gorman, Robert J. Randisi, James Reasoner, Johnny D. Boggs and several more that are just as exciting. We have a few reviews written and ready to go live. To give you a taste I reviewed Ed Gorman’s latest Cavalry Man novel and loved it. Surprised? You shouldn’t be because Ed Gorman is one of the most reliable writers working today.

Our goal is to update the site at least once a week, but we really would like to post several new pieces each week—this is where everyone who loves, or even just likes, the western comes in. We don’t want to hog the discussion, but rather facilitate it. If you have something you want to say, Saddlebums welcomes your comment. Whether you simply want to comment on an article, interview, or if you have more on your mind, we are more than happy to accept thoughtful guest bloggers.

Go over and take a look and let us know what you think. The address is: Or you can click Here.


Anonymous said...

Ben, I've enjoyed your blog for a long time and am excited about your new blog- Saddlebums. I took a look at that earlier and it really looks great so far. Thanks for taking the time to always put up such fun and interesting posts!

Ben Boulden said...

Wow. Thanks. I need a little pep talk every so often even though I enjoy the blog--otherwise I wouldn't do it--and it's nice to know there is someone out there paying attention.