by Ben Boulden
Kjelgaard (pronounced kel-guard) is best remembered for his young adult
adventures featuring dogs, young boys, and always set in the outdoors. A few of
his best-known books are Big Red (1945), Irish Red (1951), Outlaw
Red (1953), and Stormy (1959). But Kjelgaard was also a regular
contributor to pulp and slick magazines in the 1940s and 1950s, including Black
Mask, Argosy, Western Story, Weird Tales – it’s
reported he and Robert Bloch cowrote “The Man Who Told the Truth,” but the
byline in the magazine identifies only Kjelgaard – Short Stories, Collier’s,
Saturday Evening Post and many others. He had a particularly good
relationship with Adventure where (by my count) 36 of his stories
appeared between 1942 and 1963.
Of those, 16 chronicled the exploits of a Native American poacher, Charley Hoe Handle, outwitting a game warden named Horse Jenkins....