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For better or worse, the 'Western' (books and movies) started falling out vogue in the late 70's. Of course it wasn't a complete collapse, but it's not what it used to be. The Western reigned from the late 1800's through the mid-70's. Perhaps because it was so popular with the masses, Westerns garnered little respect among its peers. Only 3 won the best picture award and 2 of those were from the 1990's (Dances With Wolves and Unforgiven) after the Western fervor had ended. Even the Western artist, Federic Remington, was dismissed by the art world as low talent; however, he did gain some respect when he began his bronze sculptures. He was also one of the most successful artists of his day. What hasn't went out of style is Christmas, and you've shown your own fondness for the day through your short stories. Perhaps you can write a ghost story (or zombie story) with a Christmas theme. An Englishman did this in 1843, and the book has never went out of print. You might even consider a 'Christmas Carol. In Prose with Gremlins'.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2019 on Man of the West at Steve's Web Place
I think 'The Man who Shot Liberty Valance' should be somewhere in the top 10. 'The Ox-Bow Incident' is also a classic. I agree with you about 'Blazing Saddles'. It's a tad corny, and I never did care for the ending. Will your potential new western book be humorous in nature?
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2019 on Man of the West at Steve's Web Place
Finally finished reading your 'Double A' book yesterday. Another great read. I haven't did my Amazon review yet, but I plan to. I noticed that someone gave it the infamous 1 star, so I had to see what else the man had reviewed. He gave a crossword-puzzle book 5 stars and noted that it had spiral binding. Maybe that's the problem: you didn't use spiral binding....... Thanks for remembering your fans.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2019 on The Man from A.S.S. at Steve's Web Place
Wow, 50 years old. Happy Birthday. Of course, you do realize that 50 is the magic age where some doctor gets to shine a light where the sun don't shine. I had my first colonoscopy at 47, and it may have saved my life.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2018 on Old Yeller at Steve's Web Place
Actually, one daughter gave me Fury from the Tomb and another gave me The Fat Man, so now I have Halloween and Christmas covered. Cheers
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2018 on More Talk, Less Hock: SA Sidor at Steve's Web Place
I told my daughter about it, and she ordered it for me for Father's Day. Much obliged.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2018 on More Talk, Less Hock: SA Sidor at Steve's Web Place
Ordered it from Amazon. Will probably save it to read at Halloween this year. I still need a Christmas book. Any suggestions? Yes, I've read 'Naughty'
Toggle Commented May 20, 2018 on More Talk, Less Hock: SA Sidor at Steve's Web Place
But Steve...we like snarky!
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2018 on Idea Man at Steve's Web Place
Will we place our orders through you or through Amazon. I'm somewhat antiquated; I prefer paper to ebooks. I stare into a computer screen for most of the work day, and I don't won't to stare into one to read a book. Oh, and by the way, Great!
Steve, take your time. The world can wait. It appears we all have TBR shelves to get us through the wait. In fact, mine has your book 'Blarney'. Sometimes I save a book or three to help me recover in case I've read someone's not-so-great book. When I start a book, I generally push on until I finish it. And since I've never been disappointed by a Hockensmith original, your book is on standby. I also have a Grisham and a Cussler on standby. To me, pleasure reading should not be rushed. You know it's a good book when you feel like you've witnessed the tale, not read it.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2018 on The Tower of Babble at Steve's Web Place
Hi Steve. Two points: (1) You should have warned us about the Amazon link. My faith in humanity has been shaken. (2) Isn't the Illuminati an Italian power company?
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2017 on Novel Advice at Steve's Web Place
Good point Steve. I don't watch movies or TV to be slapped by reality or depressed by idiots. I get my reality slaps from the news and that's one reason I need to escape into something not depressing. And by the way, my copy of 'Give the Devil His Due' arrived today. I hope this one doesn't end with a cliffhanger.
Have you ever considered selling autographed copies through your webpage?
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2017 on Sell Block at Steve's Web Place
Rats, I think I may be too late for this soiree, but what the hey... The Rancher - Jack Crabb (yes, I read Little Big Man) The A-man - Rusty Spike (why not) The Scumbags - Jim & Sam (easy for readers to remember) The Merchant - Cash Diablo (aren't they all) The Marshall - Rufus T. Firefly (yes, I watch the Marx bros.) The Deputy - Cleatus (we need more Cleatuses) The Matriarch - Polly Allday (wolly doodle) The Hothead - Hub The Other - Josh The Youngun - Caleb The Daughter - Nicolette (has a ring to it) Ren 1 -Horse Ren 2 -Jumping Frog Ren 3 -Running Duck Dude - Frank Baster Saloon Keep - Hans Munson (it's a long story...) Clone - B.S.Steelman
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2017 on The Name Game at Steve's Web Place
Let's hear it for the multitaskers, and I'm glad you've recaptured your desire to write. You are a credit to your genre, and if you keep listening to big band/swing music, you might be inspired to explore the noir regions of mystery.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on Fail Safe at Steve's Web Place
So, did you quit the 9-to-5 job?
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2016 on Fail Safe at Steve's Web Place
Comics? Really? I figured you would be a Mad Magazine fan.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2016 on Man of Feels at Steve's Web Place
'Cadaver In Chief 2 - The Second Term' Yes, I would buy that. Books like yours help us to escape the horrors currently haunting our televisions: Brain-dead politicians; Celebrity sisters oozing silicone; Possessed radicals painting landscapes with blood. Scary stuff! One question for you. If Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the movie) is a major hit, have they optioned the prequel or sequel?
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2016 on Ballot Pox at Steve's Web Place
You missed one. Cowboys didn't usually wear cowboy hats. So, can I look forward to a new 'Holmes on the Range' novel or short story?
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
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