W. C. Tuttle

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W. C. Tuttle
Born (1883-11-11)November 11, 1883
Montana Territory[1] USA
Died June 6, 1969(1969-06-06) (aged 85)
Los Angeles County, California USA
Years active 1915-1945

W. C. Tuttle (November 11, 1883 – June 6, 1969) was an American writer who sold more than 1000 magazine stories and dozens of novels, almost all of which were westerns.Tuttle wrote mainly for pulp magazines; his main market was Adventure magazine. In a 1930 poll of its readers, Tuttle was voted the most popular writer in the magazine.[2] Tuttle also wrote for other publications such as Argosy, Short Stories, Street & Smith’s Western Story Magazine, Field & Stream, West, New Western Magazine and Exciting Western.[3][4] His best known character was Hashknife Hartley, who along with his friend Sleepy Stevens, served as unofficial detectives solving crimes on the ranches where they worked as cowboys. Critic Jeff Sadler stated Tuttle's writing is "at its best" in the Hashknife stories.[5] Sadler also claims Tuttle's novel Vanishing Brands is his finest novel.."terse and dramatic, flecked with dry touches of wit, the novel is an excellent example of the Western form and a credit to its author".[5]

He was also a screenwriter of the silent era. He wrote for 52 films between 1915 and 1945.

A semi-pro baseball player in his youth, Tuttle served as President of the Pacific Coast Baseball League 1935-1943.[1]

He was born in Montana and died in Los Angeles County, California.

Bibliography[edit]

"Hashknife" Novels

  • Hashknife of the Double Bar 8 (1920)
  • Thicker Than Water (1927)
  • The Morgan Trail (1928)
  • The Valley of Twisted Trails (1931)
  • The Silver Bar Mystery (1933)
  • Rifled Gold (1934)
  • The Medicine-man (1939)
  • The Valley of Vanishing Herds (1942)
  • The Tin God of Twisted River (1945)
  • The Trouble Trailer (1946)
  • Shotgun Gold (1950)
  • The Shadow Shooter (1955)
  • Passengers for Painted Rock (1962)
  • Double-crossers of Ghost Tree (1965)
  • The Payroll of Fate (1966)
  • Medicine Maker (1967)
  • Vanishing Brands (1977)
  • Red trail of a forty-one (1978)

Other Novels

  • Sontag of Sundown (1929)
  • The Keeper of Red Horse Pass (1930)
  • Mystery At the JHC Ranch (1932)
  • Singing River (1934)
  • The Flood of Fate (1935)
  • Salt for the Tiger (1952)
  • Renegade Sheriff (1953)
  • Mission River Justice (1955)
  • Thunderbird Range (1955)
  • The Shame of Arizona (1957)
  • The King of Dancing Valley (1958)
  • Danger Trail (1958)
  • The Trail to Kingdom Come (1960)
  • Gold at K-BAR-T (1961)
  • Galloping Gold (1961)
  • Wolf Creek Valley (1963)
  • Double Trouble (1964)
  • Arizona Drifters (1964)
  • Road to the Moon (1965)
  • Stockade (1965)
  • Buckshot Range (1966)
  • The Lone Wolf (1967)
  • West of Aztec Pass (1972)
  • Greenhorn Trail (1976)
  • King of Blue Grass Valley (1977))
  • The Trail of Deceit (1985)

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Montana Man, Avalon 1966(Avalon 1966)
  2. ^ The top five writers in the Adventure poll were (in order) Tuttle, Arthur O. Friel, Harold Lamb, Talbot Mundy, and H. Bedford-Jones. "Adventure's Most Popular Writers", in Blood N' Thunder Magazine Summer 2010, ISBN 0-9795955-7-6 (p.57).
  3. ^ "Tuttle, W. C." in Lee Server, Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers. ISBN 0-8160-4577-1, (p. 259).
  4. ^ Partial Bibliography of Tuttle's Work at FictionMags Index.
  5. ^ a b Jeff Sadler, "Tuttle, W(ilbur) C(oleman)" in Twentieth Century Western Writers, edited by Geoff Sadler. Chicago and London, St. James Press, 1991, ISBN 0-912289-98-8, (pp. 689-694)

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