Todhunter Ballard

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Willis Todhunter Ballard (December 13, 1903 – December 27, 1980) was a Cleveland, Ohio-born American author, known for his Westerns and mystery novels.

Pseudonyms[edit]

Ballard was a prolific pulp writer, most notably for the legendary mystery magazine Black Mask under the name W. T. Ballard. He also authored several mystery and crime novels under that name. Ballard wrote western novels as Todhunter Ballard and the following pseudonyms: Jack Slade, Hunter D'Allard, Clay Turner, John Hunter, Sam Bowie, Parker Bonner, Brian Fox, and Clint Reno. He wrote numerous teleplays for shows such as Death Valley Days and Shannon.[1]

Personal[edit]

Ballard attended schools in Cleveland and Westtown, Pennsylvania. In 1926 he graduated from Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio. He was married to Phoebe Dwiggins, daughter of Clare Victor Dwiggins, the popular American cartoonist known as "Dwig."

Work[edit]

Ballard wrote thousands of magazines stories and over fifty television scripts.[2] Almost all of these stories were in the mystery or western genre. Ballard died on December 27, 1980 in Mount Dora, Florida.

Partial bibliography[edit]

Mysteries/Crime

  • Say Yes to Murder (1942)
  • Murder Can't Stop (1947)
  • Murder in Hollywood (1951)
  • Walk in Fear (1952)
  • Chance Elson (1958)
  • Murder Las Vegas Style (1958)
  • Fury in the Heart (1959)
  • Pretty Miss Murder (1961)
  • The Seven Sisters (1962)
  • Mexican Slay Ride (1962)
  • Three for the Money (1963)

Westerns

  • Two-Edged Vengeance (1951) aka The Circle C Feud (1952)
  • West of quarantine (1953)
  • High Iron (1953)
  • Oulaw Brand (1954) as Parker Bonner
  • Trigger Trail (1955)
  • Guns of the Lawless (1956)
  • Trail Town Marshall (1957)
  • The Marshall from Deadwood (1958) as John Hunter
  • Trouble on the Massacre (1959)
  • The Night Riders (1961)
  • The Long Sword (1962) as Hunter D'Allard
  • Gopher gold (1962)
  • Desperation Valley (1964)
  • Gold in California! (1965)
  • Lassiter (1968) as Jack Slade
  • The Wild Bunch (1969) as Brian Fox
  • Chisum (1970) as Sam Bowie
  • The Californian (1971)
  • Nowhere Left to Run (1972)
  • Loco and the Wolf (1973)
  • Home to Texas (1974)
  • Sierra Massacre (1974) as Clint Reno
  • Trails of Rage (1975)
  • The Sheriff of Tombstone (1977)
  • Lost gold : a western duo
  • A western bonanza; eight short novels of the West (1969)

Awards[edit]

  • Spur Award, 1965 for ‘’Gold in California!’’.

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