The Western novels of I J Parnham
Parnham, known by the pen name of I.J. Parnham, is a writer from
Nottingham, England who is known for his literary works in the
Western world of gunslingers and cowboys. He has written five novels
for the Avalon Western series and a total of 18 novels for the Black
Horse Western series. The cowboys in his works are known to consume
lots of porridge, be adept at caber-tossing, a traditional Scottish
athletic event that involves the tossing of large wooden poles, and
frequently shout out the word "Freedom".
The newest title, "Sharpshooter McClure", reached number two on
Amazon's Best Seller list in the Western Fiction category at the
beginning of April 2010. It is a story of deputy sheriff Mike
McClure who, after only being on the job for one week, is enlisted
by a US Marshal to go undercover to stop the hired guns who are
harassing the town of Harmony.
Other recent titles include "The Treasure Of Saint Woody" and an
exciting Western tale known as "Riders Of The Barren Plains". Cowboy
Jeff Steed is the main character in this novel in which he arrives
in town innocently looking for work and then goes to the bank only
to get caught up in the middle of a bank robbery that somehow ends
up with both the Sheriff and bank robber trying to hunt him down.
More fascinating I.J. Parnham stories include "Massacre At Bluff
Point", "Railroad To Redemption", and the intriguing tale of
"Calloway's Crossing". In this unique adventure the main character,
known as Trip Kincaid, was given a saloon at Calloway's Crossing by
the man whose life he had saved. Unfortunately, the saloon was
actually nothing more than a pool of mud, but not to be deterred
Kincaid built the saloon himself. He was soon visited by the local
protection gang and would have to enlist the help of an unknown
gunslinger in order beat them. Of course, the gunslinger would want
something in return, which would leave Kincaid fighting for his
life, as well as the well being of his beloved barmaid.
can pretty much tell by the names of Parnham's novels that his
stories embody the good guy versus bad guy motif with some kind of
twist thrown in along the way. This is evidenced by taking a look at
other titles penned by this author such as "Bad Moon Over Devil's
Ridge", "The Gallows Gang", and "The Legend Of Shamus McGinty's
Gold". The basics of the Shamus McGinty tale is a posse of unruly
gunslingers who are told if they can find a remedy to cure a dying
Morgan Armstrong, he will give them the location of McGinty's gold.
This may be one of Parham's best works, as it has been touted as
those who have read it to be an excellent story to read even for
those who don't particularly enjoy the Western fiction genre.
More I.J. Parnham novels include "The Finest Frontier Town In The
West", "Miss Dempsey's School For Gunslingers", "Devine's Law", "The
Ten Percent Gang", and "Calhoun's Bounty". Bounty is a story with an
interesting twist, as in this tale a bounty hunter named Denver
Calhoun, who makes his living hunting down others, now becomes the
hunted due to circumstances brought on by a group known as the Flynn
While it would be impossible to get through all of his novels in one
article, you can see why Parnham has made a name for himself in the
world of Western fiction literature. With stories that are both
intriguing and exciting, many fans must be sitting on the edge of
their seats waiting for his next electrifying novel to be released.
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