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Angus said,”They may have taken his trouser snake
addendum, but they cannae take his freedom.”
When a Buck dies, does
weep, and readers get misty-
eyed, sad and woeful.
Many folks have figured out my last episode was the
end of my novel, Rod Buck went out in a blue blaze
I set out in 1967, to write an existential Western that
had poetic prose, graphic violence, sex, and
language. I think I succeeded. In 1974, after
graduating from my Actor’s Conservatory, I attempted
to find out if the novel was publishable. I was told by
representatives of the Western Writers of America
that it was way too off-beat and unconventional, that
I bent or broke almost every rule in the standard
Western format. One letter stated: You have created
something else beyond a Western. It is as if Norman
Mailer or Kurt Vonnegut wrote a Western. Your
biggest sin was the death of your hero.
I took this as a left-handed compliment. I shrugged
and shelved the manuscript for 40 years. It turns
out that my style was more like an early version of
Cormac McCarthy. It’s not that a Western protagonist
had not perished ever before. Paul Newman died in
both HOMBRE and BUTCH CASSIDY. Alan Ladd was
mortally wounded at the end of SHANE. John Wayne
died in THE SHOOTIST. Gregory Peck died in BILLY
TWO HATS. Kirk Douglas died in LONELY ARE THE
Thanks to d’Verse encouragement, and the success of
my 12 episode crime story, LOVE HURTS, I dusted off
BLACKTHORNE, and rewrote it as a Cinemagenic saga,
a “Movie of the Mind”.
At this point,. I realize that I have gained new respect
for Buck. He has emerged as bigger and more
interesting than I had originally conceived. It seems
now he has more depth, more honor and more
compassion than the character I started with. Some
of you were emotionally moved by him, and are sad
to let him go.
So I am happy to announce that there will be several
more episodes appearing in Open Link Night. I
sincerely hope that you all enjoy the rest of the story.
When an Eagle dies,
everyone wants a wing feather;
beauty and honor.
Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub OLN