Gent – Bear Creek — A collection of Western short stories by Robert E. Howard.
A Gent from Bear Creek is a collection of Western short stories by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1937 by Herbert Jenkins. The first United States edition was published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in 1966. The stories continue on from each other, like chapters in a book.
The stories are humorously written as if told by Breckinridge Elkins, a hillbilly with no schooling. He and his kin live in the Humboldts in Nevada. Elkins is six feet six inches tall, is as strong as a grizzly bear. He can be just as bad tempered if riled. And there is a lot to rile him, especially his relatives. No one actually dies. But broken: limbs are, jaws, skulls, and ribs. Even buildings do not always survive such an attack. He picks up many injuries himself. Head bashed with numerous objects, having his ear chewed, scratched up by a mountain lion he then threw into a room full of feuding men. Such are just minor nuisances to him.
He previously rode an old mule called Alexander. The only animal that could carry him till he came across Cap’n Kidd, his equine equivalent, and tamed him. Elkins is the only man tough enough to ride the giant, pugnacious horse. Glory McGraw (a local girl) is his sometimes love interest but he is often too dumb to see it.
I. Striped Shirts And Busted Hearts
II. Mountain Man
III. Meet Cap’n Kidd
IV. Guns Of The Mountains
V. A Gent From Bear Creek
VI. The Feud Buster
VII. The Road To Bear Creek
VIII. The Scalp Hunter
IX. Cupid From Bear Creek
X. The Haunted Mountain
XI. Educate Or Bust
XII. War On Bear Creek
XIII. When Bear Creek Came To Chawed Ear