in the Current Issue of
Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures
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An Unfinished Novel
Borden Chantry II
Several more chapters of the exciting sequel to the Louis L'Amour
classic novel Borden Chantry.
"What about Turren Downer? Isn't he in prison?"
"Was. He isn't now. He's out and around."
"Do you think he'll come back here?"
"He's already here. . ."
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A Hand Drawn Map by
Chantry I & II Maps - Louis sometimes used hand drawn
maps to help visualize the towns in which his characters lived.
Often times these maps were based in part on places he had visited,
ghost towns, Indian ruins, back country springs or the actual
town itself if it existed. Here for the first time anywhere is
an example of one of the maps that Louis drew during the planning
stages for Borden Chantry. In the end some of the details about
where Borden and his family lived and how the town he protected
was laid out may have changed.
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Louis' Notes on the
Chantry - Story
Notes outlining many of the characters and concepts that Louis
wanted to explore in this story.
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Cable - Louis
occasionally experimented with story sections in these fragments
or false starts that ultimately turned up in his published work.
John Cable had nothing to leave his son but his
wishes and what moral stamina, sense of values, and thoughtfulness
he could instill into him. Much of this had been done, but it
now remained for Cable to provide a theater in which Kinn could
expand. In the 1850's the solution was obvious. They would go
. . .
- Louis is mixing genres here; the hard boiled crime story spiced
up with a background of south sea's adventure.
They call me Java, and my last name is Dix. Merchant seaman,
prizefighter, lumberjack, placer miner in New Guinea, pearl poacher,
gun runner, with the OSS during the war and after the war a freelance
journalist, trader in the Indonesian island...and a few other
things. It's been said that I'm a pretty tough lad. Fight? I've
won and I've lost, but I won more than I lost and got off the
floor a few times to win.
What do I know? Gems...how to pan gold, how to handle any kind
of gun...and a lot of odds and ends that a guy can pick up kicking
around the world. And I can talk nine languages like I was born
. . .
to find stories
- First published in The Writer, a magazine billed in 1942 as
“the oldest magazine for literary workers.” Seeing that this periodical
was founded in 1887 and is still published to this day I would
tend to take them at their word.
You may stumble across them as easily, not recognize them at the
time, but later realize that you had a story angle. Stories are
everywhere, and all the writer needs is to keep his ears and eyes
open. Of course, the longer you work at it the more proficient you
become in picking up the thread of a plot.
. . .
Complete Story Treatment
Flows The Bangkok
- Why Dad wrote "Where Flows the Bangkok" as a treatment is unknown
but it is lucky for us because the entire story is laid out here
in short hand ... no need to guess at where it might have gone.
Morgan leaves a tramp steamer in Bangkok looking more like a beachcomber
than the man he is looking for, a drifting ne're-do-well nephew
of rich old Miles Vaughn, who had died leaving several millions
and no relatives but Jim Vaughn. After several months of drifting
from port to port, Morgan has finally arrived in Bangkok, aware
that this was the last place Jim Vaughn had headed for -- twenty
. . .
In Defense of "How
The West Was Won" - Though the Old West is not really
very old, few were as well versed in its history and lore as Louis.
In this extremely interesting and fact filled piece of correspondence,
Louis makes the case for many of the differences between an early
draft of his novelization of How
the West Was Won and the movie itself.
"It is stated in the script that the passengers could take
shelter behind the seats. It is obvious that whoever wrote that
never shot at anything with a pistol. A .44 or .45 (of the type
used in those days) would shoot through seven to nine inches of
pine. (I have reports on Army tests of the period on this as well
as gun catalogues advertising the guns for sale. Also, I frequently
shoot single-action pistols as well as others.)"
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