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Luke Short


(Frederick Dilley Glidden)
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Luke Short (real name Frederick Dilley Glidden) was a popular Western writer. Born in Kewanee, Illinois Glidden attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for two and a half years and then transferred to the University of Missouri at Columbia to study journalism.

Following graduation in 1930 he worked for a number of newspapers before becoming a trapper in Canada then later moved to new Mexico to be an archeologist's assistant.

After reading Western pulp magazines and trying to escape unemployment he started writing Western fiction. He sold his first short story and novel in 1935 under the pen name of Luke Short (which was also the name of a famous gunslinger in the Old West, though it's unclear if he was aware of that when he assumed the pen name.)

After publishing over a dozen novels in the 1930s, he started writing for films in the 40s. In 1948 alone four Luke Short novels appeared as movies. Some of his memorable film credits includes Ramrod (1947) and Blood on the Moon (1948). He continued to write novels, despite increasing trouble with his eyes, until his death in 1975. His ashes are buried in Aspen, Colorado, his home at the time of his death.
 
Novels
The Branded Man (1936)
The Feud At Single Shot (1936)
The Man on the Blue (1936)
Brand of Empire (1937)
King Colt (1937)
Marauder's Moon (1937)
Bold Rider (1938)
Hard Money (1938)
Raiders of the Rimrock (1938)
Savage Range (1938)
Bounty Guns (1939)
Dead Freight for Piute (1939)
     aka Bull-Whip
War on the Cimarron (1939)
Bought with a Gun (1940)
     aka Gun Bought Grant
Raw Land (1940)
Gunman's Chance (1941)
     aka Blood On the Moon
Hardcase (1941)
Ride the Man Down (1942)
Sunset Graze (1942)
And the Wind Blows Free (1943)
Ramrod (1943)
Coroner Creek (1945)
Fiddlefoot (1946)
High Vermilion (1947)
     aka Hands Off!
Station West (1947)
Vengeance Valley (1949)
Ambush (1950)
Barren Land Murders (1951)
     aka Barren Land Showdown
Play a Lone Hand (1952)
Saddle by Starlight (1953)
Silver Rock (1953)
Rimrock (1956)
Colt's Law (1957)
Summer of the Smoke (1958)
The Whip (1958)
The Gold Rustlers (1959)
Hurricane Range (1959)
First Claim (1960)
Gauntlet of Fire (1960)
Weary Range (1960)
Western Freight (1960)
Desert Crossing (1963)
Last Hunt (1963)
Misery Lode (1964)
First Campaign (1965)
Floodwater (1965)
Trigger Country (1965)
Paper Sheriff (1966)
The Primrose Try (1967)
Debt of Honor (1968)
Donovan's Gun (1969)
The Guns of Hanging Lake (1969)
The Some-Day Country (1970)
Three for the Money (1970)
The Stalkers (1973)
The Deserters (1975)
The Man from Two Rivers (1975)
Trouble Country (1976)
Man from the Desert (1979)
A Man Could Get Killed (1980)
King Cole (1982)
The Marshal of Vengeance (1985)
The Outrider (1989)
Show the Colors (1989)
The Jackleg Sheriff (1989)
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