Charlie Steel, TALE-WEAVER EXTRAORDINAIRE, (born 1945) is a western novelist and internationally published short story writer.
Steel has worked at many assorted occupations starting at the age of ten. Some of his experiences include service in the Army, labor in the oil fields, in construction, in a foundry, and as a salvage diver. Early in his life he was recruited by the US Government and spent five years behind the Iron Curtain. He became an expert on the East German 110 mile corridor between Berlin and Helmstedt, Germany, and wrote a cautionary report on traveling the route for the US Government. His undercover assignments monitored Russian activity.
He attended eight universities: Delta College, University of Maryland, Saginaw Valley University, Northern Michigan University Marquette, University of Georgia, Fairfax University, Freie Universitate Berlin, and the University of Michigan and currently holds five degrees including a PhD. He continues to read, research, and collect western literature.
Charlie Steel is a member of DAV as well as the VFW. For one year he served as commander of a VFW Post. He is a member of two western associations, including Western Writers of America.
Since the discovery of Charlie Steels manuscripts in 2002 by Condor Publishing, Inc., his short stories have been published by such varied magazines as The Fence Post, The Lakeshore Guardian, Canada's Story Teller, and others.
From 2005, Condor Publishing, Inc. has secured contracts with magazines for Steel’s short stories ensuring monthly publication for years to come. For 40 years Charlie Steel was a prolific writer and his hundreds of manuscripts are still being compiled and edited. Steel specialized in two types of writing, western literature and nostalgic pieces. Condor Publishing, Inc. owns all rights to his work.
Charlie Steel lives on an isolated ranch below Greenhorn Mountain, in Southern Colorado.
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CONDOR PUBLISHING, INC. REPRESENTS THE FOLLOWING CHARLIE STEEL TITLES:
PUBLISHED NATIONALLY & INTERNATIONALLY (Available for Second Rights)
BOOKS: FIGHT FOR WET SPRINGS DESERT HEAT, DESERT COLD AND OTHER TALES OF THE WEST
AUDIO BOOK: THREE DAYS UNDER THE SUN AND OTHER TALES OF THE OLD WEST
NONFICTION ARTICLE: TRADITIONAL WESTERN FICTION
STORIES: BAD CHARLIE SMITH BOY ON THE DESERT BUFFALO BONES DANDELIONS AND THE GARDEN DEAD MAN'S SONG DEATH COMES IN THE AFTERNOON DEATH COMES LINGERING DESERT HEAT, DESERT COLD FOR THE LOVE OF A WOMAN GRANDMA GIVES NO QUARTER GRANDPA LOOKS OVER HIS LAND HARD TIMES FOR BILLY O'REILLY HISTORY, A HEAVY, HEAVY BURDEN (THE DAY JFK DIED) HOT DESERT, HOT ROCK, HOT SNAKE KID ON THE RUN LAMENTATION FOR BLACK KETTLE'S CHEYENNE LITTLE SAMMY TUCKER AND THE STRANGERS MOUNTAIN MAN COMES HOME MY DAD, HUNTING, AND A CHRISTMAS TREE MY FATHER, MY OLD MAN NOT A COWARD NUISANCE AND THE GIRL OLD MAN DYING OLD MAN IN THE ROCKING CHAIR ON THE EDGE SOMETHING IN THE WOODPILE THE ADVENTURES OF OTIS, ROBERT, AND CHARLES THE BOY THE BROKEN KEY THE COWBOY BOOTS THE DEER HUNT THE DEVIL, THE GAMBLER, AND THE GIRL THE DUST STILL RISING THE LAD FROM NORWAY THE PERFECT DAY THE RAIN POURS ON THE TROUT THREE DAYS UNDER THE SUN
AVAILABLE FOR FIRST RIGHTS:
BOOKS: A LAST CHANCE FOR HAPPINESS ARCHIBALD BILL HENRY CONFLICT ON THE WILLIAMS RANCH FORCED GUN JUST FRIENDS MAIL ORDER BRIDE MY OLD MAN WAS HARDER THAN NAILS NO MONEY, NO NAME POOR WHITE TRASH SEAN STARTING A NEW LIFE TOO LATE CHARLIE TOUGH OLD CHARLIE
YOUNG ADULT FICTION: CORNELIUS KOGELSCHITZ GOES WEST
STORIES: A BAD DREAM A BAD MAN DOES GOOD ABRAHAM GOES OUT OF HIS MIND A BLACKSMITH GAINS A COMPANION A BOYHOOD MEMORY A BRIGHT NEW DAY A BRIGHT SUMMER SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACID RAIN A GOOD DAY TO DIE A KILLER GETS REPRIEVE ALICIA'S COURAGE
A LITTLE BOY SKIPS SCHOOL ALIVE BUT IN HADES ALL YOU LOVE IS EVENTUALLY MURDERED BY THE HANDS OF TIME A LONG SUMMERS DAY A PRIVATE CONVERSATION A RUN FROM BULLIES A RUNNING GUNMAN MAKES A DECISION AN EAGLE BORN ANGRY FATHER, WILD SON ANOTHER INDELIBLE MOMENT A TALE OF ULI PAPPENFUSS A TRAPPER AND THE BIG STORM A WESTERN CARD GAME AT THE BUBBLING SPRINGS
BETTER NOT TO HAVE SPOKEN - 1776 BIG JIM BILLY JOE
BLACK-HEARTED MAN FROM WICHITA BORED RANCHER BURIED WITH MALICE BURIED ALIVE BUY HER AND RIDE CAT METAMORPHASIS
CHANGE OF LIFE CHARLIE LATTIMORE CHARLIE NOTHIN MUCH COWBOYS AND INDIANS NEVER DIE DANCE WITH DEATH DARKNESS AND REVENGE RIDE ALONE DEATH AND DROUGHT OF 67 DEATH AND SURVIVAL HAVE NO BOUNDERIES DEATH AND TAXES DESPERATE WORLD, DESPERATE PEOPLE DREAMING TO LIVE
DROUGHT EXPLOITED AND WRONGED FAITH AND BETRAYAL FIGHT TO THE LAST BREATH FINAL RETRIBUTION FINITE TIME FLASH OF LIGHT FOOTSTEPS IN THE SAND FOR THE SAKE OF MY MOTHER
FRAGMENTED MEMORIES FROM OUT OF THE DESERT
GOLD UNDER THE HOT SUN HANDSOME YOUNG DRIFTER HAPPY HIRED KILLER FINDS PEACE HEADING DOWN THE HIGHWAY HENRY PUGH WOULD NEVER SHIRK HIS DUTY
HUNGRY LIZARD INNOCENCE LOST IN SEARCH OF THE YANKEE DOLLAR INTO THE MOUNTAINS IRISH LAD IN AN AMERICAN WAR
IT'S ALL A DREAM IT'S GOOD TO BE ALIVE JUSTICE IS NEVER GIVEN JUSTICE WITH A GUN JUST SHOOT
KATY BENNETT KID TAKES A DIFFERENT TRAIL LAST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN LAST STAND, LAST JOURNEY LIFE AND DEATH LIFE GOES ON LIFE’S REVENGE IN TRINIDAD, COLORADO LONE MAN STANDING LONE WOLF LOST AT SIXTEEN LOST SOUL LOST YOUTH
LOVE AND WAR LOVE, LIFE, AND DEATH LUNGER IN CANYONCITY MISTER BIG SHOT MORTIMER AXEL SPENCER MOUNTAIN MAN AND THE IRISH COUPLE MY BROTHER AND ME MY FATHER MY FATHER DIED MY FATHER, MY OLD MAN - REVISITED MY FRIEND SAYS MY GRANDSON AND ME (Part 1) MY GRANDSON AND ME (Part 2) MY LOVING FAMILY MY MOTHER AND ME MY MOTHER AND THE FIFTIES NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION NEVER HURT ANYONE NEVER TOO LATE TO FISH NICK JONES NO ROOM FOR ERRORS NOTHING LEFT TO LIVE FOR ODE TO ZEST SOAP OLD MAN WILLIAMS ON THE AUSABLE ON THE STREETS OPENING DAY PACO PARTNERS PENNY TROUBLE PESTS AND STRAYS PRAIRIE GIRL PUMPKIN PIE PURE SCIENCE FICTION RICH MAN’S JUSTICE RIDERS AT RYE,COLORADO RUFF AND THE BOY PUP RUNNING FEAR SAND LILY OF THE DESERT SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER SHELTER IN THE WOODS SHOT AND LEFT TO DIE SLIM CHANCE OR NONE SPINSTER LADY SPORTS STAR FOR A DAY STEP OVER OR AROUND STILL BREATHING STRUGGLE TO THE LAST BREATH STRUGGLING DOWN THE TRAIL STUCK IN A HOLE SUMMER VACATION MICHIGAN 1956 SUNDAY MORNING SUNRISE SUNLIGHT ON THE POND THE BLUE ROAN THE BULLHEAD THE CAT OF THE PLAINS THE DRIFTER THE DRUMMER BOY THE DYING STRANGER THE EAGLE SCREAMS THE ENGLISH FOOL THE FAILURE MAN THE FOREIGN COWBOY THE GOLD, THE UTES, AND MY LIFE THE INDIAN THE LONG SLEEP THE LOST STRANGER THE MAGIC LAMP THE MAKING OF A BAD WESTERNER THE MAKING OF A WESTERNER THE MAKING OF RYAN O’BRIAN THE MAN WHO NEVER BECAME PRIEST THE MINER AND THE GREENHORN THE OLD MAN AND THE GIRL THE PINKERTON MAN THE PREACHER AND DOC HOLLIDAY THE PREACHER'S SON THE PROFESSOR THE PROFESSOR GOES WEST THE REVENGE OF BRADEN MARTIN THE SADDEST MAN ON EARTH THE SCARECROW MAN THE SILENT MAN THE SMELL OF WOODSMOKE THE STABLE BOY THE STEALING OF HENRY MORGAN'S RANCH THE STORE CLERK THE STRANGER THE TOWN DRUNK THE TRAIN AND THE IRISH BOY THE TWO-LEGGED BEAST THE WAY OF LIFE - OUR STORY THE YOUTH, THE CANDY, AND THE STRANGER THREE POUNDS OF GOLD TIRED OLD MAN, INQUISITIVE YOUNG BOY TO BECOME A SOLDIER TOMMY TUCKER AND FISHING TO MY LAST BREATH TOO BAD TO BE GOOD TOO OLD TO DIE TRAPPER JOHN TWO BOYS GO OUT ON THE TOWN TWO GREENHORNS TWO LIVES, TWO MEN, TWO HATES TWO MEN TWO O’CLOCK TUESDAY AFTER TUESDAY NEXT VAGABOND WHAT IS A MAN? WHEN THERE'S NO HOPE LEFT WHEN YOU CAN FALL NO FURTHER YOU BIG UGLY STUPID PIG
(Other stories are being compiled as they are transcribed from old manuscripts.)
Updated 22 February 2012
Charlie writes with the knowledge of one who loves animals, the environment, and the solitude and openness of the western landscape.
A writer in the mold of L'Amour and Compton. DawsonJordan, Double DJ Ranch Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Sciences ColoradoStateUniversity