Tom F. Sheehan

Tom F. Sheehan
Western Short Story

A Prolific Writer of Western Myth, Fable and Fiction

Tom Sheehan never ceases to amaze me. He writes alot. More than anyone I know. How one man can come up with so many story lines is beyond me.

He once said that when he was younger he owned five typewriters. He always had a story going in each one. It reminded me of a chess master playing multiple boards at one time. That's Tom Sheehan, a writing master. He writes in multiple genres, not just the western.

This is Tom Sheehan's library. The page links to his many western short stories. You can lose yourself in any one of them. Scroll down the page and enjoy.

A letter from Tom to Scott (in part)


The people who went west in the early days of our country came from many countries and customs, and brought much of their culture with them. Nothing is more intriguing and interesting to me than their pursuits, their dreams, and the harsh life they entered.

I attempt to write stories about those struggles and achievements that spread this country from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. They carried all kinds of visions that drove them onward; and in these pursuits they rose, they fell, they faulted, they were often exalted or saluted, they served, and many survived the harshest rigors.

Their stories, fact or fiction, where we rarely know the complete details of any act, should be carried on. I attempt to keep my part in this interest. I have found in you and your vision, Rope and Wire Magazine, and your contributors, the same interests and passions for the past that I have and consider myself quite lucky the day I came across the site, 7/8/07...

Carry on with great success.

Tom Sheehan

Western short stories Bio. of Tom Sheehan

Sheehan (31st Infantry, Korea 1951-52; Boston College 1952-56) has published 32 books, has multiple works in Rosebud, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House Journal, Literally Stories, Copperfield Review,Literary OrphansIndiana Voices Journal, Frontier TalesWestern Online Magazine, Faith-Hope and Fiction, EastlitRope & Wire Magazine, The Literary Yard, Green Silk Journal, Fiction on the Web, The Path, etc.He has 33 Pushcart nominations, 5 Best of the Net nominations (one winner).

Later book publications include Swan River Daisy by KY StoriesThe Cowboys and Beside the Broken Trail by Pocol Press, and Jehrico byDanse Macabre. Back Home in Saugus (a collection) is being considered, as is Elements & Accessories (poetry)and Valor's Commission (a collection of war and post war tales reflecting the impact of PTSD). He was 2016 Writer-in-Residence at Danse Macabre in Las Vegas.

Here's a link to all of Tom's books on Amazon>>




Aces and Jacks

A Daughter in the Mix

A Dragoon's Adventure

An Eye for an Ear

A Fulsome Moon for Abby Newt

A Greater Kingdom and a Lesser Court

A Gunfighter's Last Call

Alias the Cook

A Matter of Disguise

Amigo Juan's War

A Place for Smitty

A Posse for the Taking

A Potent Proposal

A Rescued Boy

A Saddle in the Desert

A Shadowed Amulet

A Shivaree for Goldilocks

A Soldier's Crusade

At Ease with SGT. Able Startooth

An Incident of Alliance

A Twins Revenge

A Western Proposal

A Woman's Revenge

Bad-Boy Goode

Barn Raising at Escondido

Before the Morning Star

Biography of a Cowboy

Black Possum Down

Blue Morning for Memory

Boot Hill Legacy

Boots and Squeakers

Brace Danby, Pony Rider

Breakout at Stone Hill

Bugle Calls from Graves Hill

Burial of a Dark Charger

By Arizona Sunsets

Cabin on Hodd's Mountain

Caleb Bonner, Loaner

Caligo's Reservation

Caves of the Gods, Heart of the Mountain

Charlemagne Killabrew, Civil War Veteran

Chase Holman's Kidnapping

Cheri's Place in Brooksville

Chigger Boom and the Night the Devil Broke Loose

Child of the Grass

Chronicle of a Bank Robbery

Circus in the Valley of Ten Chiefs

Clay Hartung, Kid Wrangler

Coachman's Find

Covana from Wolf Hill

Cowboy Dawn

Cowboy from Afar

Crescent Moon for One-Dog-Left

Cross on the Hill, Hawk in the Sky

Crossing Waters

Dead Canyon Hideout

Deadeye Dolly Provident

Dead Pony Lookout

Death Hangs in the Shadows

Death of the Pale Rider

Death Rides a Long Shadow

Death Too Quick for the Hurry

Decision from the Valley of Lost Sun

Destination Idaho

Dog Bone for the Bounty Hunter

Duel at the Dividing Sun Saloon

Dust and Shadows

Early Knight, Late Knight

Empty Saddle at Dawn

Fair Exchange

Falcon Eddie

Fast-draw Hickey

Fire Sticks

Fisher MacKerell

From the Palisades to the Sierra Nevadas

Gaucho From Chestnut Hill

Ghost Shooter of the Tetons

God of two Mountains, Montowanta

Gray Day in a Gray Town

Great Sky

Gregory Tolliver, Tascosa Gunsmith

Guilty Billy Never Hung

Gun Hero Comes Clean

Gunman's Holiday

Gunsmoke Valley

Here Comes Cutler

High Canyon Deadlock

High Country Hideout

High Stakes Teacher

Hired Out from Hatchet Falls

Hobie's sugar Still

Hooligan Hide-out


Horse of Another Color

Hostage on Horseback

Ivaloo Outside the Lines

Jacques Cree and the High Camp Stand-off

Jail Break at Bear Creek

Jehrico and Chico and the Western Conservation Society Inc.

Jehrico and Chico the Mexican Orphan

Jehrico and Lupalazo

Jehrico and Lupalazo Townships, Inc.

Jehrico and the Cock-Eyed Burro

Jehrico's Creek, The Secret of

Jehrico Finds a Mistress

Jehrico's Mercantile Hijinks, Inc.

Jehrico's Mine of Good Deeds and Dead Goods

Jehrico's New Venture

Jehrico's Sign

Jehrico's Tub

Jehrico's Wolf Pup

Jeremy Slade's Trip to Oblivian

Josiah Weaverlake and the Dog Pack

Kershaw, Knighted and a Cowboy to Boot

Kid Bullet and the Gainful Ministry

Lady With a Red Umbrella

Lady With Child

Lakota Betty

Last Man Abroad

Last Stage from Crow's Hill

Late Visits to Maggie's Turf


Little Man, Big Gun

Lizard Mountain Water Hole

Lonely Child of the Grass

Madame Law

Man with the Black Hearse

Max Braxton, Trail Hand

Me and Tozzer

Mexico George and the Cabin at Rio Del Poncho

Miss Martha's Signature

Mother McCree and Me

Mrs. Binnie Minn of Shangri-La

Murder Plays a Merry Tune

Music of the Mountain

Music Slow Enough for Dancing

Mystery Gable of Knobby's Nook

Never Too Late for Promises

Noah Bickford at the Great Divide

No Edge to Glory

Note for The Bright Star

Odyssey of a French Swordsman

One Town Too Many

One Way to McAlister's, or Manitou's Tipi

Packer and Son

Parker Hudson and the Prairie Warbler

Part Sioux, Part Soldier


Plumbeck the Fiddler

Portrait of a Bushwhacker

Posting to Oregon

Quick hand of a Loser

Rabbit in the Stew

Renegade Sheriff

Retribution at Great Caves

Revelations 1, 2 and 3

Revenge of a Lonesome Lady

Rubin Barnstead, Optimist

Secret of the Stone

Shadow Creek

Shoot and Pray

Short Changed in Rockweed

Showdown in the Field of Gods


Stolen Flag, Arkansas 1st Mounted Rifles

Sycamores Bound

Quinn Cosgair's Treasure

Tall Yarns and Long-Strung Tales

Texas Town

The Ace of Jacks

The Aztec Raiders

The Back of Beyond

The Badger

The Barkeep and the Kid

The Battle at Ford's Creek

The Bluecoat's Death

The Boy from Great Red

The Bridge at Lomax Falls

The Bridge to Maggie's Meadow

The Broomstick Cowboy

The Church at the End of God's Green Grass

The Cimarron Split

The Colonel's Chagrin

The Comanchero Hunter

The Craterville Catastrophe

The Deputy's Gun and Girl

The Devel's Dew

The Drummer's Place

The Duel at Dusty Flats

The Gambler from Norcross, Wyoming

The Game

The Gentleman Banker from Calico Split

The Ghost Riders of Calico County

The Ghosts of Delta Split II

The Giant Lobo Killer of Howza City

The Girl With the Long Dream

The Grand Royal Stand-off at Darby's Creek

The Great Mexican Raid

The Great Raid on Quipilanta

The Return of Quipilanta

The Gun

The Gunman at Eagle Pass

The Hawk

The Hawk and the Can of Peaches

The Hooded Specter

The Horse Keeper

The Horseman of the Davidos

The Howling Beast of Catlo County

The independence Watchdog

The Judge

The Jug at Chaco Canyon

The Kelly Green Colt

The Kid from Cravasse City

The Kid from Shadowdance

The Kid Messenger

The Kidskin Killer

The Lady Who Looked Like Linda Dove

The Last Train to Silver Creek

The Legend of Bear-with-Wings, Kiowa

The Legend of Blue Soldier Riding, Kiowa

The Legend of the Old Man of the West

The Liar's Game at the Wobbly Cow Saloon

The Lonely Line Rider

The Lost Badge

The Marker

The Miner's Son

The Mysterious Grave Digger

The Mysterious Passenger

The Neckstretcher

The New Balkan Empire

The Osage Company Well

The Outlaw Sheriff Otto Pilsner

The Quiet Ghost of Drover Down

The Raid on Brentwood

The Roadman's Last Call

The Rose Bar

The Salt of Vatcher's Mine

The Sheriffs

The Shepherd's Keeper

The Short Tale of Gunfighter Shjon Oh's

The Silent Horseman

The Smoky Mountain Hideout

The Soul of Shiloh Two

The Start of Hansen's Beer, Best in the West

The Storming of Peltsville

The Tale of Kellbren, Confederate Veteran

The Teller at Waco Grand Bank

The Texas Legend Makers

The Texas Shadow

The Trooper and the Dog Star

The Viking Road

The Trouble With Sheriffs

Tied One On

Tom Vespers From Waco

Too Lonely for Dying

Towards The Blue Morning

Trent Coyne and the Bounty Hunters

Trick Shooter from Pepper Hill

Trouble on the Paper Trail

Tuckerby and Cutlass and the Noise Holder

Two Fathoms Down

Two-Gun Rock, Singer

Two Sheriffs Paired for Rescue

Valley of the lost swan

War Comes to Mount Barr

Water Rift

When Guns Get Tossed Aside

Where the Last Star Went

Will Halfloaf, the Bumbler

Yuma Tranquility