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 1952-1956) has multiple works in Rosebud, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House Journal, Literally Stories, Copperfield ReviewLiterary OrphansIndiana Voices Journal, Frontier TalesWestern Online, Faith-Hope and Fiction, EastlitRope & Wire Magazine, The Literary Yard, Green Silk Journal, Fiction on the Web, The Path, etc. He has 16 Pushcart nominations, 6 Best of the Net nominations (one winner).

Later book publications include The CowboysBeside the Broken TrailIn the Garden of Long Shadows, Between Mountain and River, Catch a Wagon to a Star, and Jock Poems and Reflections for Proper Bostonians, by Pocol Press, and Jehrico by Danse Macabre. Back Home in Saugus (a collection) is being considered, as is Beneath My Feet This Earth Slips into the Far-side of Another’s Telescope and Pages from Fallen Books. In production status is The Grand Royal Stand-off at Darby’s Creek and Other Stories at Pocol Press.

Recent releases include  Small Victories for the Soul VII, from Wilderness House Literary Review, and Alone, with the Good Graces from Pocol Press. He was Danse Macabre’s 2016 Writer-in-Residence in Las Vegas.

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




Abner "Fuzzy" Beacon, Trailhand

A Daughter in the Mix

A Friend in the Night

A Garden of Plenty

Alias Jack Felton, Mystery Lawman

A Mannequin for Missy Drumm

A Matter of Disguise

Amigo Juan's War

A Mountain Man's Gold

An Eye for an Ear

A New Rope and an Old Saddle

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 Legacy

An Incident of Alliance

A Saddle in the Desert

Atten Attenosity

A Twins Revenge

A Western Proposal

A Window Floating in the Darkness Woman's Revenge

Bad-Boy Goode

Barn Raising at Escondido

Before the Morning Star

Bezball at Its Roots

Big Buck Williams on the Chase

Big in the Saddle

Big Train

Bill Buxby and the Cheyenne

Bill Carter’s Little Bitter Bills

Bill Dudley Do-Good, Dew-Guide Sheriff of Taxico

Biography of a Cowboy


Blaze Barkley and a Dead Horse

Blue Morning for Memory

Boot Hill Legacy

Boots and Squeakers

Born Artist Becomes Shooter

Born to be Sheriff of Crocker County

Boxcar Berkelly

Boy in a Cave

Brace Danby, Pony Rider


Break-out at Stone Hill

Break-out From Folsom Prison

Brickley’s Son

Broderick “Brock” Felton, Deputy

Bronco Dubbins, in Strange Pursuit

Brushback From Death's Door

Buck Henry, Sheriff of Godsend, Utah

Buck John

Bugle Calls from Graves Hill

Burial of a Dark Charger

Burt Kentworth, Lawman

Butch Charleton, Suspect

By Arizona Sunsets

Cabin on Hodd's Mountain

Cactus City Incident

Caleb Bonner, Loaner

Caligo's Reservation

Calumet Stockridge and the Odyssey

Calvin Hill Cutter, Gun Doctor

Cargo Saves the Ladies

Catching a Wagon to the Stars

Cave in the Mountains

Caves of the Gods, Heart of the Mountain


Charlemagne Killabrew, Civil War Veteran

Charlie Long and Maximillian's Retreat

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

Chuck Rattan, Bank Clerk, Elm Hill, Nevada

Circus in the Valley of Ten Chiefs

Clay Hartung, Kid Wrangler

Coachman's Find

Contraband at All Costs


Coop and Scoop

Costa Tailcoat’s Breakout from Jail

Costas Coattails Known as Coot

Cougar Coxley on the Loose

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

Dagger Drune, Knife Warrior

Dead Canyon Hideout

Deadeye Dolly Provident

Dead Pony Lookout

Death Hangs in the Shadows

Death of a Snitch

Death Rides a Long Shadow

Death Too Quick for the Hurry

Decision from the Valley of Lost Sun

Derrek Doss, Messenger

Destination Idaho

Dishonor Returns

Dog Bone for the Bounty Hunter

Dorbruk Malkev

Doug Diamond, Railroad Dick

Duel at the Dividing Sun Saloon

Dust and Shadows

Early Knight, Late Knight

Elbow Grease and Ankle Deep

Election by Decree

Empty Saddle at Dawn

Execution at Skeetersville

Exodus Two, Western Style

Face at the Window

Fair Exchange

Falcon Eddie

Falseto Sheriff

Fast-Draw Dewsnap, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1872

Fast-draw Hickey

Fire in the Barn

Fisher MacKerell

Flaws of Character 

Four Crimes Solved, Penalties in Abeyance

Fourth of July Homecoming

Friends and Enemies

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

Grandpa's Tale From Johnson's Ranch

Great Sky

Greg Knighthawk, Sheriff, Taxico County

Gregory Tolliver, Tascosa Gunsmith

Grit Higsbey and a Found Horse

Guilty Billy Never Hung

Gun Hero Comes Clean

Gunman's Holiday

Gunmen of Jingo Valley

Guns and Shadows

Gun Shy

Gunsmoke Valley

Heaven, Right Off the Saddle

Here Comes Cutler

High Canyon Deadlock

High Stakes Teacher

Highway to Heaven in the Foothills

Hired Out from Hatchet Falls

Hooligan Hide-out

Hoot Carnes Finds a Way


Horse Killer's Injun

Horse of a Different Color

Horse of Another Color

Hostage on Horseback

How to Lose a Badge

In the Shadow of the Hill

Ivaloo Outside the Lines

Jack Mack on Track

Jacques Cree and the High Camp Stand-off

Jail Break at Bear Creek

Jake and Jobs and Ida

Jake Armitage and the Lady of the House

Jason Judy, Cowpuncher and Sheriff to Boot

Jeb McGilvery

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

Jeremiah Jose “Joe “Jackman, Juror

Jeremy Slade's Trip to Oblivian

Jiggs at the Fountain, Bringing It All Home

Jiggs Kelly and the Stranger from Afar

Jock Clifford, Sheriff of Kenny’s Korner

Joe Shank at Horse Stealing

Joey Charlo and the Big Black Bear

Josiah Weaverlake and the Dog Pack

Justin Weaverlake and His Western Worries

Just Luke...

Just Plain Googie

Just Take His Boots

Kid Bullet

Kid Bullet and the Gainful Ministry

Kidnapped Along the Way

Kid Stuff

Kit Carson, Red Fox, and Kit ‘n’ Kaboodle

Kitten Murphy

Knife in the Right Hand, and Shank

Lack of Evidence

Lady Marybeth Knightly's Escapade

Lady With Child

Lakota Betty

Last Man Abroad

Last Stage from Crow's Hill


Little Brandy Durgin

Little Man, Big Gun

Lizard Mountain Water Hole

Lone Dog Amid Apple Seeding

Lonely Child of the Grass

Lost Colony

Lucien Dalpe and the Desperados

Lucky, Trailside Dreamer

Madame Law

Manhattan Eddie

Man with the Black Hearse

Matt Nightcloth, Man of the Hills

Maude Terranove, Cowgirl Extraordinaire

Max Braxton, Trail Hand

Me and Tozzer

Mexico George and the Cabin at Rio Del Poncho

Micah Thorsen and Mud Harris

Milkweed Montrose and a Pretty Lady

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 a Hanging

Never Too Late for Promises

New Man in Town

Newt Tewksbury, Bugler

Night Fires Near Waco

Noah Bickford at the Great Divide

Note for The Bright Star

Nothing But Stardust in the Making

Off the Beaten Path

Of Scabbards and Quivers and Sheaths and the Like

One Gun, Two Targets

One Man's Poison, Death on the Move

One Way Through Glass Pass

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

Outlaws' Peak

Ozzie’s Place in Reno

Packer and Son

Parker Hudson and the Prairie Warbler

Part Sioux, Part Soldier

Part-Time Sheriff in Over-Reach, Texas


Pony Balladeer

Portrait of a Bushwhacker


Posting to Oregon

Quick hand of a Loser

Quinn Cosgair's Treasure

Rabbit in the Stew

Racing a Train Through Colorado to Catch a Lady in a Huff

Ragskin Nevada

Renegade Sheriff

Reno Runs the Ranch

Reno Wilson, Horse Wrangler

Retribution at Great Caves

Revelations 1, 2 and 3

Revenge Has Its Fury

Revenge of a Lonesome Lady

Ringer for Hire

Ringo Knox, Starlit Kid (Lucky He Stood, Tall in His Boots)

Robbery at the Bank, By Hell, By Jingo

Rosco Drummond to the Rescue

Rubin Barnstead, Optimist

Sam Kirkness, Sheriff

Saturday Night Fever in Cummings, Colorado

Scat Hoover Finds a Home

Secret of the Cave

Secret of the Stone

Seven Cave Canyon

Shadow Creek

Shadow of turtle Too

Shag Hannah, Cow Man, Ladies Man

Shag Monroe, Crevice Hunter, Newly Appointed

Sharpe's Mountain Inn

Shoot and Pray

Shooter in Buckskin

Short Changed in Rockweed

Shorty Fights His Own War

Shot of Shots, Shooter of Shooters or Diggin’ Deep

Showdown in the Field of Gods

Shropshire Transport

Side Trail to Complicity

Sister at the Trigger

Six-gun Sugar Stetson in a Race for Life

Slow Finger on the Trigger, or Sure-shot Sue




Spade Pickett's Murder Case

Speedwing, Legend in the Making

Stagecoach Gunhand

Stretch Mulligan and the Calaboose

Stitch Morgan

Store Owner, Sheriff, Night-Rider

Summons of the Mountain

Sunset Duel by Demand

Swapping Badges

Sycamores Bound

Tale of Two Trail Blazers

Tall Yarns and Long-Strung Tales

T-Boy in the Saddle

Teddy the Wreck Meets Mere Alice

Tenor in the Canyon

Tied One On

Tiko San

Timber’s My Name, Lumber’s My Game

Tim McConnauhgy, the Broken-down Buckeroo

Tipper Thomas, Big Spender

Toby Huntly, Escapee

Tom Vespers From Waco

Too Late in the Day (for a Hanging)

Too Lonely for Dying

Too Young for Shackles

Top-Hat out of Jail

Top Hat, Range Boss

Tough Joe Rough

Towards The Blue Morning

Town without a Badge

Trade Winds

Trail Ends at the Palisade and the Call of the Loon

Trent Coyne and the Bounty Hunters

Tricks Mulligan, Gunsmith

Trot Parker, Horseman, Hunter, Hero

Trouble on the Paper Trail

Turf Malloy’s Squeaky Dreams

Two Fathoms Down

Two Fingers in the Stew

Two-Gun Rock, Singer

Two Sheriffs Paired for Rescue

Two-View Terrace

Valley of the lost swan

V For victory

Waco Willy

Wagon Wheels

Wagon Wheels Saloon

War Bonnet, For Sale

War Comes to Mount Barr

Water Rift

Wellington Welcome Whosely, Texas Gunsmith

Westerly Trails Through Tribal Lands

West of East Texas

When the Sheriff Came to Hammerfield

Where's Roy Carver, Escapee?

Where the Last Star Went

Where the River Splits

Whistling Dixie

Will Halfloaf, the Bumbler

Will Winston and the Cherokee Chief

Wrigley Welles, Pecos Lawman

Yakima Escapades

Yank Twillig, New Cowhand

Yuma Tranquility

The Back of the Rose Saloon

The Badge and the Good Word

The Badger

The Banker Cowboy

The Banker’s Sly Withdrawal

The Bank Robbery at Calico Falls

The Barber's Romance

The Battle at Ford's Creek

The Big Booms

The Big Tree

The Black

The Black Stallion Brigades

The Bluecoat's Death

The Blue-eyed Lady and London Bob the Gunner

The Blue Ox Passage

The Body in the Carriage

The Born Gunman, Kris Kiely, Killer

The Boy from Great Red

The Break in the Fence

The Bridge at Lomax Falls

The Bridle Couples

The Bridge to Maggie's Meadow

The Bridgetown Bard

The Broken Spur

The Broomstick Cowboy

The Buffalo Soldiers

The Cimarron Split

The Coachman, The Marshal

The Comanchero Hunter

The Confrontation

The Cook Gets His Turn

The Cowtown Candlemaker

The Craterville Catastrophe

The Dam at Wasahoa

The Deacon's Law and Order, Lucky Lu and Duke

The Dead Don't Lie

The Devel's Dew

The Doctor's Lament

The Drifting

The Drummer's Place

The Duel at Dusty Flats

The First Schooner Brigade, Westward Ho

The Five Star Kid

The Flavor's in the Cup or Small Talk Comes of Age

The Flower that Graces the Lost Valley

The Formal Transitions

The Freighters' Return Engagement

The Gambler from Norcross, Wyoming

The Game

The Gang at Fuerte Verde

The General Storekeeper

The Gentleman Banker from Calico Split

The Ghost Riders of Calico County

The Ghosts at Horseshoe Creek

The Ghosts of Soldier's Creek

The Ghosts of Delta Split II

The Giant Lobo Killer of Howza City

The Girl with a Good Eye

The Goat Killer, A Sharpshooter's Story

The Godly Search

The Great Mexican Raid

The Great Raid on Quipilanta

The Green Horn

The Gun

The Gunman at Eagle Pass

The Hawk and the Can of Peaches

The Heel or the Spur

The High Cabin

The Hooded Horde

The Hooded Specter

The Horse Keeper

The Horseman of the Davidos

The Horsemen of Prairie Junction

The Howling Beast of Catlo County

The Independence Watchdog

The Ironmonger, Stable Master

The Jacktown Journal

The Judge

The Judge and Jury Ensemble

The Jug at Chaco Canyon

The Kansas Hawkmen

The Kelly Green Colt

The Kid Deputy, Whisper by Name

The Kid from Cravasse City

The Kid from Koda Downs

The Kid from Nowhere

The Kid from Shadowdance

The Kid Messenger

The Kidnapping at Tablewood

The Kid Witness

The Kidskin Killer

The Lady's Man

The Lady From Random Two

The Last Ten Seconds of Eddie Lee’s Life

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 Limp Effect

The Lone Grenadier

The Lonely Line Rider

The Lone Retreat

The Lone Star State, 1845

The Long Fight for the Right Kid

The Lost Badge

The Lost Rider of the Pecos Run

The Man behind the Tools, The Dark Avenger

The Man in Black Hung on the Barn Door

The Marker

The Master of Hanging, Bar None

The Mess for the Sages

The Midnight Rider

The Miner's Son

The Misshaped Killing

The Missing Sheriff

The Mysterious Passenger

The Neckstretcher

The New Balkan Empire

The Oath at High Noon

The Orphan from Ciudad Verde Palido

The Osage Company Well

The Other Side of the Badge

The Other Side of the Tracks

The Outlaw Sheriff Otto Pilsner

The Outlaw's Outlaw

The Paint Lady, Beth Dolliver

The Palace

The Passage at Muscle Hill

The Philosophic Cowboy

The Pony Balladeer

The Quiet Ghost of Drover Down

The Quiet Storekeeper Goes Hunting

The Raggedies

The Ragged Rider

The Raid at Nikninisht-ta Peak

The Raid on Brentwood

The Railrider, Scrounger Galore

The Real, Lonely, Original John Hancock of Cowboy Country

The Return of Quipilanta

The Ride from Kingdom Come

The Roadman's Last Call

The Rose Bar

The Rousting at Circle Creek

The Rustlers Pad, Nevada

The Saloon Keepers Shadow

The Salt of Vatcher's Mine

The Scot's Bonnie Bonnet

The 2nd Dead Horse Saloon

The Sheriff Counts the Odds

The Sheriff of Crawford's Corner

The Sheriffs

The Sheriffs Son

The Shepherd's Keeper

The Short Tale of Gunfighter Shjon Oh's

The Silent Horseman

The Smoky Mountain Hideout

The Son of Cattle Barons

The Sons of Josiah Somersby

The Soul of Shiloh Two

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

The Storming of Peltsville

The Strange Rider

The Sudden Riches of the Misbegotten Sheriff

The Tale of Kellbren, Confederate Veteran

The Teller at Waco Grand Bank

The Texas Legend Makers

The Texas Shadow

The Tex-Mex Kid, Chalko Wallace

The Three-By Lad of West Kansas

The Trail on Broken Ridge

The Trooper and the Dog Star

The Trouble With Sheriffs

The Truest Texan of Them All

The Tunnel at Crescendo Rift

The Viking Road

The Wagon Master

The Wanted Posters Marked X

The Wapsing Drama

The Water Tower, River Diversion

The Wegner Posse

The Welsh Gunner (Mae Gynnwr Cymru)

The Wishing Well Invasion

The Wolf in Man's Clothing

The Wrawpicks