HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell

Si Dunn on Silent We Stood

March 3, 2014

Tags: Silent We Stood, Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News

The indispensable Si Dunn, who works hard to bring a little exposure to regional writers, has written a nice review of Silent We Stood in The Dallas Morning News. My thanks to Mr. Dunn and the good folks (more…)

David Madden Likes Silent We Stood

February 9, 2014

Tags: David Madden, Civil War Book Review, Silent We Stood

David Madden, novelist, historian, and all-around man of letters, just wrote a very kind review of Silent We Stood at Civil War Book Review. Here’s an excerpt:

“More than many Civil War novelists, Chappell is fully in command of the art of fiction. To contrast Joseph's response to violence against slaves, Chappell uses the device of juxtaposition. Feeling the eyes of maimed slaves upon him causes ‘the skin on his back’ to tighten ‘like scabrous wounds.’ Chappell juxtaposes that line to ‘Images flashed: thick, hard scars, the nubs on Bekah's hand,’ where two fingers had been hacked off. For Bekah the miasma from the river bottom is a metaphor for the ambience of slavery. “You breathe in that miasma and it gets all over your insides.’ To express a parallel of her feelings to Joseph's, Chappell juxtaposes that line to “Joseph, feverish and chilled, dreamed of being buried alive.’

“Especially memorable are the chapters describing the town on fire and the responses of the people; the torture of Bekah and Samuel, who is innocent of setting the fire but who confesses to save her; Joseph, Samuel, and Bekah hiding a runaway mother and child, both of whom die; and a chapter delineating the vacillating mentality of Reverend Boedeker.

“Ending on a personal note, I am eager to say that, as a Civil War novelist and historian, I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read.”

Thank you David Madden!

Crimes Against Books

January 30, 2014

Tags: Books, booksellers

Is this really necessary? I recently ordered this nice old copy of John Hay's Nature's Year. Some seller stuck a bar code on the fragile dust jacket. Naturally, the damn thing won't come off without damaging the jacket. Great read, though.

Signed Copies for Christmas

December 11, 2013

Tags: book ordering, signed copies

I just added a website feature that allows easy ordering of signed, personalized copies of my novels and essay collection, using PayPal. Order all three novels and I'll throw in At Home on the Range - as long as my little stash holds out.

SWS is Out!

November 13, 2013

Tags: Silent We Stood

Silent We Stood is officially out. I note that it's temporarily out of stock at Amazon.com, but the Kindle version is always available. Thanks for your support!

New Publication Date

October 24, 2013

Tags: Silent We Stood, Publication Date

I have a new publication date for Silent We Stood: November 6. This should actually work out better than the earlier date since advance reader copies went out a month ago. Thanks to all who've ordered in advance, and my apologies for the delay.

Finally: Our Name Up in Lights!

October 2, 2013

Tags: Wagonhound, books, unemployable old cranks

Uh ... sunlight, that is. Still, the Wagonhound Ranch did up a nice poster hawking our new book at the September horse sale.


September 23, 2013

Tags: Leo, Randy Walker, Catahoula, Cowdog

Leo, a tough, honest cowdog. He did it all and did it right.
Got some sad news from my old friend Randy Walker, a West Texas cowboy and dog man:

"Leo my Catahoula cow dog was killed Monday morning by a wild boar.This happened about 150 yards from my house in Mabelle. The boar cut his femoral artery. He bled out in less than 5 minutes. This was a really freak deal. I had let him out to exercise like I do every morning. The boar was in tall Johnson grass, Leo must have surprised him. He couldn't get away from him fast enough because of the tall grass. I assume all this happened this way because I could follow his tracks by the blood trail. It was like his blood was poured out of a gallon jug. He ran back to his kennel and died right there. I guess he was trying to get back home."

I blogged about Leo and Randy's other dogs back in 2009.

Leo will be missed. So often, it's the best dogs that get hurt or killed. My condolences to Randy and his family.

Simon - of Simon's Cat Fame - Draws a [Squirrel] Dog

September 13, 2013

Tags: Simon's Cat, Dog

This reminds me of my old friend Donny Lynch's little squirrel dogs:

Selected Work

"I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read"
  • David Madden, Civil War Book Review
  • "Blood Kin is historical fiction at its best."
  • Bruce Winders, Historian and Curator, The Alamo
  • "The finest book on buffalo hunting and the resulting conflict with the Comanches that I have ever read."
  • Doris R. Meredith, Roundup
  • Non-fiction Books
    "Sharp and colorful also describe the economical prose of sports and wildlife writer Henry Chappell"
  • Elaine Wolff, San Antonio Current
  • Magazine Work
    Articles and Reviews
    Feature Articles
    Columns and Feature Articles