Robert F. (Bob) Turpin


Bob Turpin, a historian, researcher, and a leading authority on the Old West is a writer of historical fiction for over thirty years. His books are enjoyable to read, told in a style reminiscent of the western writers of yesteryears. They have been compared to those of the late great Walter Nobel Burns. In Turpin’s books, he blends fact and fiction to tell some whopping good yarns. He puts exciting colorful words in the mouths of his characters and places them in rip-snorting, gun-smoking scenes that actually took place on the Owlhoot Trail and border towns of the 1880s and 1890s in the Wild West.

His stories often contain historical persons and represent true events, telling how things might have happened. The Wild West comes alive in vivid detail in deeds and daring seldom found in western fiction. You can almost smell the gun smoke in the air and feel the sting of a sharp blade against your skin, as you read Bob Turpin’s Wild West stories.

In the last three years Bob has written and published six printed books, thirteen e­books, and nine Ezine articles pertaining to the Old West. The articles were published by Ezine, an electronic publication distributed via the Internet and other forms of computer networks.

He also published many articles and short stories which appeared in most of the historical western magazines from 1967 through 1999. In 1972 he published “Oklahoma’s Buried Millions” and did a second printing that same year. This was followed by two more small books, “Treasure Hunt 1” and “Treasure Hunt 2.”

So, pards, for your reading pleasure, saddle up and join Bob on his many exciting and entertaining rides through the pages of western history and meet the folks in his books, good and bad, who lived there. Bob has a million stories to tell … and even though they are considered to be historical fiction, they are all based on true and recorded incidents and happenings.

Here’s to your reading pleasure ….

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
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Where to find Robert F. (Bob) Turpin online

Where to buy in print


Forgotten Ghost Tales and Legends of the Old West
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,390. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Western
This book contains a haunting collection of stories - old-fashioned ghosts, vengeful spirits, ugly apparitions, and things that go bump in the night.
Messenger of Death
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: American English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Western
This story concerns an old Navajo owl superstition and a demented madman who hungered for the love of a beautiful Indian maiden. The mystic owl foretold the outcome. It hooted once to warn the Navajo, then hooted twice for death.
Cockeyed Frank Loving and Coal Oil Jimmy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: American English. Published: February 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Western
Colorful Old West gunfighters come to life in this e-book containing two short stories. The first is about a little-known gunfighter called Cockeyed Frank Loving, a western legend himself; the second is about James Buckley (alias Coal Oil Jimmy) who was one of the best in the business of stagecoach robberies.

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