William R. Cox

Biography

William Robert Cox, affectionately known as Bill, was born in Peapack, N.J. March 14 1901, worked in the family ice, coal, wood and fur businesses before becoming a freelance writer. A onetime president of the Western Writers of America, he was said to have averaged 600,000 published words a year for 14 years during the era of the pulp magazines.

One of his first published novels was Make My Coffin Strong, published by Fawcett in the early 1950's. He wrote 80 novels encompassing sports, mystery and westerns. Doubleday published his biography of Luke Short in 1961.

From 1951 Cox began working in TV and his first teleplay was for Fireside Theatre - an episode called Neutral Corner. It was in 1952 that he contributed his first Western screenplay called Bounty Jumpers for the series Western G-Men which had Pat Gallagher and his sidekick Stoney Crockett as Secret Service agents in the Old West, dispatched by the government to investigate crimes threatening the young nation. He went on to contribute to Jesse James' Women; Steve Donovan, Western Marshal; Broken Arrow; Wagon Train; Zane Grey Theater; Pony Express; Natchez Trace; Whispering Smith; Tales of Wells Fargo; The Virginian; Bonanza and Hec Ramsey.

He wrote under at least six pseudonyms: Willard d'Arcy; Mike Frederic; John Parkhill; Joel Reeve; Roger G. Spellman and Jonas Ward (contributing to the Buchanan Western series).

William R. Cox died of congestive heart failure Sunday at his home in Los Angeles in 1988. He was 87 years old. His wife, Casey, said he died at his typewriter while working on his 81st novel, Cemetery Jones and the Tombstone Wars. We are delighted to bring back his Cemetery Jones series for the first time in digital form.

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Series

Cemetery Jones
He's Sam to his friends, Cemetery Jones to his unlucky enemies. Lucky for Jones he was born suspicious. And dead quick with a gun. Suntise is a frontier town, just beginning to stretch. Till outlaws vow to take out the whole damn place to revenge themselves on the new marshal, named Cemetery Jones.

Books

Bigger Than Texas (A William R. Cox Classic Western)
Pre-release—available March 31, 2019. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,550. Language: English. Published by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When Johnny Bracket reined into Field City, he had twenty-one steers, his bay horse, his gun, and a run of bad luck behind him. He liked the look of the town and, even better, he liked the land deal Morg Field offered him. What he didn’t like was the fear he saw in the faces of the townsfolk and the ruthless greed he began to see in the man who owned them.
Moon of Cobre (A William R. Cox Western Classic Book 1)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,680. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2019 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Matt Buxton was a good man who built an empire out of prairie dust. And Matt was loyal to his own—even his rowdy brother Jed. He was so loyal that when Jed shot a girl in the back, he was willing to wreck his own town and start a range war to save him from the rope. What he didn't count on was Marshal Hancock, the lawman who believed in law and the girl's mother who'd just arrived out for revenge.
Cemetery Jones 3: Cemetery Jones and the Dancing Guns
Series: Cemetery Jones. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,000. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2019 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
This time Sam “Cemetery” Jones isn’t the target. The bushwhacker who’s taken a shot at Renee Hart, makes a run for the small but dangerous town dominated by one Cyrus Dunstan. That he’d harbor a killer who went after a woman is something for Sam to think hard about. When Sam catches up with his quarry, he faces a whole army of folks for whom the death of Cemetery Jones means their ticket to glory.
Cemetery Jones 2: Cemetery Jones and the Maverick Kid
Series: Cemetery Jones. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,990. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Jones wears notches on his soul the way others wear them on the butts of their guns. He’s about to add one more when an old friend enlists him in a desperate range war against a thieving, murdering rancher. Joining him is the mysterious Maverick Kid, riding hard and hot on a secret vendetta. The Kid turns out to be a hell of a help in a knock-down, drag-out battle of bullets!
Cemetery Jones 1: Cemetery Jones
Series: Cemetery Jones. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,190. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
He’s Sam to his friends. Cemetery Jones to his unlucky enemies. Lucky for Jones he was born suspicious. And dead quick with a gun. Sunrise is a frontier town, just beginning to stretch. Till outlaws vow to take out the whole damn place to revenge themselves on the new marshal, name of Cemetery Jones. The numbers are against him. But Jones has his gun. And the graveyard has plenty of vacancies.

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