Hell's Hoofprints

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hells_hoofprints_websiteBefore Lester Dent began to chronicle the exploits of Doc Savage, he produced scores of novels, shorter fiction and articles spanning the range of pulp fiction genres—tales of two-fisted action, mysteries, aviation adventures, war stories, romances—and westerns.

The majority of the latter appeared in Western Trails in 1932 and 1933. For the first time, Hell's Hoofprints collects the 18 complete works of Lester Dent from that magazine, including his fiction, articles, vignettes and letters to readers.

With an introduction by historian Will Murray, this book of previously uncollected material is a welcomed addition for all fans of Lester Dent.

Bonus: Appendices include a story written for Western Trails but never appearing there as well as submission notes and records from Dent's notebooks.

Included are:

  • Dusty Trant-Road Agent
  • Gunslick Roundup
  • The Sudden-Disaster Gent
  • The Gun Quest
  • Hell's Hoofprints
  • Fear Ranch
  • Trigger Trap
  • The Devil's Ear
  • Haunted Saddle
  • Trickery Trail
  • Frozen Phantom
  • Snow Ghost (bonus story)


  • "Hogleg Facts"
  • "Ridin' Sign"
  • "Bronc Twisting"
  • "Cold Facts"

Don't forget to check out our earlier Lester Dent collections, Dead Men's Bones, The Skull Squadron and Fists of Fury.


  • Letters to Western Trails—April 1932, June 1932, June 1933

Cover art by Walter M. Baumhofer.

Don't forget to check out our other Lester Dent collections, Dead Men's Bones and The Skull Squadron.

"Because of Hell's Hoofprints . . . I went out of my way to tour Lester Dent land of the Pumpkin Buttes just west of Belle Fourche, in eastern Wyoming. What a wonderful, vast, empty place! Hell's Hoofprints is a beautiful book . . .  I really love the cover."—PETER BRANDVOLD, author of the Helldorado, Once More With a .44, The Killers of Cimmaron, Rogue Lawman, etc.

"If you don't have any Lester Dent books in your library, here is a good start. . . .  you'll be glued to every page, the characters seem to jump out from the page. . . . Nobody can put sentences together like Lester Dent, as he pulls you into every chapter . . .  a GOLD MINE in reading!"—Amazon

Book Details

Title: Hell's Hoofprints—The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent
Author: Lester Dent
Genre: Adventure/Western
ISBN: 978-1-928619-58-1
Price: $24.95 US / Trade paperback / 237 pages
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