John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” And so it always goes. While we were all busy planning vacations, honeymoons, family gatherings, and drumming up Christmas cheer yesterday, two other members of our family had life throw them a curveball.

For those of you who don’t yet know, our friend Dusty Richards and his incredible wife Pat were involved in a serious car accident yesterday afternoon near their home in Springdale, Arkansas. Both are now in critical but stable condition in a local hospital, though Dusty remains in a coma after incurring a head injury during the crash, and Pat is currently undergoing surgery for a spinal injury.

There really are no words to convey the depth of our grief over this turn of events. Dusty is a true living legend. A big man with an even bigger personality and a heart of gold, there isn’t a writer in this region whom the Ranch Boss hasn’t helped or influenced at some point in the last thirty years. Heaven knows he’s had a massive influence on all of us here at Oghma, and there has never been a better mentor or greater friend for any of us. As for Pat, she’s the perfect foil for our favorite cowboy, the epitome of grace under fire, as quiet as he is boisterous, but as strong as they come. They’re a matched pair, and one we’re honored to count among our family.

Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Pat or Dusty, please glance through these photos of him, and join us all here in the Oghma Creative Media family in keeping them and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers, both today and in the days to come.

Welcome to Saddlebag Dispatches, Where Stories Of The West Come To Be Told.

If you like stories of the West, you’ve come to the right place. But we don’t just tell stories of the Old West. If a tale takes place west of Mississippi and has the spirit of the Old West in it—even if it involves pickups and highways instead of horses and dusty trails—this is where it belongs. In addition to fiction, we publish the best nonfiction about the West as well as poetry, interviews and…well, pretty much anything to do with the West. Are you getting the idea we like things western? Watch for our next Spring Summer issue, coming June 14, 2018!

Welcome to our Autumn/Winter, 2017 issue! Click on the cover to get started.

Headlining our lineup this issue is George “Clay” Mitchell’s exclusive interview with Will Rogers Medallion-winning author and historian John J. Dwyer, as well a photo tour of the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City, Oklahoma, coverage of the 2017 Western Writers of America Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, great advice from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas, and an exclusive on-set update from the new Western film Painted Woman, the upcoming film adaptation of the Dusty Richards classic The Mustanger and the Lady. We’ve also got short fiction from Spur Award-winning author Richard Prosch, Dennis W. Doty, Darrel Sparkman, Terry Sanville, Tommy Hancock, and Claudia Mundell, and the fourth installment of Michael Frizell and David A. Frizell‘s sizzling serial graphic novel, Bender, the Graphic Novel