John Myers Myers was a fascinating writer who, unfortunately, is not widely known. Among those few who do know him he has a cult status based on the charming, altogether idiosyncratic voice that he brought to all of his work. His clever, folksy wit was a major element in all of his writing. Some have found the prominence that he gave to his own voice in his books an annoyance and an indulgence that detracted from his work, but to those who have acquired the taste it is a major reason for reading him. Myers wrote seventeen books. He ranged from fantasy and historical fiction to histories of the American West (his major concentration), and even tried his hand at epic poetry. Though I have not yet read all of them, I have yet to read one that disappointed me, and am working my way through his entire body of work. Unfortunately, many of his books are out of print, but to the connisseur of his work this is nothing more than a small challenge to overcome in pursuing their obsession.
I was introduced to Myers nearly a quarter century ago through what is undoubtedly his masterpiece, Silverlock Silverlock: Including the Silverlock Companion (Nesfa's Choice, 26). This is a fantasy novel, that while rivaling Tolkien in quality and importance, is unique, unlike anything else in the fantasy genre, and has risen to true cult status among fantasy aficionados in the know.
Western Histories Histories of the American West made up Myers’ largest body of work.
Harp And The Blade This was Myers’ first novel, telling the tale of an Irish minstrel and a Breton swordsman in the violent anarchy of tenth-century France. Out on Any Limb a novel of two young men on the road in Elizabethan England The Wild Yazoo a tale of an exile from Virginia experiencing the wild life on the southwestern frontier of Jacksonian Mississippi Dead Warrior Baltimore Carruthers, an expatriate of Maryland, heads to the Western frontier and enters the life of an Arizona mining town
In addition to these, Myers also wrote I, Jack Swilling: Founder of Phoenix, Arizona, which I cannot locate on Amazon.
And finally, Myers put his knowledge of the American West into a unique and fascinating project – telling tales of the West in poetry rather than prose. Maverick Zone. This book has been compared to Chaucer by the poet Robert Hillyer, and if you have a literary bent, you will find it a real treat.