Gunfighters of the old west were generally feared and vilified back in their day. After all, they were mostly cold blooded killers. Unlike the rest of the population, they wouldn't hesitate for a moment before firing. That's what gave them their edge.
Those who survived found it increasingly difficult to live down their reputations. Usually some younger, faster and more vicious gunfighter would call them out. This is the tale of one of the few who lived to see another day, Wyatt Earp.
Will Matlack has brilliantly imagined a dark night of the soul for one of our greatest historical icons. By showing us the renegade lawman in combat with one of his unlikeliest, most intractable adversaries—writer's block—he gives us a new perspective on the settling of the West, and westerners.—James Earp