"Almost forty years ago, when my fiction was being published exclusively in 'pulp' magazines, I wrote several novel-length stories, which my editors called 'magazine novels.' In creating them, I became so involved with my characters that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared became collector's items. Pleased as I was about how I brought the characters and their adventures to life in the pages of the magazines, I still wanted the reader to know more about my people and why they did what they did. So, over the years, I revised and expanded these magazine works into fuller-length novels that I published in paperback under other titles."
"These particular early magazine versions of my books have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity among many of my readers, so much so of late, that I'm now pleased to collect three of them in book form for the first time."
"I hope you enjoy them"
The Trail to Crazy Man contains:
- Riders of the Dawn, which became Silver Canyon.
- Showdown on the Hogback, the original version of Showdown at Yellow Butte
- The Trail to Crazy Man, which was expanded to Crossfire Trail.