Black Cowboy Nat Love A.K.A. Deadwood Dick Featured in Novel Paradise Sky
Joe Lansdale shares his story on how he decided to write about African American cowboy Nat Love in his new novel PARADISE LOVE on the 2nd segment of the July 12 edition of KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7FM. Lansdale’s interview airs immediately after the Jewell Parker Rhodes interview.
Lansdale writes in a piece for Mulholland Books how he became interested in black cowboys: “In the late 1970’s, I became intrigued with nonfiction material I read about black cowboys and soldiers in the Old West. I was surprised to find that their contribution to the West was much larger than I had been led to believe by general history books, Western novels, and films over the years. The reason for this is painful but real: Racism had hidden their contribution.”
In PARADISE SKY, Texas novelist Joe Lansdale spins the tale through a first person narative that begins with Love on the run from a lynch mob chasing him for looking at the derriere of the wife of a white man. Unable to find him, they kill his father instead. Set in the late 1800s, Love is taken in by a white farmer with progressive views on race that teaches him how to shoot and ride horses. After the farmer’s death, he travels across the western territories with the aggrieved husband still in pursuit. During his travels he becomes a Buffalo soldier, is befriended by Wild Bill Hickock, and ultimately has a showdown with the aggrieved husband who never stopped pursuing him.
Joe Lansdale, who lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, is the author of more than a dozen novels including the Edgar Award winning THE BOTTOMS.