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“Non-stop action, characters to love, to hate and to care about, crash into each other in this beautifully written end of 19th-century story. . . . As close to a perfect Western as one can get, The Devil by His Horns by Michael Zimmer will keep you reading late into the night.”

-- A 2022 Favorite Book (one of only four), True West magazine, Nov. 2022


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“Zimmer demonstrates why he’s one of the more interesting voices in Western fiction.”

—Booklist for Beneath A Hunter's Moon

A believable, gritty, and action-packed tale of the real Old West.
—Publishers Weekly for The Long Hitch


 Western Writers of America

2020 Short Fiction Spur Award

The Medicine Robe.

The Medicine Robe appeared in the anthology "Contention and Other Frontier Stories."

Wrangler Award

February 18, 2015

Michael Zimmer's The Poacher's Daughter has been awarded the prestigious Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City. The Wrangler honors "the best in film, literature, and music." Past recipients have included Larry McMurtry, Thomas Berger, James Michener, Edward Abbey, Barbara Kingsolver and Cormac McCarthy.

Wrangler Award

It was a pleasure to be presented my Wrangler by Melinda Wayne Munoz (John Wayne's daughter) and Wyatt McCrea (Joel McCrea's grandson). Both were very gracious, before and after the ceremony.

Wrangler Award

Masters of Ceremony, Patrick and Ethan Wayne.

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—An American Library Association Top 10 Western for 2012.

—Finalist for the 2013 Western Writers of America Spur Award

—Finalist for the 2013 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award

—Finalist for the 2014 Will Rogers Medallion Award

—Finalist for the 2014 Elmer Kelton Award from the

   Academy of Western Artist

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-Wrangler and Spur Winner-

Michael Zimmer

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