“A Gent from Bear Creek” is the title of both an original short story, as well as a novel created by combining several previous short stories with some new material; the previously published short stories were altered a little to create chapters with a continuous storyline, and new material was added as additional chapters.
This short story was altered slightly to become Chapter 5 of the novel, A Gent From Bear Creek.
From the letters:
In a letter (#299) to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. September 1934 he mentions the story:
I sent you a couple of magazines under separate cover, which you’ve doubtless got by this time. The paragraphs marked with a pencil in “Gent From Bear Creek” are not mine. The enthusiasm of the editor prompted him to insert them. They doubtless help the story.
- ACTION STORIES Volume 12 Number 10 , Fiction House, Inc., October 1934
- THE SUMMIT COUNTY JOURNAL, December 20, 27, 1968; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28, 1969 (15-part serial, similar to book version)
- THE NEW HOWARD READER #4, Marek, January 1999 (original magazine version)
- THE COMPLETE ACTION STORIES, Hermanthis, November 2001
- THE COMPLETE ACTION STORIES, Wildside Press, November 2003
- THE COMPLETE ACTION STORIES, Wildside Press, January 2005
- THE BRECKENRIDGE ELKINS STORIES, Jame-Books, August 2012
- THE MISADVENTURES OF BRECKINRIDGE ELKINS, Nuelow Games, August 2012
- ROBERT E. HOWARD’S COLLECTED WORKS, Jame-Books, February 2013
- A GENT FROM BEAR CREEK, Fiction House Press, February 2015
- THE ADVENTURES OF BRECKINRIDGE ELKINS VOLUME 1, REH Foundation Press, August 2016
- A ROBERT E. HOWARD SAMPLER, Robert Derie & Chris Gruber, June 2018