Spanish Gold on Devil Horse. This is a 2-part serial (45 pages) that was submitted to Argosy and Adventure but rejected by both in 1928.

“Spanish Gold on Devil Horse” piques one’s curiosity as it represents Howard’s maiden venture into fictionalizing the community of Cross Plains. By ingeniously integrating the surrounding geographical features of Caddo Peaks, he crafted a story that saw him, under the pseudonym Mike Costigan, embroiled in a thrilling saga of concealed treasure, illegal liquor dealings, and, predictably, a damsel in dire straits.

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