Terry’s first western novelization was for an adaptation of the film “A Town Called Bastard” (1971) using the name William Terry. Following this was “A Fistful of Dollars” in 1972 as Frank Chandler. Again as William Terry he turned out adaptions of “Hannie Caulder” and “Red Sun” both in 1972. He was then commissioned to write four original westerns. He didn’t think he could do it, but he was told he could write and he had seen western films so what more of a background did he need. He later said it was an easy world to get into as long as you keep your guns correct. He researched his subject matter as he went along. When he started to write the ‘Edge’ series he stopped watching westerns on film and TV, fearing he’d copy something he’d seen. Using the name George G. Gilman he began with ‘The Loner” in 1972. The Edge character was completely new to the western book world. He was violent, anti-social, and chauvinistic. He only survived in his Spaghetti Western world by being twice as mean as his opponents. Writing from nine to five, five days a week, Terry could turn out a book in eleven days. After the Edge series he created another anti-hero in Adam Steele. Other characters developed were Jubal Cade, Apache, and Undertaker. In all Terry wrote some 130 westerns in seventeen years, 60 Edge adventures alone.
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