Henry Wilson Allen

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Henry Wilson Allen
Born (1912-09-12)September 12, 1912
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
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Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Occupation Writer, Screenwriter
Genre Western fiction

Henry Wilson Allen (September 12, 1912 – October 26, 1991) was an American author and screenwriter. He used several different pseudonyms for his works. His 50+ novels of the American West were published under the pen names Will Henry and Clay Fisher. Allen's screenplays and scripts for animated shorts were credited to Heck Allen and Henry Allen.


Henry Wilson Allen was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Before he began his writing career he worked variously as a stablehand, shop clerk, and gold miner.[1] In 1937 he began working as a contract screenwriter for MGM animation division. While his early work was for Harman and Ising's "Barney Bear" series, his longest collaboration was with director Tex Avery. Allen was credited as story artist on many classic Avery shorts, included Swing Shift Cinderella, King-Size Canary, and The First Bad Man, among many others. Allen downplayed his contributions to the shorts, claiming that Avery merely used him as a sounding board for his own ideas.[2]

Allen's career as a novelist began in 1952, with the publication of his first Western No Survivors. Allen, afraid that the studio would disapprove of his moonlighting, used a pen-name to avoid trouble.[3] He would go on to publish over 50 novels, eight of which were adapted for the screen. Most of these were published under one or the other of the pseudonyms Will Henry and Clay Fisher. Allen was a five-time winner of the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America and a recipient of the Levi Strauss Award for lifetime achievement.

Allen died of pneumonia on October 26, 1991 in Van Nuys, California. He was 79.

Partial bibliography

  • No Survivors, 1950
  • "Red Blizzard", 1951
  • "Wolf-Eye, The Bad One", 1951 (For Children)
  • Santa Fe Passage, 1952 ("Santa Fe Passage", filmed in 1955)
  • "To Follow a Flag", 1953 (republished as "Pillars of the Sky"), ("Pillars of the Sky", filmed in 1956)
  • "War Bonnet", 1953
  • "Yellow Hair", 1953
  • Death of a Legend, 1954 (republished as "The Raiders")
  • "The Fourth Horseman", 1954
  • The Tall Men, 1954 (The Tall Men, filmed in 1955)
  • The Big Pasture, 1955
  • The Brass Command", 1955
  • Who Rides with Wyatt, 1955 (Young Billy Young, filmed in 1969)
  • Red Brother and White, 1955
  • The Blue Mustang, 1956
  • The North Star, 1956 (republished as "Blind canon") (filmed as Tashunga (also released as The North Star)), 1996)
  • The Texas Rangers, 1957 (For Children)
  • Yellowstone Kelly, 1957 (Yellowstone Kelly, filmed in 1959)
  • "The Seven Men at Mimbres Spring", 1958
  • "The Crossing", 1958
  • "Orphan of the North", 1958 (For Children)
  • From Where the Sun Now Stands, 1960 (Spur Award Winner) (The Saddleman Award), 1961
  • Journey to Shiloh, 1960 (Journey to Shiloh, filmed in 1968)
  • "Nino: The Legend of Apache Kid", 1961
  • "The Return of the Tall Man", 1961
  • The Feleen Brand, 1962
  • "San Juan Hill", 1962
  • "The Pitchfork Patrol", 1962
  • "The Gates of the Mountains", 1963 (Spur Award Winner)
  • MacKenna's Gold, 1963 (Mackenna's Gold, filmed in 1969)
  • "Valley of the Bear", 1964 (For Children)
  • In the Land of the Mandans, 1965 (For Children)
  • The Last Warpath, 1966
  • Custer's Last Stand: The Story of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1966
  • "Sons of the Western frontier, 1968
  • "Genesis Five"
  • One More River to Cross, 1967
  • "Alias Butch Cassidy"
  • "Maheo's Children: The Legend of Little Dried River, 1968 (republished as "The Squaw killers")
  • "The Day Fort Larking Fell, 1968
  • Genesis Five, 1968
  • Outlaws and Legends, 1969
  • "Tayopa!", 1968
  • "See How They Run", 1970
  • Starbuck, 1972
  • Chiricahua, 1972 (Spur Award winner)
  • "Outcasts of Canyon Creek"
  • The Bear Paw Horses, 1973
  • "Apache Ransom", 1974
  • Sex and Pain, 1975
  • I, Tom Horn, 1975
  • "Black Apache"
  • From Where the Twilight Zone, 1976
  • Summer of the Gun, 1978
  • "Nine Lives West", 1978
  • "Seven Card Stud", 1981
  • The Legend of Sotoju Mountain, 2002
  • Winter Shadows, 2003
  • The Hunkpapa Scout, 2004
  • The Scout, 2005
  • Medicine Road, 2006

Attributed quotes

  • Further specificity, citation or even debunking (of course) welcomed

“The wishbone will never replace the backbone.”[4]


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  4. Harrison, Todd, "Pick a Side or Stand Aside", Minyanville, November 16, 2011 8:00 am. Retrieved 2011-11-16.

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