Charles Alden Seltzer

Charles Alden Seltzer (August 15, 1875 – February 9, 1942) was an American writer. He was a prolific author of western novels, had writing credits for more than a dozen film titles, and authored numerous stories published in magazines, most prominently in Argosy.[1]

Charles Alden Seltzer
BornAugust 15, 1875
Janesville, Wisconsin
DiedFebruary 9, 1942 (aged 66)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting placeSunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted, Ohio
GenreWestern novels, screenplays
Argosy 191709
Seltzer's novel Riddle Gawne was serialized in The Argosy in 1917


Seltzer was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, the son of Lucien B. Seltzer and Oceania Hart of Columbus, Ohio. Before becoming a successful writer, he was variously a newsboy, telegraph messenger, painter, carpenter and manager of the circulation of a newspaper, building inspector, editor of a small newspaper, and an appraiser.

He married Ella Seltzer, and they had three sons and two daughters. His son, Louis B. Seltzer, later editor of the Cleveland Press, recalled that the family was quite poor when his father was struggling to break into the writing profession (he wrote two hundred stories before receiving an acceptance). During this time, Seltzer's wife brought him wrapping paper from the butcher to write on.[2]

In addition to Argosy, Seltzer's work also appeared in Adventure, Short Stories, Blue Book, The Outing Magazine, Western Story Magazine [3] and the US edition of Pearson's Magazine. [4]

Seltzer wrote his westerns from the experience of five years living in New Mexico. Towards the end of his life, he was also elected mayor of North Olmsted, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, from 1930 to 1935.[5]


  • The Council of Three (1900) – first book
  • The Range Riders (1911)
  • The Two-Gun Man (1911)
  • The Triangle cupid (1912)
  • The Coming of the law (1912)
  • The Boss of the Lazy Y (1915)
  • The Range boss (1916)
  • The Vengeance of Jefferson Gawne (1917)
  • “Firebrand” Trevison (1918)
  • The Ranchman (1919)
  • The Trail to yesterday (1919)
  • The Trail Horde (1920)
  • Beau Rand (1921)
  • “Drag” Harlan (1921)
  • West! (1922)
  • The Way of the buffalo (1924)
  • Last Hope Ranch (1925)
  • Channing comes through (1925)
  • "Slow" Burgess (1926)
  • Land of the Free (1927)
  • The Mesa (1928)
  • Mystery range (1928)
  • Brass commandments (1928)
  • The Valley of the stars (1928)
  • The Gentleman from Virginia (1928)
  • The Red Brand (1929)
  • The Raider (1929)
  • Gone North (1930)
  • A Son of Arizona (1931)
  • Double Cross Ranch (1932)
  • War On Wishbone Range (1932)
  • Lonesome Ranch (1933)
  • Clear the Trail (1933)
  • West of Apache Pass (1934)
  • Silver Spurs (1935)
  • Kingdom in the cactus (1936)
  • Parade of the empty boots (1937)
  • Treasure ranch (1940)
  • Arizona Jim (1942)
  • So long, sucker (1943)


  1. ^ "Charles Alden Seltzer: the Men who make The Argosy". Pulp Rack. Archived from the original on January 10, 2005. Retrieved April 5, 2011. reprinting March 22, 1930 profile in The Argosy.
  2. ^ "Crusading Seltzer was Compassionate Dynamo". Lakewood Sun Post. April 20, 1989. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  3. ^ Ed Hulse, The Blood 'n' Thunder Guide to Collecting Pulps . Murania Press, 2009. ISBN 0-9795955-0-9 (pp. 137-141 )
  4. ^ Charles Alden Seltzer Archived November 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine at the Fictionmags Index.
  5. ^ "Charles Alden Seltzer House" (PDF). North Olmsted.

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Altus Press

Altus Press is a publisher of works primarily related to the pulp magazines from the 1910s to the 1950s.

Argosy (magazine)

Argosy, later titled The Argosy and Argosy All-Story Weekly, was an American pulp magazine from 1882 through 1978, published by Frank Munsey. It is the first American pulp magazine. The magazine began as a children's weekly story–paper entitled The Golden Argosy.

Armed Services Editions

Armed Services Editions (ASEs) were small paperback books of fiction and nonfiction that were distributed in the American military during World War II. From 1943 to 1947, some 122 million copies of more than 1,300 ASE titles were distributed to servicemembers, with whom they were enormously popular. The ASEs were edited and printed by the Council on Books in Wartime (CBW), an American non-profit organization, in order to provide entertainment to soldiers serving overseas, while also educating them about political, historical, and military issues. The slogan of the CBW was: "Books are weapons in the war of ideas."

Brass Commandments

Brass Commandments is a 1923 American silent western film directed by Lynn Reynolds and starring William Farnum, Wanda Hawley and Tom Santschi.

J. Gordon Edwards filmography

J. Gordon Edwards (1867–1925) was a Canadian American film director, screenwriter, and producer of the silent era. His oeuvre consists of over fifty feature films made between 1914 and 1924. He is perhaps best known for directing twenty-four films starring vamp actress Theda Bara—including Cleopatra, her most famous role— and also the 1921 epic The Queen of Sheba. Edwards was born in Montreal and educated at a military academy with the expectation that he would pursue a career as a British Army officer. He decided against a life in the military in favor of a future in theater. At the time, the Canadian theater and film industry was limited primarily to repertory theatre, so Edwards became one of many to emigrate to the United States to work in the field. He had a short career as an actor before becoming a stage director. By 1910, he was working for American motion picture producer William Fox, who sent him to Europe to study film production.In 1914, the Balboa Amusement Producing Company produced the drama St. Elmo. Balboa was not a film distributor, and had a standing agreement to sell its films to Fox's Box Office Attractions Company for distribution. Some modern writers credit this film as Edwards's directorial debut. However, contemporary sources named Bertram Bracken in that role, as does the American Film Institute. Aubrey Solomon's history of the Fox Film Corporation states Bracken "reportedly" directed. Regardless of Edwards's role in St. Elmo, he was chosen to direct Life's Shop Window (1914), Box Office Attractions' first film as a production company rather than merely a distributor.The following year, the Box Office Attractions name was replaced with the newly incorporated Fox Film Corporation. Edwards remained one of the studio's most important directors and one of William Fox's closest advisers. He became known for his epic filmmaking and for a permissive approach to directing his starring cast, an attitude that led Bara's biographer to compare him to Alfred Hitchcock. Often, that cast included Bara, whose films with him include Under Two Flags (1916), the epic historical drama Cleopatra (1917), and A Woman There Was (1919).

Despite his influential role in the early days of Fox Films, the financial success of many of his movies, and public recognition of his talent as his director—compared by one contemporary reviewer to D. W. Griffith—Edwards is now mostly forgotten. Nearly all of his work is lost, including all of the titles he was best known for. Film historian Kevin Brownlow described him as a "lost name of film history".

List of Armed Services Editions

Armed Services Editions (ASEs) were small paperback books of fiction and nonfiction that were distributed in the American military during World War II. From 1943 to 1947, some 122 million copies of more than 1,300 ASE titles were published and printed by the Council on Books in Wartime (CBW) and distributed to servicemembers, with whom they were enormously popular.

This list of all 1,322 ASEs is based, unless otherwise indicated, on the data in appendix B to Molly Guptill Manning's book When Books Went To War (2014), a history of the ASEs and related efforts to promote wartime reading in the United States. Some full author names are taken from the list in the appendix to John Y. Cole's study of the ASEs from 1984.

Louis B. Seltzer

Louis Benson Seltzer (September 19, 1897 – April 2, 1980) was an American journalist who was editor-in-chief of the Cleveland Press, a now-defunct daily newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966. As editor of the Press, Seltzer became one of the most powerful and most well-known citizens of Cleveland, earning the nickname "Mr. Cleveland". Under Seltzer's leadership, the Press gained the largest circulation of any newspaper in Ohio and cultivated a reputation as a "fighting paper" that "fought like hell for the people".

As editor of the Press, Seltzer emphasized the public service aspect of the paper and "vigorously developed the notion that his reporters were watchdogs for the public over political and governmental affairs". He also gained a reputation as a "kingmaker" for his successful sponsorship of numerous local politicians, including Cleveland mayors Anthony Celebrezze and Frank J. Lausche, who later became governor of Ohio and a U.S. senator. Seltzer was the subject of both glowing praise and harsh criticism, particularly for his extensive coverage of the trial of Sam Sheppard.

Northern (genre)

The Northern or Northwestern is a genre in various arts which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the north of North America, primarily in Canada but also in Alaska. It is similar to the Western genre but many elements are different, as appropriate to its setting. It is common for central character to be a Mountie instead of a cowboy or sheriff. Other common characters include fur trappers and traders, lumberjacks, prospectors, First Nations people, settlers and townsfolk.

International interest in the region and the genre was fuelled by the Klondike Gold Rush (1896–99) and subsequent works surrounding it, fiction and non-fiction. The genre was extremely popular in the inter-war years of the twentieth century. Northerns are still produced but popularity waned in the late 1950s.

Pulp magazine

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. In contrast, magazines printed on higher-quality paper were called "glossies" or "slicks". The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7 inches (18 cm) wide by 10 inches (25 cm) high, and 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges.

The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction in reference to run-of-the-mill, low-quality literature. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were best known for their lurid, exploitative, and sensational subject matter. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps"; pulp magazines often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters, such as Flash Gordon, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Phantom Detective.

Square Deal Sanderson

Square Deal Sanderson is a 1919 American silent western film directed by William S. Hart and Lambert Hillyer, written by Lambert Hillyer and Charles Alden Seltzer, and starring William S. Hart, Ann Little, Frank Whitson, Lloyd Bacon, Edwin Wallock and Tom O'Brien. It was released on June 15, 1919, by Paramount Pictures. A print of the film is held by the Library of Congress and in other film archives.

The Trail to Yesterday

The Trail to Yesterday is a 1918 American silent western film directed by Edwin Carewe and starring Bert Lytell and Anna Q. Nilsson. It was produced by and distributed by Metro Pictures. It is based on a novel, The Trail to Yesterday (1913), by Charles Alden Seltzer. A nitrate fragment of the print is held by EYE Institut/Filmmuseum, Netherlands.

Treat 'Em Rough (1919 film)

For the 1942 film starring Eddie Albert and William Frawley, see Treat 'Em Rough.

Treat 'Em Rough is a 1919 American western film starring Tom Mix and directed by Lynn Reynolds, who also wrote the screenplay based upon a novel by Charles Alden Seltzer. The supporting cast includes Jane Novak and Val Paul. The picture was filmed in Prescott, Arizona. Mix plays a gunfighter who is hired to stop a gang of cattle rustlers. Mix's stunt work in this film was so impressive that a Variety reviewer suggested that trick photography was involved.

Western Story Magazine

Western Story Magazine was a pulp magazine published by Street & Smith, which ran from 1919 to 1949. It was the first of numerous pulp magazines devoted to Western fiction. In its heyday, Western Story Magazine was one of the most successful pulp magazines; in 1921 the magazine was selling over half a million copies each issue. The headquarters was in New York City.

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