Gary Winstead, the youngest of eleven children, was born in 1948 and grew up in Pontiac, Illinois, an obscure farm town in the middle of the Illinois Farm Belt. At the age of eighteen, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served for four years, rising to the rank of Corporal (E-4), before earning his honourable discharge. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in physical education, a Master’s in educational administration from California State University, Fullerton, and a PhD in Veterinary Science.
Gary is the award-winning director of a short film adapted from his story The Pony No-one Could Ride which appeared in Volume 1 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies, Glodwyn’s Treasure Chest, and Frogmore International, based on his story of that name in Volume 4, Consuming Tales.He lives in California.
Murder in Auburn
When diminutive rodeo cowboy Trell Johnson is killed trying to protect a girl from her attacker, the authorities in Auburn try for a quick fix to prevent bad publicity for the rodeo competition. His friends take matters into their own hands, but the apparent indifference of the police hides corruption in high places. Detective Mark Wilson survives an attempt on his life and smells a rat when he is given extended “recuperation” leave. What is the connection between the mysterious death of a local investigative reporter and the personable mayor of the little town? Why is he trying to oust Chief of Police Markland in such a hurry, and can police and cowboys unravel the mystery before they run out of eye witnesses?
The Chukar Fiasco, and Kippy
Two stories in one book.
In The Chukar Fiasco, Cutter the cowboy has qualms about having agreed to go partidge shooting with Crazy Dave.
Kippy is the story of a bad-tempered Angora goat: Cutter gets more than he bargained for when he takes Kippy on as a weed-mower!
Two humorous stories from Gary R. Winstead to make you smile.
A Dream Come True
It is every cowboy’s dream to win the world title at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. This year, will saddle bronc rider Chance Morgan’s dream come true?
420 High School
Dear readers, welcome to the very first edition of 420 High. Come with us now to the wonderful home of the Tokers, where no teacher gets angry – and lots of snacks are sold as fundraisers.
This tongue-in-cheek comic book series illustrated by the talented Jack Chua kicks off at the start of a new term at 420 High, where a wonderful laid-back attitude prevails, and horticulture and science take on a whole new meaning …
A Cowboy’s Tall Tales
Follow the adventures of a young Cowboy as he grows into old age.
Delightfully humorous short stories taken from the life of working cowboy Cutter Wilson, better known to his peers as Cutter the Lonesome Cowboy.
So You Want to Be a Marine?
An autobiography by GARY WINSTEAD
Living a life of poverty and desperation I took a chance and did what so many of my peers did: joined the Marines just as Vietnam was heating up.
I fully expected to make a career of the Marines but was soon faced with unbelievable sadism, arrogance, incompetence and outright brutality. The Marine Corps I had hoped to love proved to be an organization run in an authoritarian, “Because I said so” manner, not at all like I had envisioned. If you were a suck up you were promoted; should you question the obvious it was either Mess Duty or lack of promotion or worse, Vietnam. Such is my story.
There were characters that came in and out of my life like actors in a Woody Allen movie: W.B. from Pittsburg, “Born to lead, not to be led so don’t be mis-led.” Disappeared one day and never returned. There was the drug smoking Pitt who, while on guard duty in Vietnam, decided to get high and leave a Chu Lai New Guy high and dry at an outpost.
Thieves, liars, drug addicts and more pulled at my heart strings until I made the ultimate decision.
I endured four years of indifferent and sadistic leadership coupled with the absurdities of an organization that rewards group think and obedience over individuality and integrity.
420 High School, Christmas Edition
We rejoin the wonderfully laid-back staff of 420 High, home of the Tokers, at the start of the Wrestling season. The holidays are upon us. What could go wrong?
Gary Winstead’s tongue-in-cheek comic book series illustrated by Inetta Bennett continues the story as the staff prepare to engage in a winter wrestling competition, aided by the ever-present Doobie.
Illustrated by Inetta Paola
Zeke & Zumba the Dragon
The tiny town of Kalipso sits on the farthest island west on the Island Camotes. It has always been a peaceful town, with warm loving people and beautiful sunsets. Life is quiet and uneventful until that fateful day.
High in the mountains of Mindanao is a cave that holds a long forgotten creature with evil intent. The Sigbin lives only to make others suffer and it is about to awaken from centuries old sleep.
At the same time a child is born who will forever change life in Kalipso.
Darkness descends and it is up to the child to turn darkness into light. Can Zeke and his pet dragon save the town? Will Zumba be strong enough? The answers await within.
Riding through Life with love by my side
Life is a struggle, a journey with a beginning, middle, and an end, and one must experience it to the fullest. Life taught Gary a great lesson. Enjoy every moment while you can, get out of your web. Explore life or you may find out too late that you missed out on the great times.
Alzheimer’s, it creeps in like a fog at night, blanketing you in a shroud of confusion. It doesn’t ask for permission to take a ride inside your brain. It sneaks in and steals everything from you.
Married to the love of his life for 46 1/2 years, Gary learns the hard way what the term “Cowboy Up” really means as he and Faye face this last difficult ride together.
Glodwyn’s Treasure Chest
The Pony No-one Could Ride is a short story by Gary in the first Crimson Cloak Anthology.
Steps in Time
Diablo Blanco is a short story by Gary in the second Crimson Cloak anthology.
Frogmore International, is Gary’s short story in volume 4 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies.
Santa’s Little Helpers
Saleh’s Gift is Gary’s short story in Volume 5 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies.
Tides and Tails
911, What is your Emergency? and Baby Girl are short stories by Gary in Volume 7 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies.
The Luckiest Man in Vietnam: (Marines 0, VC 1), is a short story by Gary in Crimson Endings.
Gary’s short stories The Auction and Black Star can be found in Equine Adventures, volume 8 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies.
The Cat with the Crooked Tail is Gary’s short story in
FELINE FANCIES, volume 9 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies.
Den of Dragons
Gary’s story ZEKE AND THE ZUMBA DANCING DRAGON appears in this anthology.