Cowboys, Cops, Killers, and Ghosts
This Publication of the Texas Folklore Society has something for
everyone. The first section features a good bit of occupational lore,
including articles on cowboys—both legendary ones and the relatively
unknown men who worked their trade day by day wherever they could.
You’ll also find a unique, personal look at a famous outlaw and learn
about a teacher’s passion for encouraging her students to discover their
own family culture, as well as unusual weddings, somewhat questionable
ways to fish, and one woman’s love affair with a bull.
The backbone of the PTFS series has always been miscellanies—diverse
examinations of the many types of lore found throughout Texas and the
Southwest. These books offer a glimpse of what goes on at our annual
meetings, as the best of the papers presented are frequently selected
for our publications. Of course, the presentations are only a part of
what the Society does at the meetings, but reading these publications
offers insight into our members’ interests in everything from bikers and
pioneers of Tejana music to serial killers and simple folk from
small-town Texas. These works also suggest the importance of the
“telling of the tale,” with an emphasis on oral tradition, as well as
some of the customs we share. All of these things together— the focus on
tradition at our meetings, the fellowship among members, and the
diversity of our research—are what sustain the Texas Folklore Society.