Thursday, October 30, 2014

Galen C. Colin (1890-1973)

Author, Printer
Born September 5, 1890, Argonia, Kansas
Died June 14, 1973, Tucson, Arizona

Galen Cyril Colin was born on September 5, 1890, in Argonia, Kansas, and lived most of his life in Wichita where he worked as a printer. Colin wrote dozens of stories for Western pulps from 1927 to 1951, some under the Wild West Weekly house name of Collins Hafford. His work appeared in Cowboy Stories, Lariat Story Magazine, The Lone Ranger Magazine, Popular Western, Thrilling Western, Wild West Weekly, and others. Colin also wrote novels. A partial list:
  • Storm King Rides (1933)
  • The Lobos of Devil's Sink (1939)
  • Battling Buckaroos (1940)
  • Ramrod of the K Bar (1940)
  • Dry Gulch (1942)
  • Lone-Wolf Lawman (1943)
  • Rio Red (1944)
  • Home Spread (1951)
  • Buzzards of Bitter Creek
His four stories for Weird Tales have intriguing titles: "Snake" (Jan. 1924), "Eyes" (May/June/July 1924), "The Song Eternal" (Dec. 1924), and "Teeth" (Apr. 1926). "Teeth" was reprinted in the British anthology More Not at Night, edited by Christine Campbell Thomson (1926) and in a paperback edition called Not at Night (1960).

Galen C. Colin died on June 14, 1973, in Tucson, Arizona, and was buried at East Lawn Palms Cemetery and Mortuary in Tucson.

Galen C. Colin's Stories in Weird Tales
"Snake" (Jan. 1924)
"Eyes" (May/June/July 1924)
"The Song Eternal" (Dec. 1924)
"Teeth" (Apr. 1926)

Further Reading
None known.

Storm King Rides (1933)
Battling Buckaroos (1940)
Flyin' M Buckaroo, a British edition (date unknown). Observers and fans have asked the question Is science fiction dying?, but has anybody asked Are Westerns dying? Does anyone care in the same way they care about science fiction? Put another way, why should science fiction hold a special place when other genres have fallen by the wayside? Why are there no more railroad stories, boxing stories, or Oriental adventure stories? Did those genres have their time and place and should now be relegated to the past? If so, why shouldn't science fiction also have had its glory, now past? 
Not at Night (1960), with Galen C. Colin's story "Teeth."

Text copyright 2014 Terence E. Hanley


  1. Galen C. Colin is my Grandfather. He did pass away in Tucson, AZ. This is awesome that you have this page on him. Thank you for bringing back so many good memories!!

    1. Thanks, Julie,

      I'm glad you enjoyed my article. I have updated the information therein.


  2. I found this site while researching Collins Hafford. Now I know it was a pseudonym of Galen Collin! Thanks! I am posting a collection of his stories for sale on Ebay published in Wild West Weekly in 1931 that were bound into a book. I just listed two of the books of 54 stories by Collins Hafford, and I have one more book of stories yet to post where he uses his real name. What a great author!