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Rider South, son of Marshal South, is making a very rare appearance in southern California from October 21-30 at several venues including San Diego, El Cajon, Ramona, Julian, Escondido, Oceanside, Borrego Springs, and Palm Desert to talk about his father as a writer and an artist and to celebrate the publication of two of Marshal South’s western novels originally published 70 years ago. The two novels have the Anza-Borrego desert area as the setting for the stories, incorporating local legendry and desert places that Marshal South new well.

After an introduction about the South family and their experiment in primitive living, Rider will answer questions about this very unusual family and its 17-year sojourn on waterless Ghost Mountain. For an event schedule, scroll down or go to:

Of Special interest are the events on Saturday, October 26, in Borrego Springs. It is the 48th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival. Rider South will be in the 10 a.m. parade riding in a 1927 Model T – the same type of vehicle that his father regularly drove between Ghost Mountain and Julian when the family lived on Ghost Mountain. The vehicle will be part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park contingent in the parade. Also there will be a special event that evening at the Borrego Springs Performing Art Center at 7:30 p.m. The cost of admission includes a copy of the new westerns plus a bonus book and a special gift. Following a short presentation on the background of the South family and Marshal South as an artist and writer, Rider South will entertain questions submitted by the audience and discuss anything anyone ever wanted to know about the South family. A special mystery guest will also be there to answer questions.  A reception will follow the presentation. Contact the Anza-Borrego Foundation for tickets as space is limited:  

                The enigmatic Marshal South of California’s Anza-Borrego desert region remains a controversial character to this day. Images he described in Desert Magazine of his family’s experiment in primitive living left a lasting impression that obscured the memory of this man as an acclaimed western novelist. With the publication of Marshal South Rides Again, a new generation is being introduced to these fast-paced, non-stop action cliffhangers that are set in the land he knew best – the desert that surrounded his Ghost Mountain home.


    Marshal South and  Rider South  (left)

The South family of Anza-Borrego’s Ghost Mountain in 1946.













It is an easy read, a fun read, and a book you will not be able to put down. You will feel the desert heat, the suspense, and excitement in two novels that were overlooked for decades, until now. Buy and read this great treasure of western literature.

—Don Bendell, author of number one best-selling western Strongheart

with over 3,000,000 copies of his 26 books in print.



Marshal South was as compelling a man as his writings, and his books were every bit as good as the best works of Zane Grey. Timeless prose and storylines, glowing descriptions and characters—readers would be hard-pressed to find a Western on the bookshelves today that are any better.

—Steven Law, best-selling author of Yuma Gold

and president of ReadWest Foundation


Marshal South is a terrific storyteller; his books are filled with tense situations, intriguing mystery and prose that’ll keep you turning the pages. Western action not to be missed. 


                        —Steve Myall, Western Fiction Review


Major kudos to Sunbelt for giving Marshal South his due place as a major American literary voice, shoulder to shoulder with American Western greats such as Zane Grey and Louis l'Amour, and sharing another piece of the old American Desert West … with a whole new generation of readers.


—Ruth Nolan, Professor of creative writing, College of the Desert,

and editor of No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California's deserts


Marshal South knows how to rivet your attention right from the first page with foreboding, exciting scenes. That skill evidences itself nowhere better than in these two novels….Robbery Range in particular gives us the very finest work of this unjustly forgotten author whose own life makes a fine tale in itself.

                        —Fred Woodworth, Mystery & Adventure Series Review




Monday, October 21      San Diego Natural History Museum , 6:30 p.m. – 1 hour  presentation

Canyoneers , Mission Trail Guides, Museum volunteers and staff

                                                Parker/French Classroom, First floor


Tuesday, October 22     Rotary Club of El Cajon, 12 noon – 30 minute presentation

                                                Ronald Reagan Community Center

                                                195 E. Douglas Ave, El Cajon

                                                Public invited but must pay for lunch  


Julian Library, 6 pm – 1 hour presentation

                                               Julian, CA (Hwy 78)


                                                Open to the public


Wed, October 23             Oceanside Public Library, 5:30 pm – 1 hour presentation

330 N Coast Highway

Oceanside CA 92054

Open to the public


Thurs, October 24           Rancho San Diego Library, 6:30 p.m. – 1 hour presentation

                                               San Diego County Library

Rancho San Diego Branch

11555 Via Rancho San Diego El Cajon, CA 92019

619-660-5370 – library general number

Open to the public


Friday, October 25          Point Loma Rotary, 12:10 p.m. – 30 minute presentation

San Diego Yacht Club

1011 Anchorage Lane, San Diego, CA 92106

Public invited but must pay for lunch – call Sunbelt Publications to reserve space


Sat, October 26                Borrego Days Desert Festival – 10 a.m. parade begins

                                                Rider will ride in 1927 Model T driven


ABF BS Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. – 1 hour presentation

Anza-Borrego Foundation

587 Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 111

PO Box 2001, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

$35 public/$30 ABF members – includes books and a special gift


Sun, October 27              ABF field trip to Ghost Mountain, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

                                              Revisiting Ghost Mountain with Rider South

                                              SOLD OUT!


Canebrake Community Center, 2:30 pm – 1 hour presentation

Canebrake Community Hwy S-2


Mon, October 28            Escondido Library, 6 p.m.  – 1 hour presentation

                                              239 S Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025

                                              Open to the public


Tues, October 29              Ramona Club Rotary, 12 noon – 30 minute presentation

Meet at the Ramona Valley Grill

344 Main Street in Ramona

public can attend but must pay for lunch


                                                Palm Desert Library, Community Room, 6:30pm – 1 hour presentation

73-300 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92660

Library: 760-346-6552

(sponsored by College of the Desert)

                                                open to the public


Wed, October 30             San Diego History Museum, 6-7 p.m. – 1 hour presentation

                                                1649 El Prado #3 San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 232-6203

Open to the public




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