Short Stories

Peter published his first story in 1938, which propelled his career as a writer of pulp westerns. Although he wrote a few stories under his own name, the bulk of his short stories were published under his primary pseudonym Barry Cord. He also published under the house name Jackson Cole and a variation on his name, Peter Germane. His western shorts were published in a variety of magazines.

In addition to westerns, Peter wrote two mystery stories under his own name, published in the Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.


As a young man, Peter helped type manuscripts for an uncle that wrote westerns, which peaked his interest in the field of writing by the 1930s. Citing Jack London's Martin Eden as a major influence on his decision to become a career writer, Peter wrote for over five decades.  By 1946 Peter became a freelance western writer, publishing works in a variety of mediums and genres.

Typical of the time, Peter Germano wrote under pseudonyms in several genres. Peter penned most of his work as Barry Cord, although he also wrote westerns as James Kane.  Additional work was penned under the publishing house names of Jack Slade, Jackson Cole, and Clay Turner that were shared by many authors.  Willis Todhunter Ballard, among others, wrote under the Slade name. 

Branching out into what he professed his favorite genre, Peter wrote two science fiction novels under the name Jack Bertin.  However, his focus remained the fictional west.  His western novels became the mainstay of his career.

Peter's published westerns spanned from 1948 to 1979 for a total of 48 novels.  During his early career, Peter also wrote several fictional short stories set in the American west.  By the 1960s, he began writing for many western television shows as well.

After writing westerns for decades, Peter helped see that his uncle's science fiction novel was published in 1970.  Later, in 1977 Peter wrote two of his own science fiction novels.  During this period, he also wrote several science fiction television scripts.  Although, overall, Peter's work in this genre pales in comparison to the westerns he completed.

Peter made the transition from novels to television scripts easily. He is quoted in the 1983 publication Twentieth-Century Western Writers, "I've always written my Western sort of like a screenplay (long before I got into writing screenplays), with just enough narrative description to set the physical background of time and place. Maybe this is why I found the transition to screen and teleplay writing easier than some of my contemporaries."

His first television script was sold in 1959 for the series Wanted- Dead or Alive. He wrote for 30, 60, and 90 minute show lengths.

Writing for both western, drama, science-fiction, and children's television, Peter sold scripts to a variety of shows.

Later in his career, Peter wrote scripts for children's programs, including animated cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Jambre Productions. He collaborated on some of these shows with his wife, Muriel.

Along with television, Peter wrote five movie scripts. Three of them, Run, Caesar, Run; Padre; and Bogus Flats, were sold but not produced.