Friday's Forgotten Books - Exeunt Murderers - In Reference to Murder

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October 15, 2010


Patti Abbott

I read many of his books and reviews in the NYT long before I heard of Bouchercon. Great review of his work, Bonnie.

George Kelley

Thanks for mentioning my review of THE ANTHONY BOUCHER CHRONICLES! Boucher is an underrated writer who deserves a wider audience.

Todd Mason

And not only did he review for the CHRONICLE (he was nearly a lifelong San Franciscan), and for the TIMES (and simultaneously for the NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE under another pseudonym), and for founding Pacifica Radio station KPFA, but he also conducted an opera program for Pacifica that they syndicated widely beyond their small network of stations...and, as Bill Crider's FFB notes today, he co-founded THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, with one of my FFB's editors, J. Francis McComas.

And Edwin Baird, the first editor of WEIRD TALES, held a Lot of grudges against his readers...

BV Lawson

Thanks for adding some of Boucher's other credits, Todd! I debated how much to include, as I feared making the posting into a book, but his achievements are SO impressive for such a short life -- and from someone who was ill during most of it. He's still an inspiration, and I think having the largest U.S. mystery/crime conference named for him is especially fitting.

BV Lawson

I enjoyed reading your previous review about the "Anthony Boucher Chronicles," George. This is an appropriate time for folks to revisit it, and I hope they do! (And I apologize for spelling your surname as Kelly instead of Kelley). I'll blame my keyboard...

Todd Mason

Indeed. And we both failed to mention Bocher's volumes of BEST DETECTIVE STORIES OF THE YEAR, his last editorial post, some of that overlapping with his editorial work on the interesting TV series SUSPENSE THEATER (currently visible on the Retro TV network)...and by 1927, it was Farnsworth Wright who was exercising grudges against the readership at WEIRD TALES...Dorothy McIlwraith's years are more favored by me...

And I'd blame Blogger, if yours was a Blogger's been fighting me all morning...

Evan Lewis

I've enjoyed the Holmes radio shows he worked on, but still have not read a word of his fiction. Embarrassing.

BV Lawson

Since Boucher unfortunately didn't leave us too many of his own fiction works, a handful of novels and stories, that's not surprising, Evan. I hadn't, either, but was inspired by George Kelley's review of the novel and stumbling across the book of Boucher stories in my local public library.

Paul D. Brazill

Really intersting post. Intersting man.

BV Lawson

Indeed, Paul. The more I read about him, the more I'm in awe of what he accomplished and how multi-layered he was in his interests.

Martin Edwards

I have this book, and I agree entirely - a fascinating chap.

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