FFB: The Edgar Winners - In Reference to Murder

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April 28, 2017


Todd Mason

Remarkable, isn't it, given how the MWA published no few anthologies as fundraisers over the years, the SFWA has published Nebula-winner/nominated volumes nearly from the beginning of their existence, and THE HUGO WINNERS was a consistent winner for Doubleday, that it took so long for this book to happen...and I'll have to Go Look to see if there have been successors.

Todd Mason

In fact, obviously, 32 anthologies before this one...

And Block won this year, as you know..

Todd Mason

Warner Law did a small slew of tv scripts, a number of stories for PLAYBOY, and generally probably did a lot of journalism or something else along with these to keep body and soul together.

BV Lawson

Todd, there are probably tons of rights issues involved, which may have been part of the problems. On the other hand, I know that MWA has published several anthologies of new crime stories by its members over the past decade or two. They skipped last year, though, and I haven't seen any calls for submissions this year yet.

BV Lawson

Yes, Warner Law did write some scripts (according to IMDB), but it's a shame there wasn't a large body of crime short fiction and novels. At least, I don't think he published under a pen name?

Todd Mason

Not as far as I know, but I haven't looked too hard yet. I enjoyed his stories as they popped up in "Hitchcock" anthologies and the like over the years.

I suspect that for some reason no one at the MWA though it would be a good idea, or good enough to do as specially designated project rather than the typical annual book. Most of the annual books, IIRC, mixed new and reprinted stories...I know I've had a few come my way, such as TALES FOR A RAINY NIGHT and the unenlightened title DOLLS ARE MURDER.

Todd Mason

Here's what the FictionMags Index has for Law so far:
LAW, WARNER (1919?-1979) (chron.)
* The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale, (ss) The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Apr 1973
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Dec 2008
* The Chef’s Story, (ss) Playboy Mar 1972
* A Gift from the Fakir, (ss) The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Jan 1975
* The Harry Hastings Method, (ss) Playboy Apr 1971
* Just My Luck, (ss) Playboy Oct 1974
* Lincoln’s Doctor’s Son’s Dog, (ss) Playboy Mar 1970
* The Man Who Fooled the World, (nv) The Saturday Evening Post Aug 24 1968
* Payoff on Double Zero, (nv) Playboy Oct 1971
* The Terrible Events in Santa Barbara, (ss) Playboy Nov 1972
* The Thousand-Dollar Cup of Crazy German Coffee, (ss) Playboy May 1969

BV Lawson

Wow, thanks for researching this, Todd! Looks like it might be hard to find a lot of these stories, though, unless I can get digital archives through my local library. Worth a try, I'd say ...

Todd Mason

I wouldn't be surprised if the "Coffee" item for PLAYBOY isn't actually nonfiction misidentified. You're quite welcome.

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