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June 07, 2019

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Todd Mason

And while "Boucher" was reviewing crime fiction in the NEW YORK TIMES, he was also as "H. H. Holmes" reviewing df in the NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE, which he barely outlasted. Of course, he and his TRUE CRIME DETECTIVE co-founder and co-editor J. Francis McComas also edited THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, for the first five years with "Mick" and then for five more years on his own...and was editing the BEST DETECTIVE STORIES OF THE YEAR by shortly after leaving F&SF...and was story consultant on KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATER on NBC-TV in the early '60s as well.

And he was the first to translate and publish Jorge Luis Borge in English, for EQMM, no less. Thanks for doing this collection!

Todd Mason

Holmes, of course, was the pseudonym used by the "Devil in the White CIty" mass-murderer, whose real name might've been Herman W. Mudgett (but there's a good chance it wasn't, but it's another name he used). So, White/"Boucher" would sign little filler bits of doggerel in F&SF magazine...possibly TRUE CRIME DETECTIVE as well...as by Mudgett.

BV Lawson

Thanks for the added info, Todd! I am still amazed at how much Boucher was able to cram into one relatively short lifespan. Truly inspiring to me, and I think having Bouchercon named after him is entirely appropriate. I haven't read much of his writing in other genres, but I will definitely seek them out soon.

Todd Mason

Indeed...you van do worse than a collection such as THE COMPLEAT WEREWOLF AND OTHER STORIES. In the course of typoing Borges's name above, I didn't even get around to the literary workshops he'd conduct in his home, with young writers such as Ron Goulart or the recently late Dennis Etchison getting a leg up...or his conducting a program of opera music with his historical and related commentary on the Pacifica Radio network in the '50s and '60s, heard on the Pacifica stations and affiliates.

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