someone else take your name and let him publish a story must be
daunting for a writer. Especially one with the
success rate of Ellery Queen. Equally daunting for the ghostwriter who has to set aside a possible claim to fame... It was not something that happened overnight and it wasn't always clear-cut. Since 1950 Dannay and Lee had been recruiting and training ghostwriters they already had used on some juvenile adaptations of Queen movies and radio shows. In the late 60s Manfred suffered a series of heart attacks which forced him to lose a great deal of weight. Lee started developing among other ailments writer's block so they turned to a well-tried method.
Many of the authors who wrote the EQ paperback originals were connected with Manhunt magazine, a project of Scott Meredith, the EQ agent and who used other authors in his stable on the paperbacks. This procedure was applied for the production of genuine Queen books as for paperback originals (which had no Ellery in them).
(b. Apr 23,1923 - d.May 8.1993)
is the author of 17 novels and over 200 short stories. Davidson, born in
Yonkers, N.Y, wrote Fantasy
Fiction novels in addition to mysteries. Davidson's first widely recognized story appeared
in 1954, although he had been writing for several years before that. For a few years
(1962-1965), he edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. A Davidson
story appeared in EQMM in April of 1957, which may be what attracted Ellery
Queen to Mr. Davidson. Reportedly when a friend asked Avram to sign
one of the Ellery Queen books, he said something along the
lines of, "I've never signed one of these before. What the heck"
(Bulletin of Bibliography 1996-03)
Davidson won quite a few awards, including the Edgar and the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. He died in Bremerton, Washington.
* Death Spins the Platter - Wife or Death - The Copper
Frame - Shoot the Scene -
Fletcher Flora (1914-1968) wrote various
"sensational" stories during the 40's and 50's. Flora started
writing right at the end of the pulp era, for magazines like
Dime Detective. Then
he moved on to do some 60 stories for the digests (Pursuit,
EQMM, Suspect, etc). He
co-authored Hildegarde Withers'
Makes the Scene with Stuart
Palmer, and ghosted a couple of books for Ellery
Queen. He also did about 15 paperback originals under his own
name (all involving suspense & lust). His mystery output includes over
sixty short stories and sixteen novels. The Hot Shot and Strange Sisters are
among his credits.
Henry Kane, (b. 1918 - d. 1988) Initially a lawyer, author of To Die or Not to Die, The Midnight Man, and other works is probably the least known of the Ellery Queen authors. Perhaps it was his Deadly Finger, a medical suspense novel, which drew the attention of the cousins Queen. Kane also found time to write a number of episodes for TV's Martin Kane, Private Eye. If you like a slice of humor with your hardboiled eggs, Kane’s your man. Pseudonym: Anthony McCall.
(b. Brooklyn, N.Y. Aug 7, 1928
- d. Feb 22,2008), is better known as
Science Fiction author "Stephen
especially for The Lighthouse at the End of the World, but his mystery work (e.g., Model
For Murder) attracted Ellery Queen. He too began writing for pulps
(such as the legendary Amazing Stories) and has gone on to have a
long writing career. He was awarded the French Prix Gutenberg du Livre in
1988 for The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus, and in 1997 he was awarded the
"Life Achievement Award" called "The Eye" by the
Private Eye Writers of America. He also served on the board of directors of
the Mystery Writers of America. He lived with his second wife Ann in
Powell (b. 1920 - d. Mar 9, 2000) Powell began his writing career in 1942. He created
over 200 stories for the pulp fiction magazines, including Black Mask and
writing in almost every genre and for all of the top magazines. After the demise of the
continued to write another 300 plus short stories for fiction magazines such
as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Shayne, Manhunt and Suspense. During
the 1950s and 1960s a number of successful novels were published. His Ed Rivers series is
recognized as some of the best Private Investigator stories from that era. Powell also had
written four novels under the Ellery Queen by line (Tim
Corrigan's-series) as well. Powell also contributed his creative talents to screenwriting
and television work. Still active in the field, Talmage Powell has had a long and
successful career by delivering suspenseful, intelligent, action based stories that any
reader would enjoy. He died at a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina on March 9. 2000,
he was 79.
Walt Sheldon or Walter J.Sheldon (b. Jan 9, 1917 - d. Jun 9, 1996) was writing for the pulps as early as 1940. Having published over 30 stories for the pulps and being a contemporary mystery magazine author, Sheldon was a natural choice to assume the moniker of Ellery Queen, which he did only one time. It looks like he went in for those interminable secret-agent novels in the 60's & 70's. The Blue Kimono Kill (1965), Devil's Box (1968), Gold Bait (1973), The House of Happy Mayhem (1967), The Red Flower Kill (1971), The Rites of Murder (1984) and The Yellow Music Kill (1974). As Shelly Walters he wrote The Dunes (1974), and as Shel Walker he published The Man I Killed (1952) and Tokyo Escapade (1955).
Jack Vance (b.
Aug 28,1916 - d. May 26, 2013) John Holbrook Vance sold his first story,
"The World Thinker," in 1945. His first novel, Vandals of the Void was
published in 1953. Better known as a Science Fiction and Fantasy writer,
Vance has won
several awards, including the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. Pseudonyms:
Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Jack Vance, Alan
Wade. Vance took the nephews offer because they gave him 3000 dollars a book,
which was a lot of money then ! In his contract was stated never to reveal
the fact that he had written the books. Theoretically he never took the name
Paul W. Fairman (b.1916
- d. 1977) Paul Warren
Fairman wrote among
others I, The Machine and The Golden Ape the latter with Milton Lesser.
He was an editor and writer in a variety of genres under his own name and
under pseudonyms. In 1952, he was the founding editor of If, but only edited
four issues. In 1955, he became the editor of Amazing Stories and
He held that dual position until 1958. After leaving Ziff-Davis for a short
while he was managing editor at EQMM. His science fiction short stories "Deadly
City" and "The Cosmic Frame" were made into motion pictures.
He wrote the "Man from S.T.U.D." series of espionage spoofs under the pseudonym
of F W Paul.
(b. March 25, 1911
- d. March 1,1987)
William Roos was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and
brought up by his German-born grandparents. He attended Allegheny College
but transferred to Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh to study drama. He began
writing light, comic plays. Audrey Kelley was born
in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but moved to Pennsylvania in her teens. She met
William Roos at Carnegie Tech. They were married
in November 1936 and moved to New York City. The idea to write mysteries
came from Audrey after the birth of her daughter Carol. Their first book,
Made Up To Kill, was published in 1940 by Dodd, Mead to favorable reviews
and went on to a paperback edition.
(b. Nov 20, 1922- d. 9 Jan 1983)
His full name was Gilbert John Brewer born in
Canandaigua, New York. He was the son of Gilbert T. Brewer, a New
Jersey-born pulp writer, and his wife, Ruth. Gilbert
T. wrote primarily for air war pulps. The
birth of a younger sister to Gilbert in 1927 was, perhaps, the
inspiration, and two more siblings followed (another sister and a
brother). They had a fairly impoverished upbringing, their father
addicted to drink and was later committed to a VA hospital after a
Feb 1930 - d. 17 Jan 2008), Longtime
mystery writer and editor Edward Dentinger Hoch is practically an institution in the
field. He has published over eight hundred mystery stories In December, 1962 the
author made his first appearance in EQMM with
"Death in the Harbor", #229. He made several entries since then but in May 1973
"The Theft of the Circus Poster", was published
issue #354, since then a continuous series of 335 original stories were
published in the uninterrupted sequence so far up to May, 1998. His TV
writing credits include episodes of MacMillan and Wife, Night Gallery,
The Alfred Hitchcock Show, and Tales of the
Unexpected. Mr. Hoch has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America. and
made his home in Rochester, New York. He has also written mysteries under the pseudonyms
Irwin Booth, Anthony Circus, Stephen Dentinger, Pat McMahon, R.E. Porter, Ellery
Queen, R.L. Stevens and Mr. X. He was given the Grand Master award
In 2018 Crippen & Landru provided a collection The Zanzibar Shirt Mystery and other stories which included all ten stories in the series along with a brief biography of Holding and the most comprehensive bibliography of Holding’s short story works. Buy from Crippen and Landru
Holding would continue to write short stories, ultimately publishing over 100 stories in the mystery field. In addition to Leroy King, he wrote about series characters Manuel Andrada, also known as The Photographer, a hired killer and Hal Johnson, the Library Detective.
First book: The Lazy Little Zulu. New York, Morrow, 1962, and Kingswood, World's Work, 1963. - Mr. Moonlight and Omar - 1963 (Morrow) - Cato the Kiwi Bird - 1963 (Putnam) - The Mystery of the False Fingertips - 1964 (Harper) - Sherlock on the Trail - 1964 (Morrow) - Three Wishes of Hu - 1965 (Putnam) - Poko and the Golden Demon - 1968 (Abelard) - The Mystery of Dolphin Inlet - 1968 (MacMillan) - Robber of Featherbed Lane - 1970 (Putnam)- A Bottle of Pop - 1970 (Putnam)