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Fredric Brown

USA flag (1906 - 1972)

Fredric Brown was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He was one of the boldest early writers in genre fiction in his use of narrative experimentation. While never in the front rank of popularity in his lifetime, Brown has developed a considerable cult following in the almost half century since he last wrote. His works have been periodically reprinted and he has a worldwide fan base, most notably in the U.S. and Europe, and especially in France, where there have been several recent movie adaptations of his work. He also remains popular in Japan.

Never financially secure, Brown - like many other pulp writers - often wrote at a furious pace in order to pay bills. This accounts, at least in part, for the uneven quality of his work. A newspaperman by profession, Brown was only able to devote 14 years of his life as a full-time fiction writer. Brown was also a heavy drinker, and this at times doubtless affected his productivity. A cultured man and omnivorous reader whose interests ranged far beyond those of most pulp writers, Brown had a lifelong interest in the flute, chess, poker, and the works of Lewis Carroll. Brown married twice and was the father of two sons.

Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction
   Mitkey Astromouse (1941)
   Murder Can Be Fun (1948)
     aka A Plot for Murder
   The Screaming Mimi (1949)
   Here Comes a Candle (1950)
   The Case of the Dancing Sandwiches (1951)
   The Far Cry (1951)
   Night of the Jabberwock (1951)
   What Mad Universe (1951)
   The Deep End (1952)
   We All Killed Grandma (1952)
   The Lights in the Sky Are Stars (1953)
     aka Project Jupiter
   Madball (1953)
   His Name Was Death (1954)
   Martians, Go Home (1955)
   The Wench Is Dead (1955)
   The Lenient Beast (1957)
   Rogue in Space (1957)
   The Office (1958)
   One for the Road (1958)
   Knock Three-One-Two (1959)
   The Mind Thing (1961)
   The Murderers (1961)
   The Five-Day Nightmare (1962)
   Homicide Sanitarium (1984)
   Before She Kills (1984)
   The Freak Show Murders (1987)
   Thirty Corpses Every Thursday (1987)
   Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter (1987)
   Red Is the Hue of Hell (1990)
   Space on My Hands (1951)
   Star Shine (1954)
     aka Angels and Spaceships
   Honeymoon in Hell (1958)
   Nightmares and Geezenstacks (1961)
   Daymares (1968)
   Paradox Lost (1973)
   The Best of Fredric Brown (1977)
   The Best Short Stories of Fredric Brown (1982)
   And the Gods Laughed (1985)
   From These Ashes (1985)
   Daymare and Other Tales from the Pulps (2007)
   Mostly Murder (2021)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Star Mouse (1941)
   Murder and Matilda (1949)
   Hall of Mirrors (1953)
   Keep Out (1953)
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Anthologies edited
Omnibus editions
Series contributed to
Black Cat Weekly
   100. Black Cat Weekly #100 (2023) (with others)
Anthologies containing stories by Fredric Brown
Sense of Wonder (2023)
A Century of Science Fiction
edited by
Leigh Ronald Grossman

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