Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Author - Collier, John

Birth: May 3, 1901.

Death: April 6, 1980.

Comments: John Collier was a British author most notable for his short stories and screenplays. He wrote one novel - His Monkey Wife - which is well-regarded. But he is mostly famous for his impressive body of mostly dark and twisted short fiction. Though a lot of his work does contain fantasy elements, he was not so much a fantasy writer as a writer who focused on stories about the evil that lies inside even the most ordinary seeming people.

Oddly, despite his stories being very distinctly British in flavor, he never attained much fame in his home country, but was quite popular in the United States. Fancies and Goodnights, a compilation of his short fiction, won the 1952 International Fantasy Award for best fiction book, and several of his short stories were turned into television screenplays.



My reviews of John Collier's books:
Fancies and Goodnights

Other books by John Collier that I have read but not reviewed:
None

Short fiction by John Collier appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Another American Tragedy found in Fancies and Goodnights
Back for Christmas found in Fancies and Goodnights
Bird of Prey found in Fancies and Goodnights
Bottle Party found in Fancies and Goodnights
The Chaser found in Fancies and Goodnights
De Mortuis found in Fancies and Goodnights
Evening Primrose found in Fancies and Goodnights
The Frog Prince found in Fancies and Goodnights
Gavin O'Leary found in Fancies and Goodnights
Great Possibilities found in Fancies and Goodnights
Green Thoughts found in Fancies and Goodnights
Halfway to Hell found in Fancies and Goodnights
If Youth Knew if Age Could found in Fancies and Goodnights
In the Cards found in Fancies and Goodnights
Incident on a Lake found in Fancies and Goodnights found in Fancies and Goodnights
The Lady on the Grey found in Fancies and Goodnights
Little Memento found in Fancies and Goodnights
Midnight Blue found in Fancies and Goodnights
Old Acquaintance found in Fancies and Goodnights
Over Insurance found in Fancies and Goodnights
Romance Lingers Adventure Lives found in Fancies and Goodnights
Season of Mists found in Fancies and Goodnights
Special Delivery found in Fancies and Goodnights
Squirrels Have Bright Eyes found in Fancies and Goodnights
The Steel Cat found in Fancies and Goodnights
The Touch of Nutmeg Makes It found in Fancies and Goodnights
Three Bears Cottage found in Fancies and Goodnights
Thus I Refute Beelzy found in Fancies and Goodnights
Wet Saturday found in Fancies and Goodnights
Witchs Money found in Fancies and Goodnights
Without Benefit of Galsworthy found in Fancies and Goodnights
Youth from Vienna found in Fancies and Goodnights

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