RE: RARA-AVIS: N. R. DeMexico: Crider

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 07 Feb 2003

Well, I suppose Larry Shaw's use of the pseud wouldn't preclude there being another, legal NRdM (as with the brief period of 2 John MacDonalds, legal and small-d Millar), but I suspect this is simply another appearance by Shaw, who may've (here I enter wild-hare speculation, one of my fortes) been working under his real name for another publisher, one which frowned upon moonlighting. If so, considering this reportedly excellent magazine lasted 4 issues, that would've been a shrewd business decision. The three covers of this SUSPENSE, and bits about 2 others by that title (the earliest a Leslie Charteris production) at this link:

TM (this SUSPENSE had no fear of reprints...was the Quiller-Couch one?)

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On eBay the other day I bought several issues of a magazine called SUSPENSE, "The High-Tension Magazine Inspired by the CBS Radio and Television Program Series SUSPENSE." I looked over the table of contents, an interesting combination of categories: Mystery, Science Adventure, Dread Dilemma, The Fantastic, The Macabre, and Criminals at Large. An interesting group of writers, too: Fritz Leiber, Talmadge Powell, H. L. Gold, A. E. Van Vogt, and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (no, English majors, I'm not making that up), among others. But what really caught my eye was a name at the bottom of the contents page, the name of the associate editor. N. R. DeMexico. Does this mean that the author of MADMAN ON A DRUM was a real person? Or that Larry Shaw, one man suspected of using the name as a pseudonym, also used it for an editing job?

I await the definitive answer.

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