RARA-AVIS: James Causey

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 15 Nov 2005

I don't think there's much info on the man himself, but he did three crime paperbacks in the late fifties:

The Baby Doll Murders (Fawcett 1957) Killer Take All! (Graphic 1957) Frenzy (Crest 1960)

The last one has nothing to do with the Hitchcock film. Ed Gorman praises these highly - maybe he could say a few words.

Causey started out in pulps, since he did his first story "Hammer of Cain" in 1943, at the age of nineteen (he was born in 1924 and is still alive). It was published in Weird Tales, and he had two other stories in the same mag the same year. He collaborated with the famous comic historian Bill Blackbeard, but did also stories on his own. Causey also published in some SF magazines, such as Orbit and If. See the list below (the books are anthologies carrying the stories):

CAUSEY, JAMES (1924- ) (chron.)

* Exploiter's End, (nv) Orbit #2 1953 Beyond the Stars and Other Stories, ed. Anon., Sydney: Jubilee 1958

* Felony, (ss) Galaxy Jul 1954 The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955, ed. T. E. Dikty, Fell 1955

* The Show Must Go On ["So Lovely, So Lost"], (ss) Orbit #5 1954 The Pseudo People, ed. William F. Nolan, Sherbourne 1965

* Teething Ring, (ss) Galaxy Jan 1953 Second Galaxy Reader of Science Fiction, ed. Horace L. Gold, Crown 1954 Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales, ed. Isaac Asimov & Groff Conklin, Collier Books 1963

-- Juri http://pulpetti.blogspot.com

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