RARA-AVIS: Re: Charles Runyon and Fletcher Flora

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 18 Oct 2006

The Ace reprint of Flora's novel KILLING COUSINS has this bio:

Fletcher Flora was born in Parsons, Kansas, in 1914. He received a B.S. degree from Kansas State College in 1938 and did graduate work at the University of Kansas. The author served with the 32nd Infantry Division on New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon. Following his discharge, he found a job teaching military prisoners at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, he lives with his wife and three children in Leavenworth where is is Education Advisor of the United States Disciplinary Barracks.

Flora is the author of several mystery novels and many magazine stories. He has won special awards in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine short story contests.

If I can find my hardback copy of KILLING COUSINS, I will check to see if it has any additional bio information. I doubt it does.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, ejgorman99@... wrote:
> I'm writing introductions to the first Three-fer for Stark House--
three Gold
> Medal books in a single trade pb for less than twenty dollars. Two
of the
> books are slick but dark Park Avenue Tramp by Fletcher Flora and a
stunning Jim
> Thompsonesque novel by Charles Runyon, The Prettiest Girl I Ever
Killed. I'm
> having a problem gathering background info on these guys. I was
supposed to hear
> from Mrs. Flora but none of my e mails have been returned. Barry
Malzberg was
> kind enough to do a very entertaining and informative interview not
only about
> being Runyon's agent but about the pb field in general. Still, if
> knows anything about these men, please send it along. I'll see you
get free
> copies of the book. We hope these three-fers are a success because
if they are
> we'll be able to bring back a lot of fifties and sixties pbs that
> reprinting. Three books in brand new, sturdy trade pbs instead of
pricey used
> originals that tend to break apart as you read them. Thanks very
much. Ed
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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