Publication Date: Tuesday, March 14, 1972
FREDRIC BROWN, WRITER, 65,
Source: The New York Times
Created the Detective Team of Am Hunter and Ed
TUCSON, Ariz., March 13
(AP) - Fredric Brown, a mystery and science fiction author, died here Saturday.
His age was 65.
Author of Many Books Fredric Brown turned out more than 30 books in his career,
many of which were regarded by critics as
entertaining and highly professional.
His first mystery novel, The Fabulous Clip Joint,
published by Dutton, won an Edgar (Allen Poe) Award of the Mystery Writer's of
America for 1947. It introduced an engaging pair of detectives in Am Hunter,
ex-carnival man, and his teenage nephew, Ed, whose sleuthing continued to
engross readers of later novels.
Anthony Boucher in The New York Times Book Review hailed him as successor to the late Cornell Woolrich. William Du Bois in "Books of the Times" said his novel, Here Comes A Candle , "comes close
to fulfilling this observer's definition of the perfect psycho-thriller."
Took Up TV and Movies
After moving to Tucson in the nineteen-fifties, Mr. Brown wrote television plays,
most noteably for The
Twilight Zone, and movie scripts. His book, The Screaming Mimi , was basis
of the movie by that name. He also wrote many short stories and vignettes, which
regularly appeared in mystery and science fiction anthologies.
A brief list of Mr. Brown's titles include The Bloody Moonlight, We All Killed Grandma,
Mr's Murphy's Underpants, Martians - Go Home, The Lights in the Skies Are Stars,
Compliments of a Fiend, and Daymares.
The writer was born Oct. 29, 1906, in Cincinnati and served as a working newspaperman in the Midwest
and as a writer for magazines.
Surviviors include his widow,
the former Elizabeth Charlier, and two sons by a previous marriage, James R. of
Culver City, Calif., and Linn L., of Fremont, Calif.