John Collier

John Collier

John Henry Noyes Collier (1901–1980) was a British-born author and screenplay writer best known for his short stories, many of which appeared in The New Yorker from the 1930s to the 1950s. They were collected in a 1951 volume, Fancies and Goodnights, which is still in print. Individual stories are frequently anthologized in fantasy collections. John Collier's writing has been praised by authors such as Anthony Burgess, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon and Paul Theroux. He was married to early silent film actress Shirley Palmer. His second marriage in 1942 was to New York actress Beth Kay (Margaret Elizabeth Eke). They divorced a decade later. He had one child, a son, from his third marriage.

Born in London in 1901, John Collier was privately educated by his uncle Vincent Collier, a novelist. When, at the age of 18 or 19, Collier was asked by his father what he had chosen as a vocation, his reply was, "I want to be a poet." His father indulged him; over the course of the next ten years Collier lived on an allowance of two pounds a week plus whatever he could pick up by writing book reviews and acting as a cultural correspondent for a Japanese newspaper. During this time, being not overly burdened by any financial responsibilities, he developed a penchant for games of chance, conversation in cafes and visits to picture galleries. He never attended university.

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Edited by 2011-02-07 (Seregil of Rhiminee)
Speculative Fiction Novels (12)
1975  The Best of John Collier
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1972  The John Collier Reader
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1965  Of Demons and Darkness
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1958  Pictures in the Fire
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1951  Fancies and Goodnights
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1943  A Touch of Nutmeg and More Unlikely Stories
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1941  Presenting Moonshine
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1934  The Devil and All
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1933  Tom's a-Cold
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1932  Green Thoughts
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1931  No Traveller Returns
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1930  His Monkey Wife
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Others non-spefi books (2)
1935  Variations on a Theme
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1934  Defy the Foul Fiend or the Misadventures of a Heart
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