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: Seregil of Rhiminee February 07, 2011
Book Covers
His Monkey Wife
No Traveller Returns
Green Thoughts
Tom's a-Cold
The Devil and All
Defy the Foul Fiend or the Misadventures of a Heart
Variations on a Theme
Presenting Moonshine
A Touch of Nutmeg and More Unlikely Stories
Fancies and Goodnights
Pictures in the Fire
Of Demons and Darkness
The John Collier Reader
The Best of John Collier

Speculative Fiction Novels (12)

1975 | fantasy, horror, short stories

1972 | fantasy, short stories

1965 | fantasy, short stories

1958 | fantasy, short stories

1951 | fantasy, short stories

1943 | fantasy, short stories

1941 | fantasy, short stories

1934 | fantasy, short stories

1933 | science fiction

1932 | fantasy, short stories

1931 | science fiction

1930 | science fiction

Others non-spefi books (2)