Engel, Lyle Kenyon

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(1915-1986) Canadian editor, book packager and author who edited Space Science Fiction Magazine and Tales of the Frightened, each magazine having two issues dated Spring and August 1957. The latter was a Tie to a short-lived syndicated Radio show in which Boris Karloff read five-minute horror stories written by Michael Avallone, duly published in the magazine and later collected in book form as by Karloff. A further non-fantastic title was the thriller venue American Agent:The Magazine of the Secret Services (again two issues, Spring and August 1957); John Jakes contributed to #1.

Engel also "produced" the Richard Blade Sword-and-Sorcery sequence, whose 37 titles appeared under the House Name Jeffrey Lord (most were by Manning Lee Stokes and Roland J Green; Engel may have himself written some of the later titles), as well as the Dracula and Horrorscope series by Robert Lory. Through his packaging firm, Book Creations Inc, Engel created the Kent Family Chronicles, which made their author, John Jakes, famous.

It has been said that Engel edited the four issues of the Canadian Uncanny Tales (1940-1943), in fact edited anonymously by Melvin R Colby. [JC/DRL]

Lyle Kenyon Engel

born New York: 12 May 1915

died Boca Raton, Florida: 10 August 1986

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