Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.
(1891-1963) US author of ramshackle crime thrillers, mostly at shorter lengths for Detective Story Magazine; these stories include a series featuring the Chinese Villain Mr Chang, something of a Yellow Peril figure though hardly in the Fu Manchu class. In the novel Mr Chang's Crime Ray: A Detective Story (9 April 1927 Detective Story Magazine; fixup 1928), Chang is determined to steal the eponymous Invention, a short-range, semi-portable Death Ray that must be plugged into an electrical outlet via a long power cable. This, more a McGuffin than an sf device, reaches Chang's hands in a damaged, unusable state and remains so until justice is done. [JC/DRL]
Elmer Albert Apple [note reversal of given names]
born Findley, Ohio: 6 June 1891
died Cleveland, Ohio: 27 May 1963
- Mr Chang's Crime Ray: A Detective Story (New York: Chelsea House, 1928) [fixup: short version first appeared 9 April 1927 Detective Story Magazine: hb/]
- Introducing Mr Chang ...: Mr Chang's Crime Ray (Eugenia, Ontario: The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2011) as by E A Apple [fixup: dos: vt of the above: pb/]
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