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Avallone, Michael

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(1924-1999) US author active since the early 1950s under a number of names in various genres, most active in the 1960s. Although he began publishing genre fiction with "The Man Who Walked on Air" (September 1953 Weird Tales), and though some stories of mild interest appear in Tales of the Frightened (coll 1963; vt Boris Karloff Presents Tales of the Frightened 1973) (see also Lyle Kenyon Engel), his sf is comparatively limited in amount and extremely borderline in nature, usually being restricted to such film or television Ties as his novelization of Robert Bloch's script for the horror film of the same name, The Night Walker (1965) as by Sidney Stuart; the first Man from U.N.C.L.E. novel, The Thousand Coffins Affair (1965); his two Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Ties, The Birds of a Feather Affair (1966) and The Blazing Affair (1966); and the film novelization Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), based of course on Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Only the latter is wholehearted sf.

Avallone's best known pseudonym was probably Ed Noon, under which name he wrote thrillers; he also wrote as by Nick Carter, Troy Conway, Priscilla Dalton, Mark Dane, Steve Michaels, Dorothea Nile, Edwina Noone, Vance Stanton, Sidney Stuart and probably several other names. Of the Coxeman soft-porn thrillers as by Troy Conway (a House Name), only a few are sf: Had Any Lately? (1969), The Big Broad Jump (1968), The Blow-your-Mind Job (1970), The Cunning Linguist (1970) and A Stiff Proposition (1971). The Craghold Legacy (1971), The Craghold Curse (1972), The Craghold Creatures (1972) and The Craghold Crypt (1973), all as by Edwina Noone, are marginal horror novels; as Noone he also edited Edwina Noone's Gothic Sampler (anth 1966). Further Avallone works containing some traces of genre interest include The Man from Avon (1967); The Vampire Cameo (1968) as by Dorothea Nile; Missing! (1969); One More Time (1970), a film tie; The Beast with the Red Hands (1973) as by Sidney Stuart; Where Monsters Walk: Terror Tales for People Afraid of the Dark and the Unknown (coll 1978); Friday the 13th, Part 3, 3-D (1982), a film tie. [JC/DRL]

Michael Angelo Avallone Jr

born New York: 27 October 1924

died Los Angeles, California: 26 February 1999

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