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Long, Amelia Reynolds

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1903-1978) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Twin Soul" for Weird Tales in March 1928, and who contributed "The Mechanical Man" to the two-story Science Fiction Series anthology, Mechanical Man/Thought Stealer (anth 1930 chap), the second story being by Frank Bourne. Her story "The Thought-Monster" (March 1930 Weird Tales) was much later filmed as Fiend Without a Face (1957). Her one sf novel, Behind the Evidence (1936) with William L Crawford, writing together as Peter Reynolds, is a Near Future tale of Paranoia (see Small Presses and Limited Editions). Less unusually than was once claimed (see Women SF Writers), Long published most of her short work under her full name; she published one story, "Bride of the Antarctic" (June 1939 Strange Stories) as by Mordred Weir. Her style was crisp and fluent, and her tales inclined towards the weird (see Horror in SF), but her ambitions as an sf writer faded as she began to gain considerable success as an author of detective fiction, for which she is now best known. [JC]

see also: End of the World.

Amelia Reynolds Long

born Columbia, Pennsylvania: 23 November 1903

died Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: 26 March 1978


  • Mechanical Man/Thought Stealer (New York: Stellar Publishing Co, 1930) [anth: chap: second story is by Frank Bourne: in the publisher's Science Fiction Series: pb/nonpictorial]
  • Behind the Evidence (Everett, Pennsylvania: Visionary Publishing Company, 1936) with William L Crawford, writing together as Peter Reynolds [hb/Clay Ferguson]


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