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McCauley, Kirby

Entry updated 23 August 2019. Tagged: Editor.

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(1941-2014) US literary agent, influential fan and editor; he very early on represented several clients, including Stephen King and George R R Martin, who later became extremely successful; both have acknowledged his influence on their careers. Although his professional focus was always on fantasy and horror (see Horror in SF), McCauley's taste as an editor was catholic, beginning with the intelligently assembled Night Chills: Stories of Suspense and Horror (anth 1975), whose release coincided with the first World Fantasy Convention in 1975, of which he was chair (see Conventions; Fandom; World Fantasy Award). It is a mark of the increasing difficulty critics have in maintaining strict genre boundaries within the overall remit of Fantastika that of the twenty-four authors represented in his most famous work, the Original Anthology Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror (anth 1980), eighteen have individual entries in this encyclopedia. Dark Forces and Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions (anth 1967) stand together as perhaps the finest and most influential anthologies of original material in the field of the fantastic yet assembled. [JC]

see also: Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine.

Kirby McCauley

born Minnesota: 11 September 1941

died ?New York: 30 August 2014

works as editor


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