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Pronzini, Bill

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of US author William John Pronzini (1943-    ), prolific and admired in several genres, notably crime fiction, since his first book, The Stalker (1971). Though he has published some very effective Horror, including Masques: A Novel of Terror (1981), and several other novels – including Night Screams (1979) and Prose Bowl (1980), both with Barry N Malzberg, the former featuring ESP and the latter being outright sf – as well as Beyond the Grave (1986) with Marcia Muller, his main importance to the field of the fantastic lies in his anthologies. Relevant titles include: Dark Sins, Dark Dreams: Crime in Science Fiction (anth 1978) with Malzberg; Midnight Specials (anth 1978); Werewolf! (anth 1979); The End of Summer (anth 1979; vt The Fifties: The End of Summer 1979), Shared Tomorrows: Science Fiction in Collaboration (anth 1979) and Bug-Eyed Monsters (anth 1980), these last three being with Malzberg; Voodoo!: A Chrestomathy of Necromancy (anth 1980), Mummy!: A Chrestomathy of Crypt'ology (anth 1981) and Creature!: A Chrestomathy of "Monstery" (anth 1981), all assembled as The Arbor House Necropolis – Voodoo! Mummy! Ghoul! (omni 1981; with 1 story cut, vt Tales of the Dead 1986); The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (anth 1981; with 1 story cut, vt Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense 1985) with Malzberg and Martin H Greenberg; The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (anth 1981; with 1 story cut, vt Great Tales of Horror & the Supernatural 1985; text restored, vt Classic Tales of Horror and the Supernatural 1991; again cut, vt The Giant Book of Horror Stories 1991) with Malzberg and Greenberg; Specter!: A Chrestomathy of "Spookery" (anth 1982); and Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women (anth 1984) with Muller. [JC]

William John Pronzini

born Petaluma, California: 13 April 1943

works (highly selected)



  • Gun in Cheek (New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1982) [nonfiction: hb/]
  • Son of Gun in Cheek (New York: The Mysterious Press, 1987) [nonfiction: hb/Pamela Noftsinger]

works as editor


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