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Smith, Basil A

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1908-1969) UK author and Church of England clergyman; of genre interest are his five stories, unpublished during his lifetime and posthumously assembled as The Scallion Stone (coll 1980); these have been compared to the horror tales of M R James (1862-1936), with whose work he was familiar. Two feature supernatural phenomena with Horror in SF overtones. "The Scallion Stone" (August 1977 Whispers) hints at a tentacled biological Monster from the sea; "The Propert Bequest" also has a creature whose nature may be supernatural, biological or both. It is not clear when the stories were written; they were never submitted for publication during Smith's lifetime. [LW/DRL]

Basil Alec Smith

born Yorkshire: 11 June 1908

died Yorkshire: 9 December 1969


  • The Scallion Stone (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Whispers Press, 1980) [coll: introduction by Russell Kirk: illus/hb/Stephen Fabian]


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