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Walter C. Brown

The September 18 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained a picture of a rather stern-looking gentleman who was the author of a novel that was about to be serialized in the paper:

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Walter C. Brown did not become famous enough to merit a Wikipedia page, which is the modern-day definition of notoriety. And the Goodreads page for Walter C. Brown is a bit confusing, as there was more than one of them:

  • There was one who was the author of  “Tower of Peking – 4 Tales of Oriental Menace!”, which was probably our Walter. (Our Walter was seemingly willing to indulge in cultural stereotyping.)
  • There was one who was the author of “Print Reading for Industry” and other presumably useful drafting and design books.
  • There was yet another one who was the author of “Lizards of the Genus Emoia (Scincidae) with Observations on Their Evolution and Biogeography (Classic Reprint)”, who could have been either of the above Walters, but I kind of doubt it. (I’m waiting for the movie version of this.)

“The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories” is listed in this Goodreads article, and is also available online; it contains a story by our Walter C. Brown, and a brief bio. He wrote a lot of pulp fiction in the 1930s and 1940s, some of which was adapted into early television shows in the 1950s.

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