British Author Basil Copper Dies Aged 89

sj-bcopper-london23feb2008Various sources are reporting that Basil Copper, author of horror and mystery fiction, died yesterday aged 89.

His first short story, The Curse, was published when he was just 14 but his first professionally published story was The Spider in the fifth Pan Book of Horror Stories in 1964 when Copper was 40. He went on to publish many more short stories and books including over fifty novels featuring private detective Mike Faraday.

In 2008, Stephen Jones compiled and edited a biographical bibliography titled Basil Copper: A Life in Books which won the British Fantasy Award for Non-Fiction in 2009.

Obituaries from Locus and SF Site can be seen HERE and HERE

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