Crossen, Kendell Foster (1910-1981)
Scope:
The Kendell Foster Crossen collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, and other items.

Manuscripts for books by Crossen (published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston under the pseudonym ”M. E. Chaber” except where indicated) include Six Who Ran (1964); The Conspiracy of Death, written with George Redstone (Bobbs-Merrill, 1965); The Day It Rained Diamonds (1966); The Acid Nightmare (1967); The Man in the Middle (1968); Wild Midnight Falls (1968); The Flaming Man (1969); Green Grow the Graves (1970); The Bonded Death (1971); and Born to be Hanged (1973).  In addition, the collection includes draft pages, outlines, notes and research towards some unpublished novels and science-fiction anthologies.  Manuscripts for radio plays by Crossen include eleven scripts for The Green Lama, co-authored by Crossen under the pseudonym “Richard Foster” and dating from 1949.  Also present are scripts for the radio programs Bold Venture, The Saint, Suspense, Escape, and others.   In addition, the collection includes Crossen’s teleplay for an episode of the television program The Man from Blackhawk, titled “The Man Who Stole Happiness”; the outline of an article on Dianetics (ca. 1951); “Report on Publishing Comic Magazines”; research material for The Conspiracy of Death; and other items.

Printed material in the collection includes several magazines containing published stories by Crossen.  There are six issues of Double Detective (dated 1940, 1941, and 1971) with stories by Crossen writing as “Richard Foster,” as well as issues of Rare Detective Cases (1942), the Green Lama comic book (six issues, 1944-1945), Banner Mysteries (1945), Popular Detective (1952 and 1953), Startling Stories (1952), Baffling Detective Mysteries (1943), and Thrilling Wonder Stories (1953).  Other printed items include newspaper and magazine clippings of reviews of science-fiction books by Crossen, as well as items about him.

Correspondence in the collection consists of 9 items, dating from 1965 to 1972.

Additional material include a photograph of Crossen; reel-to-reel audio recordings of Wanted: Dead Man, by the Dept. of Public Welfare State Services for the Blind, St. Paul, Minnesota; and a court transcript of The People of California vs. Robert Lester Hunter, Kendell Foster Crossen, Simon Gaines, Dave O’Malley, Willie Gordon, Joe Peters and Margaret Deitz.
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Notable Figures
1. Crossen, Kendell Foster, 1910-1981
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Radio Subject Guide
3. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Subject Guide