Larry Shaw

(November 9, 1924 – April 1, 1985)

Lawrence T. Shaw was an American fan and pro editor.

Curfew Publications was his publishing house. He joined the Futurians in the early 40s and lived in Little Jarnevon. In 1945 he was deeply involved in the major Futurians feud around the X Document and one of its editors.

He became involved with Claude Degler and became a member of the Cosmic Circle in 1943 and for a time was one of Degler's disciples. He was possibly the only member of both the Slan Slum and the Empire State Slans, which Degler created. He was also one of the two known members of the Claude Degler-created Hannes Bok Art Society. Later that year he apostatized as Degler was becoming notorious and because Degler called on a girl Shaw knew after having been warned off.

It the 50s and 60s he was a member of the Hydra Club, the Fanarchists, and the Fanoclasts,

He married Lee Hoffman in Spring 1956 (whom he met at the Clevention) 1955). They were divorced in 1958. He then married Noreen Falasca July 17, 1959 (she ironically had co-chaired Clevention with her then-husband Nick Falasca) and they had two sons and stayed together until his death from cancer.

Along with Noreen Shaw, he was nominated for the 1962 Best Fanzine Hugo for Axe.

He was a member of FAPA (publishing Banshee, Caliban, Ice Age, Laundry, Other People's Mail (with Noreen Shaw), Pavlat Report (to which Bob Pavlat replied with the The Shaw Retort.), The Steff Nyaa-aa-a!!, and The Unknown Madman.

He was also a member of VAPA (apazine: Vanguard Variorum), OMPA (for which he published Dimensions) and FATE APAs and triggered the Little Interregnum when he resigned as OE of FAPA.

Fanzines include Beulah's Scrapbook, Blue Funk, Destiny's Child, Excelsior (with Lee Shaw), Fantasy Fiction Field, Fanzine Yearbook (with Bob Tucker and Art Widner), Felix, Fling, It (with Damon Knight), Leprechaun, McSnoyd's Bulletin and Pan.

He also published the one-shots Cruise of the "Foo Foo Special Jr." and Claude Degler and the FAPA. He co-edited or published Science*Fiction and some of the issues of Nebula.

Professionally, in the late 40s and early 50s, he wrote sf (both short fiction and novels) and in the mid-50s became an editor for If and later Infinity Science Fiction. He published Harlan Ellison's first magazine story "Glowworm" in Infinity Science Fiction. He received a Special Committee Award in 1984 from L.A.con II for being one of the early unsung editors in the field.

After those magazines died in 1958, he edited monster movie magazines, automotive magazines and other material until 1963, when he began editing for Lancer Books. At the same time he was involved in comics, including writing for Flash Gordon. He continued working as an editor until 1975], when he began work mainly as a literary agent with the Larry T. Shaw Literary Agency.

The Shaws move from New York to Los Angeles in 1969 when Larry became editorial director of the Parliament News Company. They bequeathed their New York apartment to Ted and Robin White — along with a cat.

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