Mindret Lord

(1903 — 1955)

Mindret Lord, born Mindred Loeb, used several pseudonyms during his professional writing career. In addition to Mindret Lord — the name under which he wrote most of his fiction — he used the bylines of Mildret Lord, Mildred Lord, Gladys Lord, Mindred Lord, and Garland Lord. It seems likely that some of these small variations in his byline resulted when his name was inadvertently misspelled. He also used the pseudonym of Nathaniel Grew when he had two stories in the same issue of a magazine. Some reference sources report that Lord was related to the rich and prominent Loeb family of Chicago. There is still confusion over his sex (e.g., the Internet index for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction refers to him as “her”).

Lord began earning his living as a writer in the 1930s, churning out pulp fiction for a decade. Pulp historian Robert Kenneth Jones has described Lord as specializing in plots about women without volition. In this first stage of his professional career, he also contributed sketches to at least one Broadway play, "New Faces of 1936" — that ran from May 19, 1936 until November 7, 1936.

His genre fiction was included in the following magazines/books: Horror Stories: (“Satan Takes a Bride” [8-9/36], “Beauty Born in Hell” [8-9/39]); The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction: (“Dr. Jacobus Meliflore’s Last Patient” [11/53]); The Other Worlds: 25 Modern Stories of Mystery and Imagination (“A Problem for Biographers” [1941/original story]); Sinister Stories: (“Beauty for the Hags of Hell” [5/40], “The House of Pain” (as by Nathaniel Grew) [5/40]); Startling Mystery Magazine: (“The Dinner Cooked in Hell” [1940]); Terror Tales: (“Challenge of Corpses” [9/40], “School for Horror” (as by Nathaniel Grew) [9/40]); Weird Tales: (“Naked Lady” [9/34], “First Night” [7/41]. “The Mystery of Uncle Alfred” [11/41], “Lil” [3/43], “Lost Vacation” [5/43]).

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