Will Murray

(b. 1953)

Will Murray is a novelist, journalist, and comic-book writer. Much of his fiction has been published under pseudonyms.

Murray grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated North Quincy High school in June 1971.

After becoming a fan of the pulp fiction hero Doc Savage, he began collecting pulp magazines and wrote two psychological profiles of the character in The Doc Savage Reader. He went on to write for fanzines and edit the fanzines Duende and Skullduggery before joining the pulp-reprint publisher Odyssey Publications. He also worked on The Duende History of The Shadow Magazine. He then ghosted the adventure paperback series on The Destroyer.

He is also an author of nonfiction articles about pulp magazine writers, and was the literary executor for the estate of Lester Dent He has published twelve Doc Savage novels from Dent's outlines under Dent's pseudonym, Kenneth Robeson. He is a member of PEAPS.

For Necronomicon Press, he edited Tales of Zothique and The Book of Hyperborea, two collections of stories by Clark Ashton Smith. His essays have appeared in books ranging from S. T. Joshi's compedium on H. P. Lovecraft, An Epicure in the Terrible, to Jim Beard's survey of the 1960s Batman TV show, Gotham City 14 Miles. He also contributed to encyclopedias on SF, crime, and mystery writers.

With S. T. Joshi and Jon L. Cooke, Murray organized The Friends of H. P. Lovecraft, which raised funds to place a memorial plaque dedicated to the Providence fantasy writer on the grounds of Brown University's John Hay Library on the centennial of Lovecraft's birth in August, 1990.

In 1979, he received the Lamont Award for his contributions to pulp fiction research; in 1999, he earned the Comic Book Marketplace award for research excellence in the area of comics history; and in 2011 he received the Pulp Ark Award for Best Series Revival for his work on The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage.

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