Oddments and Miscellany
Obituary for Amelia Reynolds Long
From the Harrisburg Patriot-News, 31st March 1978
AMELIA LONG, WRITER, POET, CURATOR
Miss Amelia Long, 74, of 725 S. 25th St., a mystery writer, poet, and
museum curator, died Wednesday at her home. She retired in October 1976 after more than 16
years as curator of the William Penn Museum. She continued to volunteer her services to
the organisation until her death.
She was the author of 34 mystery novels, about 25 of which were also
published in foreign languages. She also wrote about 100 short stories and between 200 and
300 poems, some of which were published in magazines. She was the winner of numerous state
and national poetry society awards. She also wrote a number of prize-winning radio scripts
which were broadcast nationally.
She was a 1922 graduate of Harrisburg Central High School, and received a
B.S. degree in 1931 and an M.A. in 1932 from the University of Pennsylvania. She was an
employee of the Stackpole Co. as a college textbook editor from 1951 to 1958. She was a
member of the Harrisburg Poetry Workshop of the Pennsylvania Poetry Society.
There are no immediate survivors. Graveside Services will be held Monday
at 2 p.m. in Paxtang Cemetery, with the Rev. Harrison Ziegler III, visitation pastor of
Christ Lutheran Church, officiating. There will be no viewing. Arrangements are being
handled by the funeral home at 23rd and Derry streets.
Outdoor Reference Guide
In the years following her decision to stop writing mystery novels, Long
edited a number of text books for The Stackpole Company, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. One
of these was a book published in 1959, entitled Outdoor Reference Guide. This was
an encyclopaedia of nature, edited and compiled by Long.
Amelia Reynolds Long Website (in Japanese)
Sense of Wonder Press
The Evening News Short Story Index
An Index to the Fiction Published in
The Daily Mail Fiction Index: 1896 - 1950
Raymond F. Jones: A Tribute
The Arthur Porges Fan Site
Jack Ritchie: An Appreciation and Bibliography
The Rosemary Timperley Homepage
The Basil Wells Tribute Website
The H. B. Hickey Fan Page
The C. T. Stoneham Tribute Page
F. W. Thomas: Star Man
The Ursula Bloom Bibliography
"The Dimension Drug" and "Cosmic Fever" available to read
Check out the FANAC
website where you can read an on-line transcription of part one of Long's two-part serial
Dimension Drug," originally published in the fanzine Spaceways in 1938.
Johnny Pez has posted a transcription on his blog of the Long story "Cosmic
Fever," originally published in the February 1937 issue of Astounding Stories.
Articles in Spaceways fanzine
Amelia Reynolds Long contributed the following articles to Spaceways fanzine,
edited by Harry Warner Jr.:
"Machines That Think," No. 17, December 1940
"Fourth Color Field," No. 22, August 1941
Amelia Reynolds Long wrote the radio play "Excalibur" which was broadcast on
CBS Radio on May 9, 1945 as an episode of the Dr. Christian show. An adaptation of her
short story "Scandal in the Fourth Dimension" was also broadcast as an episode
of the Dr. Christian show on January 16, 1946. If anyone knows of any other radio scripts
by Long I would be interested to hear from them.
I enjoy reading many authors and some of my favourites are: Edward D. Hoch, Henry
Slesar, Arthur Porges, Raymond F. Jones, Amelia Reynolds Long, Jack Vance, Clifford D.
Simak, Robert Sheckley, Clark Ashton Smith, Edmund Cooper, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore,
Zenna Henderson, Ross Rocklynne, Robert Silverberg, Jack Ritchie, Stanley G. Weinbaum, H.
Beam Piper, Leigh Brackett, Edmond Hamilton, Fredric Brown, Gordon R. Dickson, Frank O'
Rourke, Alan E. Nourse, Mary Elizabeth Counselman, Nictzin Dyalhis, Clare Winger Harris,
Arthur Tofte, Mary Williams, David R. Bunch, Basil Wells, Talmage Powell, H. B. Hickey, Ed
Lacy, C. T. Stoneham, Arthur Sellings, Audrey Erskine Lindop, Eando Binder, E. C. Tubb, L.
P. Davies, Mary Gallati, Paul Feakes, Sydney J. Bounds, Elijah Ellis, Rosemary Timperley,
Hugh B. Cave, Kathleen Sky, Elizabeth Myers, Anne Frank, F. W. Thomas, Philip E. High, A.
G. Gardiner (Alpha of the Plough), Ursula Bloom, Arthur C. Clarke, Carl Jacobi, Margaret
St. Clair, Phyllis Eisenstein, Eric Frank Russell and Frank Sisk.