Bruce Elliott

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Bruce Walter Gardner Lively Stacy Elliott (May 30, 1914 – March 21, 1973) was an American writer of mystery fiction, science fiction, and television scripts.[1] He was also a magician who wrote several books on magic. Eliott co-founded the magicians' magazine Phoenix with Walter B. Gibson, as assistant editor, later editor.[2]

Elliott's 15 stories in The Shadow magazine between 1946 and 1948, are held in low regard by Shadow fans because of Elliott's atypical handling of the character, best exemplified by the three stories in which the Shadow does not appear in his costumed identity.

Elliott contributed material to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, including the acclaimed reverse-werewolf story "Wolves Don't Cry" (1954) [3][4] and a comic fantasy about Satan, "The Devil Was Sick".[5]

In November 1972, Elliott was hit by a taxi, lapsed into a coma, and died four months later.


  1. ^ "Bruce Elliott - The Los Angeles Review of Books". The Los Angeles Review of Books. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Elliott - MagicPedia". Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  3. ^ Chantal Bourgault du Coudray, The Curse of the Werewolf: Fantasy,Horror and the Beast Within. I. B. Tauris, 2006. (p. 172) ISBN 978-1845111588
  4. ^ "Wolves Don't Cry" was described by Brian J. Frost as "one of the best short stories from this period". See Brian J. Frost, The Essential Guide to Werewolf Literature, Popular Press, 2003 (p.173) ISBN 0879728604
  5. ^ Darrell Schweitzer, "The Devil" in S. T. Joshi, ed., Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: an Encyclopedia of our Worst Nightmares (Greenwood, 2007), (p. 178) ISBN 0313337810

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