Kirby McCauley

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Kirby McCauley
Born(1941-09-11)September 11, 1941
DiedAugust 30, 2014(2014-08-30) (aged 72)
OccupationLiterary agent and Editor

Kirby McCauley (September 11, 1941 – August 30, 2014) was an American literary agent and editor based in New York City.

He attended the University of Minnesota and became a literary agent in the 1970s, soon building a successful agency and representing authors such as Stephen King, Roger Zelazny, and George R. R. Martin, who credits him with helping to launch his writing career.[1]

When King decided in the late 1970s and 1980s to publish some of his novels under the pen name Richard Bachman, McCauley provided him with a fake author picture that actually showed his own insurance agent, Richard Manuel.

In 1975, McCauley chaired the first World Fantasy Convention, an event he conceived with T. E. D. Klein and several others.

His works include the landmark 1980 horror anthology Dark Forces, and other anthologies such as Frights, Frights 2, and Night Chills.

He died of kidney failure associated with long-term diabetes in August 2014.[2]