Avallone, Michael (1924-1999)
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The Michael Avallone collection includes manuscripts, printed material, professional material, photographs, correspondence, and other material.

Manuscripts by Avallone in the collection are present under his own name as well as his numerous pseudonyms.

Novels by Avallone writing as himself include several novels in the Ed Noon series: The Tall Dolores (New York: Holt, 1953; London: Barker, 1956); Violence in Velvet (New York: New American Library, 1956; London: W. H. Allen, 1958); The February Doll Murders (London: W. H. Allen, 1966; New York: New American Library, 1967); Assassins Don't Die in Bed (New York: New American Library, 1968); The Horrible Man (London: Hale, 1968; New York: Curtis, 1972); The Doomsday Bag (New York: New American Library, 1969); The X-Rated Corpse (New York: Curtis, 1970); Death Dives Deep (New York: New American Library, 1971; London: Hale, 1971); Little Miss Murder (New York: New American Library, 1971); London, Bloody London (New York: Curtis, 1972); The Girl in the Cockpit (New York: Curtis, 1972; London: Hale, 1974); Shoot It Again, Sam (New York: Curtis, 1972); And Then There Was Noon (New York: Curtis, 1973); The Hot Body (New York: Curtis, 1973); Killer on the Keys (New York: Curtis, 1973); Kill Her -- You'll Like It (New York: Curtis, 1973; London: Hale, 1974); The Walking Wounded (New York: 1973); The Moon Maiden (New York: 1974); The Big Stiffs (also called Blues for Sophia Loren ; London: Hale, 1977); Five Minute Mysteries: Cases from the Files of Ed Noon (New York: Scholastic, 1978); Since Noon Yesterday (New York: 1989); The Xeroxed Apollo (date unknown; possibly unpublished); and The Ninth of Never (unpublished, 1990).

Other novels by Avallone writing under his own name:

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. series: The Birds of a Feather Affair (New York: New American Library, 1966; London: New English Library, 1967); The Blazing Affair (New York: New American Library, 1966); The Devil-Down-Under Affair (date unknown; possibly unpublished); The Thrush and the Eagles Affair (date unknown; possibly unpublished); Station Six -- Sahara (New York: Popular Library, 1964); Kaleidoscope (New York: Popular Library, 1966); The Felony Squad (New York: Popular Library, 1967); Is There a Teenage Driver in Your House? with Lawrence E. Schlesinger (New York: New American Library, 1967); The Man from A.V.O.N. (New York: Avon, 1967); The Coffin Things (New York: Lancer, 1968); Hawaii Five-O (New York: New American Library, 1968); The Incident (New York: New American Library, 1968); Mannix (New York: Popular Library, 1968); The Killing Star (London: Hale, 1969); Krakatoa, East of Java (New York: New American Library, 1969); Missing! (New York: New American Library, 1969); Terror in the Sun (New York: New American Library, 1969); Beneath the Planet of the Apes (New York: New American Library, 1970; Toronto and London: Bantam, 1970); A Bullet for Pretty Boy (New York: Curtis, 1970); The Doctors (New York: Popular Library, 1970); Hornet's Nest (New York: Popular Library, 1970); One More Time (New York: Popular Library, 1970); When Were You Born? (Paris: Gallimard, 1971); The Girls in Television (New York: Ace, 1974); The Werewolf Walks Tonight (New York: Warner, 1974; London: Mews, 1976); Devil, Devil (New York: Warner, 1975; London: New English Library, 1976); Finest Films of the Fifties (New York: Scholastic, 1978); Where Monsters Walk (New York: Scholastic, 1978); Where Monsters Walk Again (New York: Scholastic, 1978); Friday the Thirteenth, Part 3 (New York: Star, 1982); A Woman Called Golda (New York: Leisure, 1982; London: W. H. Allen, 1982); Tender Loving Fear (New York: Blue Heron, 1984); and several undated and/or unpublished works: Above a Whisper; The Barney Arluck Story (nonfiction, unpublished); Be Still, My Heart; The Bloody Owl; Death of a .300 Hitter (memoir, unpublished); Everybody Wants to Get Laid; Fat People's Lib, with Lolly Wurtzel and Tony Marotta (nonfiction, unpublished, 1975); I Remember Dallas; The Man Who Lost It at the Movies (novella); Mitzi (unpublished); The New War, treatment of an Executioner outline by Dan Pendleton (unfinished, 1981); Revenge of the Phoenix, also called The Sugar Cane Sting (unpublished, 1982); The Satan Sleuth; Swingin' in the Rain; Vampires Wild (the Satan Sleuth series); and The Zombie Depot (the Satan Sleuth series).

Works by Avallone writing as James Blaine consist of My Secret Life With Older Women (New York: Lancer, 1968).

Novels by Avallone writing as Nick Carter include Run, Spy, Run (synopsis only; New York: Award, 1964); and Saigon (New York: Award, 1964).

Novels by Avallone writing as Troy Conway (all published by by Paperback Library, New York) include Come One, Come All (1968); The Man-Eater (1968); A Good Peace (1969); Had Any Lately? (1969); I'd Rather Fight than Swish (1969); All Screwed Up (1970); The Blow-Your-Mind Job (1970); The Cunning Linguist (1970); The Penetrator (1971); and A Stiff Proposition (1971).

Novels by Avallone writing as Priscilla Dalton (all published by Paperback Library, New York) include The Darkening Willows (1965); 90 Gramercy Park (1965); The Silent, Silken Shadows (1965); and The Second Secret (1966).

Novels by Avallone writing as Jean-Anne de Pre (all published by Popular Library, New York, and Sphere, London) include A Sound of Dying Roses (1971); The Third Woman (1971); Aquarius, My Evil (1972); Die, Jessica, Die (1972); and Warlock's Woman (1973).

Novels by Avallone writing as Dora Highland include 153 Oakland Street (New York: Popular Library, 1973); and Death is a Dark Man (New York: Popular Library, 1974).

Novels by Avallone writing as Dorothea Nile include The Evil Men Do (New York: Tower, 1966); Mistress of Farrondale (New York: Tower, 1966); Terror at Deepcliff (New York: Tower, 1966); and The Third Shadow (New York: Avon, 1973).

Novels by Avallone writing as Edwina Noone include Heirloom of Tragedy (New York: Lancer, 1965); The Victorian Crown (New York: Paperback Library, 1965); Daughter of Darkness (New York: New American Library, 1966); The Second Secret (New York: Belmont, 1966); The Craghold Creatures (New York: Beagle, 1972); The Craghold Curse (New York: Beagle, 1972); The Craghold Crypt (New York: Beagle, 1973); The Craghold Cross (New York: Beagle, 1975); and Scarborough Warning (unpublished, 1975).

Novels by Avallone writing as Vance Stanton consist of books in the Partridge Family series (all published by Curtis, New York), including The Partridge Family (1970); The Haunted Hall (1970); Keith, the Hero (1971); Keith Partridge, Master Spy (1971); The Fat and Skinny Murder Mystery (1972); The Walking Finger (1972); Who's Laughing in the Grave? (1972); and Love Comes to Keith Partridge (1973).

Novels by Avallone writing as Sidney Stuart include Young Dillinger (New York: Belmont, 1965) and The Beast With Red Hands (New York: Popular Library, 1973).

Novels by Avallone writing as Steve Michaels consist of The Main Attraction (New York: Belmont, 1963).

Novels by Avallone writing as Stuart Jason consist of books in the Butcher series (all published by Pinnacle, New York), including The Judas Judge (1979); Slaughter in September (1980); Kill Them Silently (1980); Coffin Corner, U.S.A. (1981); Death in Yellow (1981); The Hoodoo Horror (1981); Go Die in Afghanistan (1982); Gotham Gore (1982); and The Man from White Hat (1982).

Novels by Avallone writing as Lee Davis Willoughby (all published by Dell, New York) include The Gunfighters (1981); The Rough Riders (1984); and The Six-Gun Apostles (1984).

Novels by Avallone writing as Amanda Jean Jarrett consist of Red Roses Forever (New York: Dell, 1983).

Most of the manuscripts for these novels include a note from Avallone providing some context for how or why a work was written, why it was or was not published, etc. In addition to the novels above, the collection includes numerous shorter pieces, such as short stories, texts for narrations, non-fiction articles, and so forth. Also included is a notebook containing some impressions of films (as well as Avallone's drawings), dated 1940-1941.

Other manuscripts of note include the short story "Mask for Murder," ghost-written by Avallone for Davis Dresser under the pseudonym Brett Halliday; pilot script for a projected "Ed Noon" television series; "Notes on the Blacklist" (1975); several proposed episodes of the television series Sea Hunt ; and film production notes regarding Cannonball Run .

Printed material includes various newspaper clippings and printed articles about Avallone through his entire prolific career. Other items include advertisements and promotional material, printed letters from Avallone to various magazines, and numerous rare small-press or mimeograph magazines with articles or stories by Avallone. Several items pertain to Avallone's friendship with Cornell Woolrich.

Professional material in the collection primarily pertains to the Mystery Writers of America, where Avallone served on the Board of Directors. This material includes a list of officers, material regarding the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner (1968), printed publications, including several samples of The Third Degree pertaining to Avallone (1953-1969); membership cards; material regarding film and television awards from the MWA (1963-1969); meeting minutes; newsletters; and numerous other items.

Photographs in the collection include several prints of Avallone, in color and black and white, as well as some prints of family and friends.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters and fan mail spanning most of Avallone's long career. Notable correspondents are a mixture of fellow genre writers and significant public figures; they include Joey Adams, Pearl Bailey, Jacques Barzun, Frank Capra, Gene Kelly, Linus Pauling, Seymour Peck, Frank Rich, Leo Rosten, Andrew Sarris, John Steinbeck. Notable genre writers include Paul Anderson, Robert Arthur, Robert Bloch, Anthony Boucher, Howard Browne, Leslie Charteris, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Mignon Eberhart, Robert Fish, Mildred and Gordon Gordon, Ed Lacy, Mickey Spillane, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Cornell Woolrich.

Other items in the collection include a citation to Avallone from the National Writers Club (1969); work and personal calendars (1972-1978); journal/datebooks (1948, 1951-1954, 1962-1968, 1978-1984, 1986); a videotaped interview with Avallone by Gemma Turi; a citation from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1980); and a toy revolver given to Avallone by Bill Daparato, which Avallone claimed inspired his novel The Two-Gun Kid (1967).

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Notable Figures
1. Avallone, Michael
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Authors, American
4. Novels
5. American literature--20th century
6. Photographs
7. Diaries