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Basil Copper
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    (February 5, 1924-April 3, 2013)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    British author
    Full name: Basil Fredrick Allen Copper
    Protege of August Derleth
    Known mainly for his horror works and private eye mysteries featuring Solar Pons and Michael Faraday
    Some of the almost sixty Michael Faraday books include The Dark Mirror, (1956) The Big Chill, (1972) A Good Place to Die, (1975) Die Now, Live Later, (1968) A Voice from the Dead, (1974) Death Squad, (1977) Flip-Side, (1980) Shoot-Out, (1982) The Narrow Corner, (1983) Snow-Job, (1986) and Bad Scene, House-Dick, and Print-Out in 1988
    The Solar Pons books include The Dossier of Solar Pons, The Further Adventures of Solar Pons, and The Secret Files of Solar Pons all released in 1979. Additionally; The Uncollected Cases of Solar Pons, (1980) The Exploits of Solar Pons, (1993) The Recollections of Solar Pons, (1995) Solar Pons Versus The Devil's Claw, (2004) and Solar Pons: The Final Cases in 2005
    Standalone titles include Not After Nightfall, (1967) The Vampire: In Legend, Fact and Art, (1973) When Footsteps Echo, (1975) And Afterward, The Dark, (1977) Here Be Daemons, (1978) Necropolis, (1980) The House of the Wolf, (1983) The Adventure of the Singular Sandwich, (1995) and Darkness, Mist and Shadow: The Collected Macabre Tales of Basil Copper in 2010
    Solar Pons was a Sherlock Holmes ripoff actually started by August Derleth.
    Camera Obscura, from an episode of the original Twilight Zone was his only work to be filmed.
    His Michael Faraday creation was a limp imitation of Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe. Incidentally Copper never visited California and got all his impressions of it from watching old B&W detective movies.
    He was a reporter before turning to fiction writing full-time.
    He sold millions of books.
    He and his wife were married for over fifty years, from 1960 to his death in 2013
    He served in the Royal Navy during WWII and was a radio operator on a gunboat during the D-Day invasion.
    He was member of the Crime Writers Association for over thirty years and even served briefly as its president.
    Although best known for his detective novels, his best work was actually in the horror and fantasy fields.

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