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Frank Belknap Long
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    (April 27, 1901-January 3, 1994)
    Born in New York, New York
    American author
    Wrote science fiction, horror, mysteries, comic books and poetry
    Wrote twenty-nine novels
    Science fiction novels included: Space Station 1, Mars is My Destination, The Martian Visitors, Mission to a Star, and Woman From Another Planet
    Horror novels included: The Horror Experts, The Horror From The Hills, So Dark A Heritage, Legacy of Evil and Crucible of Evil
    Short stories collection included: Hounds Of Tindalos, Night Fear, The Early Long, Odd Science Fiction, and The Black Druid and Other Stories
    Wrote a biography of close friend HP Lovecraft, 'Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside'
    Published seven books of poetry including: A Man from Genoa, The Goblin Tower, In Mayan Splendor, When Changer Wakes Changer Faugn, and The Darkling Tide: Previously Uncollected Poetry
    Religiously agnostic
    Father was a dentist
    He was declared 4-F (physically unfit) for military service during WWII.
    His only work to be filmed was the short story 'The Space Eaters' for the TV series, Monsters.
    He sometimes used the pen name Leslie Northern for no particular reason.
    Using his wife's name as his pen name, he wrote a series of modern Gothic novels strictly for money which, though they sold well, were hammered by critics and long-time fans.
    He attended New York University and Columbia but did not graduate from either.
    His biography of close friend H. P. Lovecraft had to be heavily revised in later printings.
    He was close friends with H. P. Lovecraft, who called him a 'genius' and who 'exchanged more than a thousand letters, not a few running more than eighty hand-written pages.' Indeed, Lovecraft was so well liked by Long's family that Long's parents would take him on vacation with them and he would spend Christmas with Long and his family.
    Arthur Machen was also a close friend, and Long wrote a book of poetry titled 'On Reading Arthur Machen.'
    He had a life long amateur's interest in natural history.
    He grew up reading; L. Frank Baum, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Edgar Allan Poe and was heavily influenced by them as a writer.
    As a young man he almost died from peritonitis after suffering a ruptured appendix. This experience led him to decide to dedicate himself to his first love, writing.
    He was married more than sixty years.

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