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Avram Davidson

USA (1923 - 1993)

Avram Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1962 to 1964. His last novel The Boss in the Wall: A Treatise on the House Devil was completed by Grania Davis and was a Nebula Award finalist in 1998.
 
Series contributed to
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 12th SeriesThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 13th SeriesThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 14th Series
 
Anthologies edited
Magic for SaleAdventures in Unhistory
 
Anthologies containing stories by Avram Davidson
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 4th Series (1955)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 5th Series (1956)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 6th Series (1957)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 7th Series (1958)
A Decade of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1960)
The Fantastic Universe Omnibus (1960)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 12th Series (1963)
Venture Science Fiction 1 (1963)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 13th Series (1964)
Venture Science Fiction 9 (1964)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 14th Series (1965)
An ABC of Science Fiction (1966)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 15th Series (1966)
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1966)
Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction (1966)
New Worlds of Fantasy (1967)
     aka Step Outside Your Mind
Rod Serling's Devils and Demons (1967)
World's Best Science Fiction 1967 (1967)
     aka World's Best SF 3rd Series
The Hollywood Nightmare (1970)
Partners in Wonder (1971)
The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 2 (1976)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 2 (1976)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 4 (1978)
The Year's Finest Fantasy (1978)
Shadows (1978)
The Year's Finest Fantasy Volume 2 (1979)
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981)
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever (1982)
Magic for Sale (1983)
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (1984)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 10 (1984)
Universe 15 (1985)
Alfred Hitchcock's Book of Horror Stories Book 5 (1986)
Heroic Visions II (1986)
The Year's Best Science Fiction Third Annual Collection (1986)
Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century (1987)
Tales of the Occult (1989)
Curses (1989)
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1992)
Inside the Funhouse: 17 SF Stories About SF (1992)
Borderlands 3 (1993)
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (1993)
Dragons! (1993)
Future Earths : Under South American Skies (1993)
The Norton Book of Science Fiction (1993)
Dinosaurs II (1995)
The Best of Weird Tales (1995)
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996)
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1997)
Timegates (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats (1998)
     aka The Fantasy Hall of Fame
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998)
The Young Oxford Book of Aliens (1998)
The Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy (1999)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Ten (1999)
The Furthest Horizon (2000)
Aliens Among Us (2000)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 4th SeriesThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 5th SeriesThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 6th SeriesThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 7th Series
A Decade of Fantasy and Science FictionThe Fantastic Universe OmnibusThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 12th SeriesThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 13th Series
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 14th SeriesAn ABC of Science FictionThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 15th SeriesThe Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science FictionNew Worlds of FantasyRod Serling's Devils and DemonsWorld's Best Science Fiction 1967
The Hollywood NightmarePartners in WonderThe Black Magic Omnibus Volume 2The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 2
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 4The Year's Finest FantasyShadowsThe Year's Finest Fantasy Volume 2
A Treasury of Modern FantasyThe Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to ForeverMagic for Sale100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 10Universe 15Heroic Visions IIThe Year's Best Science Fiction Third Annual Collection
Great Science Fiction of the 20th CenturyTales of the OccultCurses100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Inside the Funhouse: 17 SF Stories About SFBorderlands 3Isaac Asimov's SF-LiteDragons!
Future Earths : Under South American SkiesThe Norton Book of Science FictionDinosaurs IIThe Best of Weird Tales
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of FantasyModern Classics of FantasyTimegatesThe Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats
The Mammoth Book of Comic FantasyThe Young Oxford Book of AliensThe Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic FantasyThe Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Ten
The Furthest HorizonAliens Among Us
 
Short stories
My Boy Friend's Name is Jello (1954)
The Golem (1955)
King's Evil (1956)
Help! I Am Dr Morris Goldpepper (1957)
Jury-Rig (1957)
Mr Stilwell's Stage (1957)
The Necessity of His Condition (1957)
Negra Sum (1957)
Now Let Us Sleep (1957)
Summerland (1957)
The Bounty Hunter (1958)
The Grantha Sighting (1958)
Great is Diana (1958)
I Do Not Hear You, Sir (1958)
Or All the Seas with Oysters [short story] (1958)Hugo
Or the Grasses Grow (1958)
Paramount Ulj (1958)
Author, Author (1959)
The Certificate (1959)
Dagon (1959)
Love Called This Thing (1959) (with Laura Goforth)
The Montevarde Camera (1959)
No Fire Burns (1959)
The Ogre (1959)
Ogre in the Vly (1959)
The Sensible Man (1959)
Take Wooden Indians (1959)
The Woman Who Thought She Could Read (1959)
Apres Nous (1960)
Climacteric (1960)
Fair Trade (1960)
The Sixth Season (1960)
The Sources of the Nile (1960)
Yo-Ho, and Up (1960)
The Cost of Kent Castwell (1961)
Dragon Skin Drum (1961)
The Teeth of Despair (1961) (with Sidney Klein)
The Vat (1961)
Dr Morris Goldpepper Returns (1962)
Miss Buttermouth (1962)
The Singular Events Which Occurred in the Hovel on the Alley Off Eye Street (1962)
The Sixty-Third Street Station (1962)
The Tail-Tied Kings (1962)
They Loved Me in Utica (1962)
Faed-Out (1963)
The Lineaments of Gratified Desire (1963)
What Strange Stars and Skies [short story] (1963)
The Cobblestones of Saratoga Street (1964)
Sacheverell (1964)
The Unknown Law (1964)
Where Do You Live, Queen Esther? (1964)
The Goobers (1965)
The House the Blakeneys Built (1965)Nebula (nominee)
Rogue Dragon [short story] (1965)Nebula (nominee)
Up Christopher to Madness (1965) (with Harlan Ellison)
Bumberboom (1966)
Clash of Star Kings (1966)Nebula (nominee)
The Power of Every Root (1967)
Basilisk (1969)
The Phoenix and the Mirror (excerpt) (1969)
Big Sam (1970)
The Lord of Central Park (1970)
A Bottle Full of Kismet (1971)
The Man Who Saw the Elephant (1971)
The Trefoil Company (1971)
The Last Wizard (1972)
Peregrine: Alflandia (1973)
The Case of the Mother-in-Law of Pearl (1975)
The Ceaseless Stone (1975)
The Church of Saint Satan and Pandaemons (1975)
The Crown Jewels of Jerusalem, Or, the Tell-Tale Head (1975)
The King's Shadow Has No Limits (1975)
Milord Sir Smiht, the English Wizard (1975)
The Old Woman Who Lived With a Bear (1975)
Polly Charms, the Sleeping Woman (1975)Nebula (nominee)
Hark! Was That the Squeal of an Angry Thoat? (1977)
Manatee Gal Ain't You Coming Out Tonight (1977)World Fantasy (nominee)
The 13th Brumaire (1978)
I Weep, I Cry, I Glorify (1978)
In Which the Lodge Is Tiled (1978)
Lemuria Revisited (1978)
Naples (1978)World Fantasy (nominee)
Partial Comfort (1978)
Sleep Well of Nights (1978)World Fantasy (nominee)
There Beneath the Silky-Trees and Whelmed in Deeper Gulphs Than Me (1980)Nebula (nominee)
Dr Bhumbo Singh (1982)
Full Chicken Richness (1983)
The Hills Behind Hollywood High (1983) (with Grania Davis)
The Slovo Stove (1984)World Fantasy (nominee)
Young Doctor Esterhazy (1984)Nebula (nominee)
Duke Pasquale's Ring (1985)
Body Man (1986)
The Head of Shemesh the Eshurian (1986)
Knox's 'Nga (1988)
The Odd Old Bird (1988)
The Man Who Was Made of Money (1993)
The Boss In the Wall [short story] (1998) (with Grania Davis)Nebula (nominee)
The Boss in the Wall: a Treatise On the House Devil (1998) (with Grania Davis)


Awards
Hugo Best Short story winner (1958) : Or All the Seas with Oysters [short story]
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1966) : The House the Blakeneys Built
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1966) : Rogue Dragon
Nebula nominee (1966) : Rogue Dragon [short story]
Nebula nominee (1967) : Clash of Star Kings
Nebula nominee (1976) : Polly Charms, the Sleeping Woman
World Fantasy Best Collection winner (1976) : The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1978) : Manatee Gal Ain't You Coming Out Tonight
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1979) : Naples
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1979) : The Redward Edward Papers
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1979) : Sleep Well of Nights
World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement nominee (1980)
Nebula nominee (1981) : There Beneath the Silky-Trees and Whelmed in Deeper Gulphs Than Me
World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement nominee (1981)
Nebula nominee (1985) : Young Doctor Esterhazy
World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement winner (1986)
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1986) : The Slovo Stove
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1988) : Vergil in Averno
Nebula nominee (1999) : The Boss In the Wall [short story]


Links to other websites
The AVRAM DAVIDSON Website



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