Stanley Ellin

Stanley Ellin (1916-1986) was an American mystery writer known primarily for his short stories. After working a series of odd jobs including dairy farmer, salesman, steel worker, and teacher, and serving in the US Army, Ellin began writing full time in 1946. Two years later, his story "The Specialty of the House" won the Ellery Queen Award for Best First Story. He went on to win three Edgar Awards-two for short stories and one for his novel The Eighth Circle.

In 1981, Ellin was honored with the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. He died of a heart attack in Brooklyn in 1986. 

“Ellin consistently wrote the best mystery stories of his time.” —Lawrence Block

“One of the modern masters of the genre, with a reputation built firmly upon novels and some of the most imaginative stories in the mystery-suspense field.” —Edward D. Hoch, author of the Nick Velvet series

“One of the top American writers of this century, regardless of genre.” —Encyclopedia Mysteriosa

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