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Oscar J. Friend

Oscar Jerome Friend (January 8, 1897 – January 19, 1963) began his career primarily as a pulp fiction author in various genres including horror, Westerns, science fiction, and detective fiction. As a pulp writer he worked with Wonder Stories, Startling Stories, Strange Stories, Captain Future and Thrilling Wonder Stories. As his career progressed, Oscar Friend authored many novels, which were published worldwide. Friend wrote screenplays, worked as an editor on periodicals, and was co-editor on several anthologies. Finally, he took the helm of a literary agency.

Biography

Oscar Jerome Friend was born on January 8, 1897 in St. Louis, Missouri to Jinnie L. and Joseph Friend. He married Irene Ozment in 1917.

Oscar Friend moved to Los Angeles at the request of Walt Disney Productions, and worked for some time as a scriptwriter for films at Universal Studios before returning to New York.

He died in January 1963.

Legacy

Upon the death of his friend and literary agent, Otis Kline, Oscar Friend acquired ownership of his company, Otis Kline Associates. Friend, with the partnership of his wife Irene Ozment Friend, became one of the foremost international science fiction and fantasy agents of the 1950s and 1960s. Oscar Friend's clients included many talented ground-breaking authors, among them: Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard, Theodore Sturgeon, Murray Leinster, and Frank Herbert.

Novels

Science Fiction

  • "The Kid From Mars" (1948) Genre: Science Fiction. Disney approached Oscar J. Friend just after WWII, planning to make this novel into a musical with Danny Kaye, but the film plans fell through due to a change in Kaye's retirement plans. The film rights to the book were again optioned by Disney in the 1990s.
  • "Of Jovian Build" (1938) Genre: Science Fiction.
  • "The Worms Turn" (1940) Genre: Science Fiction.
  • "The Stolen Spectrum" (circa 1940's) Genre: Science Fiction.
  • "The Water World" (1941) Genre: Science Fiction.
  • "The Molecule Monsters" (1942, 1950) Genre: Science Fiction.
  • "Roar of the Rocket" (1950) Genre: Science Fiction.
  • "The Star Men" (1953) Genre: Science Fiction.

Westerns

  • "Click of Triangle T" (1925) Genre: Western, published first as a novel,then produced as a film by Monogram Pictures, starring Hoot Gibson
  • "The Round Up" (1924) Genre: Western
  • "The Bullet Eater" (1925) Genre: Western
  • "The Wolf of Wildcat Mountain" (1926) Genre: Western
  • "Gun Harvest" (1927, republished 1948) Genre: Western
  • "Bloody Ground" (1928) Genre: Western
  • "The Mississippi Hawk" (1929) Genre: Western
  • "The Hawk of Hazard (1929) Genre: Western
  • "The Maverick" (1930) Genre: Western
  • "Half Moon Ranch" (1931) Genre: Western
  • "The Range Maverick" (1934) Genre: Western
  • "Without Benefit of Bullets" (1941) Genre: Western
  • "The Wedding Gift" (1943) Genre: Western
  • "Oklahoma Gun Song" (1944) Genre: Western
  • "Love's Gun Doctor" (1944) Genre: Western
  • "Gun Trail to Glory" (circa 1940's) Genre: Western
  • "Betty of the Lazy W" (circa 1940's) Genre: Western
  • "The Range Doctor" (1948) Genre: Western
  • "Guns of Powder River" (first published under this title in the UK in 1950) [republished in 1963 in the US as "Action at Powder River" under the pen name Ford Smith] Genre: Western.
  • "The Last Raid" (1952) Genre: Western
  • "Lobo Brand" (1954) Genre: Western

Thrillers

  • "The Hand Of Horror" (1927) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "The Red Kite Clue" (1928) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "Domes of Silence" (1929) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "The Golf Course Murders" (1929) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome, published in the U.S. and the U.K.
  • "The Murder at Avalon Arms" (1931) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome, published in the U.S. and the U.K.
  • "The Cat and the Fiddle" (19__) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "Murder - As Usual" (1942) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "Shadow Justice" (1942) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "The Corpse Awaits" (1946) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "Death Script" (19__) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "A Night at Club Bagdad" (1950) Genre: Thriller Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "Double Life" (1959) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "The Five Assassins" (1958) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • "Leave Everything to Me" (1959) Genre: Thriller. Written under the pen name Owen Fox Jerome.
  • Friend also used the pen names Ford Smith & Frank Johnson for his science fiction novels, and the pseudonym Sergeant Saturn as editor.

Anthologies co-edited by Oscar J. Friend

  • From Off This World (1949) with Leo Margulies
  • My Best Science Fiction Story (1949) with Leo Margulies
  • Giant Anthology of SF (1954) with Leo Margulies
  • Giant Anthology of Science Fiction (1954) with Leo Margulies
  • Race to the Stars (1958) with Leo Margulies

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