KENDELL FOSTER CROSSEN

1910 - 1981

Writing as: Bennett Barlay, M. E. Chaber, Ken Crossen, Kendell Foster Crossen, Richard Foster, Christopher Monig, Clay Richards


Born into a farming family in Ohio, Kendell Foster Crossen attended Rio Grande College in that state, playing football. After his formal education was over, he worked a variety of jobs including carnival barker and insurance investigator, knowledge of the latter definitely bringing him his best education for his later career. During the Great Depression, he was given a job as a writer on several WPA projects including a New York City guidebook. He would use that experience to transition to editing the Detective Fiction Weekly. In the 40s he really broke into the writing business with a steady stream of pulp fictions, largely detective stories. He then transitioned to penning scripts for radio dramas, producing hundreds in a few years. This would lead directly into television screenplays where he wrote for such famous shows as Perry Mason and 77 Sunset Strip.



Series Books
Bennett Barlay
 
Non-Spy Series Satan Comes Across (1945)
 
M. E. Chaber
 
Milo March Hangman's Harvest (1952)
  No Grave For March (1953)
  As Old As Cain (1954)
  The Man Inside (1954)
  The Splintered Man (1955)
  A Lonely Walk (1956)
  The Gallows Garden (1958)
  A Hearse Of Another Color (1958)
  So Dead The Rose (1959)
  Jade For A Lady (1962)
  Softly In the Night (1963)
  Six Who Ran (1964)
  Uneasy Lies The Dead (1964)
  Wanted: Dead Men (1965)
  The Day It Rained Diamonds (1966)
  A Man In The Middle (1967)
  Wild Midnight Falls (1968)
  The Flaming Man (1969)
  Green Grows The Graves (1970)
  The Bonded Dead (1971)
  Born To Be Hanged (1973)
 
 
Ken Crossen
 
Non-Spy Series The Case of the Curious Heel [Jason Jones] (1944)
  The Case of the Phantom Fingerprints [Jason Jones] (1945)
  Murder Out of Mind (1945)
 
Kendell Foster Crossen
 
Kim Locke The Tortured Path (1955)
  The Big Dive (1959)
  The Gentle Assassin (1964)
 
Non-Spy Series Once Upon a Star (1953)
 
Richard Foster
 
Non-Spy Series The Laughing Buddha Murders (1944)
  The Invisible Man Murders (1945)
  The Girl from Easy Street (1952)
  Blonde and Beautiful (1955)
  Bier for a Chaser (1959)
  The Rest Must Die (1959)
  Too Late for Mourning (1960)
 
Christopher Monig
 
Non-Spy Series The Burned Man aka Don’t Count the Corpses [Brian Brett] (1956)
  Abra-Cadaver [Brian Brett] (1958)
  Once Upon a Crime [Brian Brett] (1959)
  The Lonely Graves [Brian Brett] (1960)
 
Clay Richards
 
Non-Spy Series The Marble Jungle [Grant Kirby] (1961)
  Death of an Angel [Grant Kirby] (1963)
  Who Steals My Name (1964)