Sunday, March 25, 2012

Earl Leaston Bell (1895-1972)

Aka Earl L. Bell
Newspaperman and Author
Born February 11, 1895, Augusta, Georgia
Died March 26, 1972, Richmond County, Georgia (probably Augusta)

Earl Leaston Bell was born on February 11, 1895, in Augusta, Georgia. I believe the original spelling of his name was Earle, a name that could easily have been turned into "early bell" by friends and schoolmates. Bell's father was a life insurance agent. Ironically he died while Bell was a young man, leaving him to provide for his mother and two sisters. As early as 1917, when he filled out his draft card, Earle L. Bell was working as a newspaper reporter on the Augusta Herald. He may very well have spent his career in his native city as a newspaperman. However, that didn't prevent him from submitting stories to pulp magazines beginning in February 1924 with "Doctor DeBruce" in Weird Tales. Other Bell stories included "The Moon of Doom" in Amazing Stories Quarterly (Winter 1928), "The Young Old Man" in Amazing Stories (Sept. 1929, reprinted in Amazing Stories in Oct. 1962, and in Science Fiction Adventure Classics, Winter 1970), and "The Land of Lur" in Weird Tales (May 1930). Bell was an early reader of Weird Tales. The first of his four letters printed in "The Eyrie" showed up in the third issue of the magazine, in May 1923. Bell was later the author of "Sighs the Southwind" an essay in A Southern Sampler (1943) and the book The Augusta Chronicle: Indomitable Voice of Dixie, 1785-1960 (1960) with Kenneth C. Crabbe. Bell died on March 26, 1972, probably in the city of his birth.

Earl Leaston Bell's Stories and Letters in Weird Tales
Letter to "The Eyrie" (May 1923)
"Doctor DeBruce" (Feb. 1924)
Letter to "The Eyrie" (July 1926)
"The Land of Lur" (May 1930)
Letter to "The Eyrie" (May 1938)
Letter to "The Eyrie" (Oct 1938)

Further Reading
I'm afraid I don't know of any further reading on the life or work of Earl Leaston Bell.

Earl Leaston Bell's first story for Weird Tales appeared in this issue, February 1924, just in time for the author's 29th birthday. The cover art was by R.M Mally.
In his next appearance, Bell found his name listed on the cover with art by C.C. Senf.
Bell's name made the cover of Science Fiction Adventure Classics in the winter of 1970 with a reprint from four decades before. The cover art by Frank R. Paul was also a reprint.
Text and captions copyright 2012 Terence E. Hanley

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mr. Hanley, could you tell me where did you obtain the information about this author?

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