Knowledge Identifier: +Joseph_Payne_Brennan
Born in 1918.
Countries: Rhode Island (67%), United States (33%)
Main connection: Stephen King
Linked to: Yale University, Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc., American Airlines
In the tradition of the psychic or paranormal detective, Brennan introduced his character, the sarsaparilla-sipping occultist Lucius Leffing in the story "The Haunted Housewife", which made its debut in the Winter of 1962-63 issue of MACABRE. For several decades Brennan championed Leffing's skill, the results of which can be found in the three collections, CASEBOOK, CHRONICLES, and the ADVENTURES, as well as a full length investigation into the bizarre happenings at the First World Fantasy Convention in 1975 "Act of Providence"
The third Lucius Leffing book was the short novel "Act of Providence" , set in and around the events of the First World Fantasy Convention, convened in Providence, RI., on Halloween Weekend 1975
In 1980, many of Brennan's classic horror stories were collected in the paperback-only collection "The Shapes at Midnight", with an introduction by Stephen King
The 1981 poetry collection "Creep to Death" assembled an even-handed blend of 84 poems by Brennan, many culled from the pages of Essence and Macabre, and various contemporary semi-pro genre magazines of the day, including Bleak December, Cross Plains, Myrddin, Nyctalops, Weirdbook, Whispers, and the one-off collaboration, Toadstool Wine , The collection concludes with a brief showcase by his wife, Doris Philbrick Brennan