Sunday, February 22, 2015

Graeme Flanagan (1947-2015)

I have just learned that veteran Aussie paperback collector Graeme Flanagan died on Saturday, 21 February 2015.

Graeme was interviewed back in 2005 by James Cockington for an article on Australian pulp paperbacks, in which he revealed that he had begun collecting Carter Brown crime novels in High School. Eventually he amassed one of the finest collections of paperbacks in Australia and compiled Australian Vintage Paperback Guide (New York, Gryphon Books, 1994). He also wrote and self-published Robert Bloch: A Bio-Bibliography (1979) and was well known in Australian SF circles.

For some while he ran the Australian Vintage Paperbacks website and a fansite dedicated to Robert McGinnis which was closed in 2008. He subsrquently set up a Pinterest site for his cover scans.

Graeme Kenneth Flanagan, born on 6 June 1947, was a retired public servant, married (to Jill Mary Flanagan) and lived in the suburbs of Canberra, ACT. He was survived by his wife, his children Melinda and David, and five grandchildren.

(* Robert Bloch cover via SFE.)

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