Sunday, December 9, 2012

Nafzinger connection

A Few weeks back I spoke of the Ray Nafzinger-Agnes Best Nafzinger connection, or what I thought maybe one.  I have since read "The Spell of the Turquoise" By Agnes Nafzinger From March 1954 issue of Love Book Magazine a Popular Publication its pictured in my earlier post on Love pulps, great cover of a blonde with compact.  The Story is one of a unnamed state in the south-west with a dude ranch and a very old turquoise mine found by the grandfather of the present day owner.  OK, the real story is between two woman, an old flame and his "best friend" and two other men who try to get the mine.  Very nice descriptions of the mine and a quality story too. 

Not much info was found by me on the Ray/Agnes deal but did find this<> on a book Agnes helped with, published in 1976, it sounds so much like the story in Love Book, the reviews seem to verify this too.  Seems that Agnes knew her stuff about that sort of activity.  Anyway figure she could be Rays daughter/wife being the age difference is a lot, he was most likely born in 1902 or so, he passed in 1946 and his first stories appeared in 1922 in Peoples Pulp with "Jes a Little Josh".  Matter of fact his first 3 publications were for Peoples and the next bunch for Ace High, seemed they were all westerns.  So that makes him maybe 20 or so writing for the pulps and then didn't live very long either.  But just a guess, there is no birthday given for him. An other bit of info comes from The Pulp Vault #14, an article written by J. Edward Leithead another excellent pulp western writer, gives his starting date at Ace High as 1924.  He said he was the youngest  guy there followed by Nafziner.  Leithead started out at the same time, he doesn't give his age but the photo of him looks like he's in his twenties. Given the date of the Colorado buried treasure book 1976, I guess it could he his daughter or wife, but lean toward it being his wife with the Best Nafzinger name, like my wife's name her maiden name and mine. She Started writing in 1943 for All Story Love and then for Rangeland Romances and what looks like the last year of Rays life 3 collaborations with him "I love Organ Music" from The Saturday Evening Post 1945, "Papa Played the Cello" from Colliers 1945, and "Lady Nightingale" from The Sat. Ev. Post 1947.  Seems a musical connection too.  So interesting stuff, but, nothing concrete, both were very good writers and I plan on reading some Ray Nafziner stuff in the near future, maybe some Holiday type of western would be good. 

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