The Mystery Fancier

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The Mystery Fancier
Volume 2, No. 2 March 1978
Cover art by Franklyn Hamilton

The Mystery Fancier was a fanzine published by Guy M. Townsend.

Originally entitled The Mystery FANcier for the first few volumes, it was published in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A. in the 1970s and in Osceola, Arkansas; West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Madison, Indiana in the 1980s, and 1990s. 13 volumes were published, the last issue appearing in Fall 1992. William F. Deeck published an index to The Mystery Fancier in 1993, later reprinted in 2006.

As the title suggests, the fanzine was devoted to mystery literature and film, including characters such as Bulldog Drummond, Matt Helm, Mrs. Pollifax, Sam Spade, Philo Vance, Nero Wolfe, and writers such as Harold R. Daniels, Doris Miles Disney, Tony Hillerman, Geoffrey Homes, P.D. James, Daphne Du Maurier, Ellery Queen, Sax Rohmer, Alexandra Roudybush, Rex Stout, and many others.

Contributors of writing included Walter Albert, Jane S. Bakerman, R. Jeff Banks, Joseph Barbato, Earl F. Bargainnier, Everett F. Bleiler, Robert E. Briney (Cataclysm), Neysa Chouteau, J.R. Christopher, Bill Crider, William F. Deeck, Mary Jean DeMarr, George N. Dove, Ted Dukeshire, Frank Floyd, Gerie Frazier, Larry L. French, Mary Ann Grochowski, E.R. Hagemann, Iwan Hedman, Evelyn Herzog, Fred Isaac, George Kelley, Marvin Lachman, William Loeser, Frank D. McSherry, Jr., Jeff Meyerson, Ellen Neehr, Francis M. Nevins, Jr., Bob Sampson, Robert E. Skinner, Barry Van Tilburg, Jo Ann Vicarel, Martin Morse Wooster. and others.

Reviews were by Amnon Kabatchnik, Steve Lewis, and Francis M. Nevins, Jr.

Also included were interviews with Nicolas Freeling, by Jane S. Bakerman.

Contributors of art work included Karl Cerasoli, Al Fick, Brad Foster, Franklyn Hamilton, August Mead, Bob Napier, and others.

Letters came from Robert Aucott, Myrtis Broset, David Doerrer, Jane Gottschalk, Carl Larsen, Elmore H. Mundell, Peter Pross, Sandy Sandulo, Steve Stilwell, Dick Wenstrup, and Robert M. Williams, among others.