Marvin Kaye

Marvin Nathan Kaye (born 10 March 1938) is an American mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and horror author and editor. He is a World Fantasy Award winner and served as editor of Weird Tales Magazine.

Marvin Nathan Kaye
BornMarch 10, 1938
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
OccupationNovelist, editor
Genremystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror

Early years

Kaye was born in Philadelphia, the son of Morris and Theresa (Baroski) Kaye. He received a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts at Penn State in 1960, as well as a Master of Arts in English literature and theater in 1962.[1][2]


Kaye served as a reporter for Grit Publishing Company from 1963-1965, an assistant managing editor for Business Travel Magazine in 1965 and a senior editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich from 1966-1970. He worked as a freelance writer in 1970 and artistic director of The Open Book in New York City, 1974. He was a lecturer at the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1975,[1] taught at NYU as an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing in 1976,[2] and as an adjunct professor at Mercy College from 2001-2006. He also worked as an improvisational comic at The Jekyll and Hyde Club in 2005.[1]

Kaye has edited numerous horror anthologies, and magazines such as H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. An anthology he edited, The Fair Folk, won a World Fantasy Award in 2006.[3] In 2011, he became the editor of Weird Tales.[4]

Kaye has also been a regular columnist, writing "Marvin Kaye's Nth Dimension" for Space and Time, a science fiction magazine. His column is exclusively on the Space and Time website.[5]

In 1975, Kaye co-founded The Open Book, a reader's theatre in New York City. The Open Book performed the 13th annual production of The Last Christmas Of Ebenezer Scrooge on December 12, 2010. Kaye adapted his own book for the play.[6]

Kaye is a member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild of America, the Actors' Equity Association, The Broadway League, and The Sons of the Desert (of which he served as president from 1974-1976). He is also an honorary member of the Mark Twain Society.[1]

Personal life

Kaye married Saralee Bransdorf; they have one child.[1] He currently resides in New York.[2]


Hillary Quayle

  • A Lively Game of Death (Saturday Review Press, 1972)
  • The Grand Ole Opry Murders (Sat. Review Press/Dutton, 1974)
  • Bullets for Macbeth (Sat. Review Press/Dutton, 1976)
  • The Laurel & Hardy Murders (Dutton, 1977)
  • The Soap Opera Slaughters (Doubleday, 1982)

Marty Gold

  • My Son The Druggist (Doubleday, 1977)
  • My Brother The Druggist (Doubleday, 1979)

The Masters of Solitude trilogy

The novel A Cold Blue Light, 1983 (with Parke Godwin; Berkley Books, 1983) is sometimes listed as a third volume of the trilogy, but it is unrelated. The third volume, Singer Among the Nightingales was not published before the death of Parke Godwin.

Adrian Philimore

  • The Incredible Umbrella (Doubleday, 1979)
  • The Amorous Umbrella (Doubleday, 1981)

Other novels

Edited anthologies

  • A Toy is Born (Stein and Day, 1973)
  • Fiends and Creatures (Popular Library, 1974)
  • Brother Theodore's Chamber of Horrors (Pinnacle, 1974)
  • Ghosts - A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old and New (Doubleday, 1981)
  • Masterpieces of Terror & the Supernatural (Doubleday, 1985)
  • Devils and Demons - A Treasury of Fiendish Tales Old and New (Doubleday, 1987)
  • Weird Tales, The Magazine That Never Dies (Doubleday, 1988)
  • Witches and Warlocks - Tales of Black Magic, Old and New (Doubleday, 1989)
  • 13 Plays of Ghosts and the Supernatural, with a preface by José Ferrer (Doubleday Book/Music Clubs, 1990)
  • Haunted America (Doubleday Book/Music Clubs, 1991)
  • Lovers and Other Monsters (Doubleday Book/Music Clubs, 1991)<
  • Sweet Revenge, 10 Plays of Bloody Murder, with a preface by Marilyn Stasio (The Fireside Theatre, 1992)
  • Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown (Doubleday, 1993)
  • The Game Is Afoot (St. Martin's Press, 1994)
  • Angels of Darkness (Doubleday Book/Music Clubs, 1994)
  • Readers Theatre: How to Stage It (Fireside Theatre, 1995)
  • The Resurrected Holmes (St. Martin's Press, 1996)
  • Page to Stage: Adapting Literature for Readers Theatre (The Fireside Theatre, 1996)
  • The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (St. Martin's Press, 1998)
  • Don't Open This Book! (Doubleday Direct Inc., 2000)
  • The Vampire Sextette (Doubleday Direct Inc., 2000)
  • Incisions, anthology of winning readers theatre plays (2000)
  • The Ultimate Halloween (Doubleday Direct Inc., 2003)
  • The Dragon Quintet (Doubleday Direct Inc., 2003)
  • The Nero Wolfe Files (Wildside Press, PA, 2004)
  • The Fair Folk (Science Fiction Book Club, 2005)
  • The Archie Goodwin Files (Wildside Press, 2005)
  • Forbidden Planets (Science Fiction Book Club, 2006)
  • A Book of Wizards (Science Fiction Book Club, 2008)
  • The Ghost Quartet (Tor Books, 2008)[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Who's Who in America, 63rd ed.
  2. ^ a b c "Marvin Kaye's official website".
  3. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  4. ^ VanderMeer, Ann (October 20, 2011). "Update on New Publishers". Weird Tales. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Marvin Kaye's Nth Dimension".
  6. ^ "The Open Book website".
  7. ^ "Marvin Kaye Summary Bibliography-ISFDB".

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