Jane Rice

Jane Rice (April 30, 1913 – March 2, 2003) was an American science fiction and horror writer.

Her fiction debut was with "The Dream" in the July 1940 issue of ''Unknown'', edited by the legendary sf editor John W. Campbell. During the war she published 10 stories in ''Unknown''. Campbell purchased her first and only novel, ''Lucy'', in 1943, and was holding it in inventory for a future issue when ''Unknown'' suddenly ceased publication late in 1943. Street & Smith held the manuscript for several years but after the war it vanished from their files, and Rice had failed to preserve a carbon copy. Despite efforts to trace it on the part of scholars and editors it has not been located.

Her stories in ''Unknown'' were well received. Her slyly sensual werewolf story "The Refugee" from the October 1943 issue was selected by Campbell for his best of anthology ''From Unknown Worlds'' (1946) and it was also anthologized in ''Rivals of Weird Tales'' (1990) and the Library of America's ''American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now'' (2009), edited by Peter Straub. "The Idol of the Flies" from the June 1942 issue has also been frequently anthologized; it concerns an evil boy named Pruitt who has been called "one of the most monstrous children in literature".

After the war she wrote for the slicks and women's magazines, including ''Colliers'', ''Ladies' Home Journal'', ''Cosmopolitan'', and ''Charm''. After a hiatus lasting several years she wrote stories for ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction'' in the late 1950s, and in 1966 published the story "The Loolies Are Here", written in collaboration with Ruth Allison under the name Allison Rice in the anthology ''Orbit 1'' (1966), edited by Damon Knight.

In the 1980s she resumed writing with a number of atmospheric mystery short stories for ''Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine''. In 1995 Necronomicon Press published her horror novelette ''The Sixth Dog'' as a chapbook. She did not live to see the publication of her second book, a collection of her short fiction called ''The Idol of the Flies and Other Stories'', published by Midnight House in 2003 as a limited edition of 500 copies. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Rice, Jane
Published 2005