On this day in Alabama history: Author Mary Counselman was born

On this day in Alabama history: Author Mary Counselman was born
"Half in Shadow: A Collection of Tales for the Night Hours" was the first collection of short stories published by Alabama horror author Mary Counselman. Produced in the United Kingdom in 1964, it features many of her most popular stories, including the widely reproduced "The Three Marked Pennies," which she wrote in 1926 at the age of 15. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama)

November 19, 1911

Poet and author Mary Counselman was born in Birmingham on this day in 1911. A graduate of Alabama College (which later became the University of Montevallo,) Counselman worked for a time as a reporter at The Birmingham News. She had dozens of short stories published in science fiction and horror anthologies, and in “pulp fiction” magazines such as Weird Tales, and in more mainstream outlets like The Saturday Evening Post. In 1981, she was recognized with the Phoenix Award for lifetime achievement as a Southern fantasy writer. She died in 1995.

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