A sudden fire claimed the house and studio of writer James Reasoner Tuesday. James is a friend, a terrific writer of crime novels and Westerns, incredibly prolific, and an inveterate collector of comics, pulps, and books. If you had a question about old paperbacks or pulp magazines or almost anything else, he was one of the guys you would turn to.
Now it's all gone. He and his family got out with the clothes on their backs. I'm hoping there will be some sort of public effort to help them out--an emergency fund, or at least a drive to restore some of his collection to him--and if there is I'll let you know here. In the meantime, he and his family could use your prayers and good thoughts.
One thing you can do right now is buy a copy of my favorite Reasoner novel, the tight, exciting Texas Wind, online or at a bookseller near you. While you're at it, pick up a couple of his others--you'll be helping yourself as well as them.