Horace McCoy

Horace McCoy (1897-1955)

Horace McCoy did most of his work as a non-noir scriptwriter after 1931 when he worked in Hollywood as a scripwriter. However, McCoy's best known novel is the noir-styled They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, which was adapted to screen in 1969 and directed by Sydney Pollack. McCoy was born in Pegram, Tennessee. He was educated in schools in Nashville. In the late 1920's he started to get his short stories published in such magazines as Detective-Dragnet, Detective Action Stories, and Black Mask. After 1931 he worked in Hollywood, writing westerns, crime melodramas, and other films. He died on December 15, 1955. For further reading: Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, ed. by John M. Reilly (1985)

See also the McCoy page at Pegasos - The Literature-Related Resource Site in Finland, and the Tangled Web Books page in the UK.

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