Looking for information on whatever became of a Charles Criswell who was a short-story writer back in the 1950s.He had one book of about a dozen stories published in 1958 called NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE STORK WILL BRING (also title of one of the stories.) It's long out of print, but one can sometimes find it in second-hand shops and even online.
IMO, he was extremely talented, writing mainly about troubled children and youths, with suspense, twist endings and a lot of psychological insight, yet very easy to read.Not as complex as Flannery O'Connor, but reminiscent, I think. I've re-read it numerous times over the years.
I am just surprised and disappointed that he appears not to have had anything else published unless it was private, as he was very good.Can't find anything about him on the internet, where the main "Charles Criswell" one finds is that dead "psychic" who appeared in the Ed Wood movies, and whose real last name was King.
The Charles Criswell I'm looking for would be, I guess, around eighty years old by now--- his photo on the dust jacket made him appear late 20s-early 30s, wearing glasses.I've long since lost the book cover--- and at the moment, can't find the book (it will turn up, it always does.)IIRC, he was born in West Virginia, which may be the setting of some of his stories, which have a slight Southern Gothic flavor.
Anyway, if anyone knows what became of this gifted writer, and if he wrote anything else, I'd deeply appreciate knowing.Thanks in advance.