July 2, 2004 by

Hugh B. Cave


Categories: Writers/Editors

hcave.jpgHugh Barnet Cave, a veteran pulp writer and novelist, died on June 27 of complications from long-term diabetes. He was 93.
Born in Chester, England and raised in Boston, Cave first developed an interest in writing horror stories when his father was seriously injured in a streetcar accident. Hugh was only 15 when he won an honorable mention in a short story contest sponsored by the Boston Globe, and launched a seven-decade career in publishing.
Cave published his first short stories, “Island Ordeal” and “The Pool of Death,” in 1929. More than 800 tales of adventure, horror, mystery, romance and the supernatural followed, most of which appeared in pulp magazines. Another 350 stories were published in national magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.
In the 1940s, Cave wrote several nonfiction books, including the best-seller “Long Were the Nights,” about PT boats at Guadalcanal. The prolific author also penned dozens of novels and short story anthologies. His most recent book, “The Mountains of Madness,” was published earlier this year. Another novel is due out in 2005.
For his publishing endeavors, Cave received numerous awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Life Achievement Award and the Living Legend Award from the International Horror Guild. The biography, “Pulp Man’s Odyssey: The Hugh B. Cave Story” by Audrey Parente was published in 1988; a second bio, “Cave of 1,000 Tales,” by Milt Thomas, was recently released.
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2 Responses to Hugh B. Cave

  1. Tim Slongo

    The passing of the great Hugh Cave marks the virtual end of the wonderful era of the pulp fictioneers. Such writers as E. Hoffman Price, Manly Wade Wellman, Frank Belknap Long, Joseph Payne Brennan, Robert Bloch and Carl Jacobi Jr. were a living bridge to another time in our literary heritage. The past 20 years have witnessed the passing of them all and I can only hope that the readers of today are aware of what has been lost. Mr. Cave remained a vital and viable writer until the end of his days – I lament his loss

  2. Dr Roger Malebranche

    I fell in love with Mr Cave’s writing when a friend gave me his book : ” Haiti, highroad to adventure ” I am from Haiti and I love my country. Mr Cave treated my land and people with love and dignity. I shall always be grateful to him for that. I so badly wanted to meet him and exchange memories about a place we both love. It’s too late now. I am sorry to hear of his passing. Perhaps in his next life he will reincarnate as a Haitian living in Camp Perrin in the southern tier.

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