Bryce Walton


Alfred Hitchcock Aug. 1963

Alfred Hitchcock Aug. 1963

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 8 No. 8 Aug. 1963
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Readers (Hitch writes about freeing The Birds.)
Lawrence Block “Good for the Soul”
Carroll Mayers “A Piece of the Action”
Robert E. Alter “Killer in the Dark”
Murray Goodwin “A Good Man”
Clark Howard “The Little Things”
Richard Hardwick “One Man’s Family”
Lawrence Treat “Homicide, Maybe”
Nedra Tyre “Murder Between Friends”
Hilda Cushing “She is not My Mother”
A.R. Cooper “Brain Teaser”
Bryce Walton “Shakeup”
Fletcher Flora “Dinner Will Be Cold”
Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon

Editor and Publisher: Richard E. Decker
Managing Editor: G.F. Foster
Associate Editors: Victoria S. Benham, Pat Hitchcock, Ned Benham, Donald C. Dilworth
Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon
128 pages, 35¢

Bryce Walton’s Fever Street

The third story from Justice Amazing Detective Mysteries #3, October 1955:

Story splashpage

Lieutenant Carl Maxson is surprised when Captain Burkson, reinstated from retirement, is assigned to the lead in a breaking murder case. The victim’s brutal knife wounds signal the return of a serial killer Burkson was never able to catch during his previous career. To uncover the killer’s identity, Burkson convinces Maxson they must get into the murderer’s mind to best him. The final lines of Bryce Walton’s “Fever Street” are as disturbing as its opening line: “Even the Graphic reporter couldn’t look into the room again.”

Bryce Walton (1918–1988) wrote dozens of short stories for science fiction and mystery magazines over his long career. His pseudonyms included Paul Franklin and Kenneth O’Hara. “Fever Street” was reprinted in Tough Stories Magazine #3 (March 1956), a handmade digest magazine of which little is detailed online.

Bryce Walton’s Polyoid

As featured in Marvel Science Stories May 1951:

Marvel Science Stories May 1951 cover

You’d think Sam Forbes had won the lottery when he passes “the test” in Bryce Walton’s story “Polyoid.” He soon becomes a Blue Light Worker in the Great Computer, where all of the Plan’s most complex problems are solved by the integration of human minds and computer technology. Perfection for the futuristic society; temporary for the individual, whose mind, sooner or later, burns out under the load.

Illo from Polyoid

In addition to his numerous science fiction yarns, Bryce Walton (1918–1988) wrote scripts for Captain Video and His Video Rangers and three episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. His novels include Cave of Danger, Harpoon Gunner, Hurricane Reef and The Fire Trail.