EDWARD WELLEN is remembered primarily for his SFF (science fiction-fantasy), but now and then he would wander confidently into pure crime fiction territory, an example of which
is . . .
By Edward Wellen (1919-2011).
First appearance: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, September 1976.
Short short story (7 pages).
Online at The Luminist Archives (HERE; scroll down to
text page 59/PDF page 61).
"Lloyd planned a surprise for his bride's wealthy uncle—but things failed
to work exactly as planned."
A clichéd plot saved by a neat, but nasty, twist . . .
~ Natalie Bannerman Pollard:
". . . had come into millions."
~ Lloyd Pollard:
". . . had a right to share in those millions."
~ Roland Bannerman:
". . . it would be well if you were to do some reconsidering of your own."
- You might remember Edward Paul Wellen's SFF-crime fiction crossovers that we've featured on ONTOS: "Origins of Galactic Law" (HERE), "Hijack" (HERE), "Mouthpiece" (HERE), and "While-You-Wait" and "Finger of Fate" (HERE).
- The SFE (HERE) and the ISFDb (HERE) concern themselves only with Wellen's SFF; his contact with Hollywood seems to have been limited to providing the story for a single episode of Bourbon Street Beat (1960; IMDb HERE).