Allen J. Hubin, is an award-winning bibliographer, a former detective and crime fiction book reviewer, and an organic chemist, now since retired. Allen was born March 5, 1936 and since the mid-sixties, has been the voice for crime and detective fiction. The Armchair Detective (TAD) fanzine was a “Quarterly Journal Devoted to the Appreciation of Mystery, Detective and Suspense Fiction” launched from his home in 1967. He was awarded two Edgar Awards for TAD, 1978 and 1980.
His bibliographic work began with writing the introduction to the book, Who Done It? (Hagen 1969). Allen offered Ordean Hagen the use of his personal library and assisted him with his research. Next, Allen covered mysteries for the New York Times Book Review in his column, “Criminals at Large”, consistently reviewing six books per week (1968-1971) . He edited six volumes of Best Detective Stories of the Year.
The earlier effort with Hagen’s book prompted Allen to start his own book which became the Bibliography of Crime Fiction 1740-1975 (1979); which would expand to, Crime Fiction, 1749-1980: A Comprehensive Bibliography (1984) and then, Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000, with further updates continuing through 2008 on CD-ROM. The series was a family affair, with his wife and five children sharing in the effort, especially with the first bibliography which was complied before the age of personal computers.
Edgar Award: 1978, 1980 for The Armchair Detective
Bouchercon 2009 (World Mystery Convention): Lifetime Achievement Award
Library Thing Member Profile: Allen J. Hubin
the Mystery*file web site, posted November 2nd, 2009.
From the article, My Life of Crime Fiction by Allen J. Hubin, Mystery Scene web site which first appeared in Mystery Scene, Winter issue #83