Lovisi, Gary 1952-
Lovisi, Gary 1952-
Born April 28, 1952, in New Hyde Park, NY; son of Aldo Mario and Vivian Maria Lovisi; married Pat Mastronardi, 1975 (divorced, 1981); married Lucille Cali, November 7, 1999. Ethnicity: "Sicilian." Education: Kingsborough Community College, A.A.S., 1984.
Home—Brooklyn, NY. E-mail—[email protected]
Writer, 1986—. Gryphon Books, Brooklyn, NY, founder and publisher, 1984—. New York Collectible Book Expo, founder and sponsor, 1989—.
Science Fiction Detective Tales, Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1986.
Sherlock Holmes: The Great Detective in Paperback, Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1990, revised edition, 2007.
Sherlock Holmes in the Loss of the British Bark Sophy Anderson (bound with Sherlock Holmes in the Grey Nun Legacy by P. Smith), Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1992.
The Woman in the Dugout: The Story of the Brooklyn Kings, Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1992.
The Nemisis in the Claws of the Falcon (bound with Doc Atlas in Arctic Terror by Michael A. Black), Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1994.
(Compiler) Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler: A Checklist and Bibliography of Their Paperback Appearances, Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1994.
Minesweeper (bound with Terran Girls Make Wonderful Wives by James Reasoner), Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1995.
Hellbent on Homicide, Bloodlines (Chester Springs, PA), 1997.
Sarasha: A Novel of the Future, illustrated by G. Warlock Vance, Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 1997.
Collecting Science Fiction and Fantasy, Alliance Books, 1997, revised edition, Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 2002.
Blood in Brooklyn, Do-Not Press (London, England), 1999.
The Sexy Digests, Gryphon Books (Brooklyn, NY), 2001.
The Secret Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ramble House (Shreveport, LA), 2007.
West Texas War and Other Western Stories, Ramble House (Shreveport, LA), 2007.
Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide, edited by Mary Sieber, Krause Publications (Iola, WI), 2008.
Contributor to Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years, edited by Michael Kurland, St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2004. Contributor to magazines, including Mystery Scene. Editor and publisher, Hardboiled and Paperback Parade magazines.
Gary Lovisi is recognized for his contributions to the science fiction and detective genres as well as the furthering of a new genre that combines elements of both science fiction and detective fiction. Of Hellbent on Homicide, Marvin Lachman, writing for Armchair Detective, observed that "Lieutenant Bill Griffin and Sgt. Herman ‘Fats’ Stubbs are a pair of tough honest detectives, with Griffin the jarringly ungrammatical narrator." Booklist contributor Wes Lukowsky wrote that "this short novel is first-rate hard-boiled fiction." He called the book "unusual and very satisfying reading." Regarding Blood in Brooklyn, Lukowsky observed that "Lovisi's world is unremittingly dark; love exists ephemerally if at all, and revenge is the dominant theme. Fans of Andrew Vachss will clutch Vic Powers to their black little hearts and regale in the vigilante street justice that is so satisfying in print and so frightening in the real world."
Lovisi's compilation, Science Fiction Detective Tales, attracted notice for highlighting the congruencies between the two different genres. Lachman noted that in the anthology, Lovisi "blends his knowledge of the two popular genres and shows how they make quite comfortable bedfellows," and concluded that "I have seen articles about science-fiction mysteries, even attended Bouchercon panels on the subject, but this is the first book I have come across which combines the fields, and it is a welcome addition to critical writing."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Armchair Detective, summer, 1988, Marvin Lachman, review of Science Fiction Detective Tales, pp. 286-287; summer, 1996, Marvin Lachman, review of Hellbent on Homicide, p. 310.
Booklist, October 1, 1997, Wes Lukowsky, review of Hellbent on Homicide, p. 310; October 1, 1999, Wes Lukowsky, review of Blood in Brooklyn, p. 346.
Fantasy Review, June, 1986, Walter Albert, review of Science Fiction Detective Tales, pp. 27-28.
Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1997, review of Hellbent on Homicide, p. 1341.
Publishers Weekly, October 4, 1999, review of Blood in Brooklyn, p. 69.
Gryphon Books,http://www.gryphonbooks.com, (January 22, 2008).