Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dennis Schuetz (1946-1989)

Today marks the anniversary of Dennis Schuetz's passing. With McDowell he wrote six novels and the Tales from the Darkside episode "Answer Me."



Dennis Schuetz was born on December 30th, 1946 in Parkersburg, WV. He later moved to Boston, where he began writing, and in the 1980s he was part of a local author group known as the Cadavers. On May 17th, 1988 the Cadavers gave an interview with BBC Radio 4 entitled "Cadavers at Our House." Schuetz passed away from complications resulting from AIDS on May 5th, 1989.



Printed in the Boston Globe on June 8th, 1989:
DENNIS SCHUETZ; 42, CO-WROTE GAY DETECTIVE BOOKS
A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Arlington Street Church in Boston for Dennis Schuetz of Dorchester, coauthor of four books in the Valentine and Lovelace series of gay detective mysteries. 
Mr. Schuetz died of lymphoma May 5 in Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was 42.
Mr. Schuetz and his collaborator, Michael McDowell, using the pseudonym Nathan Aldyne, wrote "Vermillion" (1980), "Cobalt" (1982), "Slate" (1984) and "Canary" (1986). Between 1978 and 1980 the two writers, under the name Axel Young, published the novels "Blood Rubies" and "Wicked Stepmother." 
Since 1979, Mr. Schuetz was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, first in its right of way office, then as manager of the outdoor advertising board and recently in the department's affirmative action office.

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