NEVER SAY NEVERMORE
Michael R. Hudson
ADVENTURE WRITER MAX CATTO'S BOOKS COMING BACK INTO PRINT
Clearwater, Florida (May 23, 2016) — President and editor-in-chief of Raven's Head Press, Michael Hudson, is proud to announce that a new licensing arrangement has been struck with the Estate of world famous playwright and adventure novelist,
Maxwell Jeffrey Catto (July 29, 1907 - March 12, 1992).
Catto wrote adventure novels and dramas for more than four decades and also wrote under the pseudonym Simon Kent. Ten of his works were adapted for film, the most notable of which was the novel The Killing Frost, which became Carol Reed's 1956 film Trapeze starring Burt Lancaster, Gina Lollobrigida and Tony Curtis. This would be closely followed by Murphy's War starring Peter O'Toole. Although he was a holder of a degree in electrical engineering from Manchester University, Catto began writing novels and plays in the late 1930s. After a stint in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Catto returned to writing fiction. Exotic settings and fast-paced action were the trademarks of his novels, defying categorization into any one genre, instead blending elements of many popular literary styles. Much of his work has been translated into other languages.
Hudson says, "Catto's books have long been out of print and being able to locate his family and work out an arrangement to bring his marvelous works back is such a thrill. I can't wait to get started."
Spokesperson for the family, Robin Catto says, “The opportunity of getting to see our grandfather’s most famous works back in print after all these years will be a wonderful treat for me and my siblings. We look forward to working with Michael and Raven’s Head Press.”
The works selected for republication are as follows: THE KILLING FROST • 1950,
A PRIZE OF GOLD • 1953, A HILL IN KOREA • 1953, FIRE DOWN BELOW • 1954,
GOLD IN THE SKY • 1956, FERRY TO HONG KONG • 1957, THE DEVIL AT FOUR O’CLOCK • 1958, THE LIONS AT THE KILL • 1959, MISTER MOSES • 1961, THE TIGER IN THE BED • 1963, D- DAY IN PARADISE • 1963, MURPHY’S WAR • 1969
The first release will be A Prize of Gold and publication date is scheduled for the fall of 2016.