Vin Packer


Born
in Auburn, New York, The United States
May 27, 1927


Marijane Meaker (born May 27, 1927) is an American novelist and short story writer in several genres using different pen names. From 1952 to 1969 she wrote twenty mystery and crime novels as Vin Packer, including Spring Fire which is credited with launching the genre of lesbian pulp fiction (although few of Packer's books address homosexuality or feature gay characters). Using her own observations of lesbians in the 1950s and 1960s, she wrote a series of nonfiction books as Ann Aldrich from 1955 to 1972. In 1972 she switched genres and pen names once more to begin writing for young adults, and became quite successful as M.E. Kerr, producing over 20 novels and winning multiple awards, including the American Library Association's lifetime awa ...more

Average rating: 3.52 · 1,232 ratings · 191 reviews · 29 distinct worksSimilar authors
Spring Fire

3.16 avg rating — 290 ratings — published 1952 — 14 editions
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The Twisted Ones

3.10 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 1959 — 4 editions
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The Evil Friendship

3.33 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1958 — 8 editions
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The Damnation of Adam Blessing

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3.67 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1961 — 5 editions
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The Girl On the Bestseller ...

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3.30 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1960 — 6 editions
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The Thrill Kids

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3.68 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1955 — 6 editions
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Something in the Shadows

3.65 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1961 — 6 editions
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5:45 to Suburbia

3.44 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1958 — 5 editions
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Come Destroy Me

3.87 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1954 — 5 editions
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Whisper His Sin/The Evil Fr...

3.82 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2006
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More books by Vin Packer…
“It was like picking up a book and reading the things the main character did and said and his description and thinking vaguely, at first, Why, I’m that way a little. Then more, until the realization comes like a giant boulder down the hill and crashes into you, pulverizing you with the knowledge that this is you, this character.”
Vin Packer, Spring Fire

“Monday night was chapter-meeting night in Greek town, and there was a reverent hush in the neighborhood. Decisions and rules and amendments to rules were being developed throughout the area, and it was like a grand corporation manufacturing a variety of brands, all tested, all ready to compete with one another.”
Vin Packer, Spring Fire

“Murderers were not writing literature, after all; they were murdering.”
Vin Packer, Something in the Shadows

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