Two things we appreciate here at Bill Ectric’s Place are literary research and the Richard Shaver Mystery, so here’s a fun article by Marq Jonz, aka Mark Jones, from his Dero-influenced blog, The Abandondero.
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database (isfdb.com) lists “Return of a Demon” as Richard S. Shaver’s first published story. Fantastic Adventures published the story, a weird tale, in its May 1943 issue. The magazine credits the story to Alexander Blade, one of the house pseudonyms of its publisher Ziff-Davis Publications. Given that twelve other writers used this same pseudonym, how sure can we be that Shaver wrote this story?