Nebraska Authors

Thornton Shively

AKA: psued. Thorne Lee

Born Hastings, NE (USA)

Died 1980-06-21
Santa Cruz, CA (USA)

A native of Hastings, Nebraska, Shively wrote pulp fiction, including several novels and many magazine stories, all published under the pseudonym Thorne Lee. His story telling ability was admired by other writers. Famed novelist Bill Pronzini has done an on-line profile of him titled "The Compleat Thorne Lee." Shively was also an actor in theatrical productions and a community college teacher and college and university librarian.

Places Lived

Hastings, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Pulp Fiction; Mysteries


BA, Hastings College
University of California, Berkeley (graduate work, no degree noted)



Places Worked

Sequoia College, Visalia, OR, English Instructor
Southern Oregon College, Ashland, OR, Librarian
California State University, Hayward, CA, Emeritus Librarian


Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Most of this author's output was published in pulp magazines in the 1940s and 1950s.
Novels include:
The Fox and the Hound. 1944. Complete novel published in Mammoth Detective magazine.
The Monster of Lazy Hook. 1949.
Summer Shock. 1956.

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