Horace McCoy (April 14, 1897 – December 15, 1955) was an American writer whose hardboiled novels took place during the Great Depression. His best-known novel is They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1935), which was made into a movie of the same name in 1969, fourteen years after McCoy’s death.
McCoy was born in Pegram, Tennessee. During World War I McCoy served in the United States Army Air Corps. He flew several missions behind enemy lines as a bombardier and reconnaissance photographer. He was wounded and received the Croix de Guerre for heroism from the government of France.
From 1919 to 1930 he worked as a sports editor for the Dallas Journal in Texas. In 1924, he did the play-by-play of a baseball game for radio broadcast. In the late 1920s he began getting stories published in various pulp mystery magazines.
He performed as an actor with the Dallas Little Theater. He had a prominent role in Philip Barry’s The Youngest. He described the acting experience in a Dallas… read more