Accession MS COLL 00719 - Crad Kilodney Papers

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Crad Kilodney Papers


  • 1971-2012 (Creation)

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2 boxes and items (1 metre)

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Crad Kilodney was born in Jamaica, New York, in 1948. He had a degree in astronomy from the University of Michigan and after graduation he took a job with Exposition Press, a vanity publishing house in Hicksville, NY. He moved to Canada after the Watergate Scandal and first worked a number of menial jobs with publishers. He founded Charnel House Press, his personal imprint, in 1978 and began selling his own books, including World Under Anesthesia (1979), Human Secrets (1981-1982), Foul Pus from Dead Dogs (1986), Nice Stories for Canadians (1988) and Putrid Scum (1991), on the street, often with a board around his neck advertising the title. Between 1978 and 1995, he was a fixture at the University of Toronto, on Yonge Street and around the Toronto Stock Exchange. He retired from writing in 1995, although still wrote articles on websites and his blog. He died in 2014 of cancer and his friend, Lorette Luzanjic, launched the Crad Kilodney Literary Foundation to preserve and promote his works.

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Gift of Crad Kilodney, 2013

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Includes Exposition Press vanity press books (Hicksville, New York) with holograph comments by Crad Kilodney laid in. correspondence with friend and author Dhymitruy ‘Jimmy’ Bouryiotis; poetry, reviews and prose in Rustler, Mink, Elite and other magazines; 1971 manuscript by Barry Chamish; Barry Goldwater comic; Toronto Police Service Property bag from May 9, 2011 arrest for contempt of court charge

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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