Roger Coleman, this collection’s editor, has spent much of his life collecting the stories of American author, Eustace Cockrell. Cockrell was a major contributor to both “pulp” and “slick” magazines before moving to Hollywood and becoming a pioneer writer of westerns (Gunsmoke) and other early television shows (Alfred Hitchcock Presents). Coleman is married to Cockrell's daughter, Elizabeth. “Marrying into this family, I was soon surrounded by the respect with which Eustace Cockrell was held, not only as a writer, but as a person. To his family and friends, he was a man of integrity, consistent with the qualities of honesty, fair play and hopefulness found in his many memorable characters. Collecting his works has been a joy. Sharing them in this collection is a long overdue responsibility.”
In addition to editing the two-volume “Masterpieces of Eustace Cockrell,” Coleman, a retired clergyman, is the author of several children’s books including the Christmas classic, The Pope and the Snowman.
Coleman attended Bethany College majoring in English literature. He holds graduate degrees from Texas Christian University, the University of Missouri and St. Paul School of Theology. Dr. Coleman has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Missouri School of Religion for his community involvement.
Roger and Elizabeth Coleman currently live in Edenton, NC. He can be reached at