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Author Information: Mary Elizabeth Counselman

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Mary Elizabeth Counselman (1911-1995) penned one of Weird Tales' most famous stories: "The Three Marked Pennies." This oft-reprinted classic tells of a small town whose inhabitants awaken one morning to find anonymous notices posted throughout their city. The posts read, "During this day of April 15, three pennies will find their way into the pockets of the city. On each penny will be a well-defined mark. One is a square; one is a circle; and one is a cross. These three pennies will change hands often, as do all coins, and on the seventh day after this announcement (April 21) the possessor of each marked penny will receive a gift. To the first: $100,000 in cash. To the second: A trip around the world. To the third: Death." The haunting allegory was included as the lead story in Counselman's Arkham House collection, Half in Shadow.

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