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Name:  Eddie M. LeCrone  

Pen Name: Ed LeCrone

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Born: 1938 in Kirksville, Illinois (Moultrie County)

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LeCrone was born and raised in Illinois. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois with his Bachelor's and Northern Illinois University with his Master's. LeCrone currently resides in Marengo, Illinois in McHenry County.

Biographical and Professional Information

LeCrone's early life was spent along the tracks of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad. As a small boy, he observed the WWII troop trains and frequesnt hobos who stopped at his faily's door. In high school, he experienced his family's move from the tiny hamlet to a farm overlooking the Kaskaskia River. Here, LeCrone toiled alongside his father and brothers as they tried to make a living from crops grown in the bottom lands. LeCrone graduated with a BS from Eastern Illinois University with honors in 1960 and married, Darelene Harrmann, his childhood sweetheart who lived just four miles from his boyhood home in the same year. Two daughters and thirty-four years of teaching art followed. In the interim, LeCrone received a Master's degree from Northern Illinois University, a summer grant to study the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and a ''Teacher of the Year'' award from the Woodstock VFW Post of McHenry County, Illinois. The author and his wife of forty-nine years make their home on wooded acreage in northern Illinois near the Wisconsin border. When LeCrone isn't writing, he and his wife tend vegetable and flower gardens and enjoy their extended family.


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The Grave on the Point
ISBN: 1434334201

AuthorHouse. 2007

It's May 1951

an exhausted farmer raises his tired eyes to watch a Lockheed Electra circle overhead in the twilight of the coming evening. For the past five years the mysterious plane has flown over his fields precisely at nightfall. Its appearance evokes a sense of curiosity and then consternation within the old man as he tries to reason its destination and who its passengers are. A freelance photographer parks his pale green Kaiser outside a dilapidated farm house and explores the interior in a quest for interesting compositions. What he discovers through his camera lens is much more than he's bargained for. Two young men clean their catch around a campfire on the banks of the Mississippi. As the sultry night envelops them they are visited be apparitions that rise from the swirling waters of the mighty river. Ed LeCrone has captured the characters and the grittiness of rural life in mid America and woven these elements into a fabric that contains historical personages and settings. Five of LeCrone's offerings are based on the super natural and are certain to cause the nape of your neck to grow cold and prickle the short hairs that grow there.

Beyond the Point: Short Stories
ISBN: 1425994628

AuthorHouse. 2007

A terrific pounding on his farmhouse door shakes an old man, widowed and alone, from a fitful slumber. From out of the swirling snowflakes of the worst storm in decades comes a menace that the aged farmer is ill prepared to deal with. "The Sea Shell Frame." Lyle Wingate III sets off in his 1974, MGB for a cross- country trip to California. Passing through the white-hot heat of a drought filled Kansas summer the old car gives out stranding the young traveler in a treeless expanse that offers little hope of rescue. In a desolate old house, Wingate encounters a being not of this world whose designs on his body go beyond anything his mind can imagine. "All the Pleasures of Kansas." Asa Breen hacks out a farmstead on the trackless Northern Illinois prairie only to be caught up in an Indian invasion led by Chief Black Hawk in the spring of 1832. A chance meeting with a Potawatomi maiden saves his life and commences a post war saga in "Stillman's Run." Boys struggle to reach manhood and deal with the pitfalls of decision-making and romance in the stories entitled, "A Catfish is a Plain Damned Wonderment, The Rookie, and The Senior." Ed LeCrone produces a collection of eleven short stories that are filled with twists, intrigue and unexpected endings in his second book

"Beyond the Point." LeCrone's writing style harkens to earlier American authors namely: William Faulkner, Edgar Allen Poe, Mickey Spillane, and the lesser-known Ambrose Bierce. LeCrone attacks the pages of each story with memorable characters and full, meaty descriptions of the environment in which they exist.

Fire on the Prairie
ISBN: 1449075533

AuthorHouse. 2010

“Please go ahead of me. I’m deathly afraid of spiders.” Announcing her fear, Lila turned to face Neunan as he squeezed past her. When their bodies touched, Chance paused and placed the candle on a stone outcropping from the wall and drew Lila to him. The pitcher hung precariously from the girl’s hand as her arms encircled the soldier’s neck and their lips met. Her kiss was hot and demanding as Chance’s hands groped her backside. She offered no resistance or complaint as they forced their impassioned bodies against each other. Then, as abruptly as she had given up her body, she stopped and pushed Chance away.

“Take the candle. I’ll direct you. It’s only a little further. Besides we’ll have time for more of this once you’ve eaten.” Her finger tips flipped the hair above Neunan’s collar.

The flickering candle did a poor job of illumination as they entered the enlarged portion of the cellar. Hogsheads and casks stacked one on top of the other lined one wall of the damp intersanctum. Nearing the back of the room, Chance had moved ahead and torched several cobwebs that impeded his progress when suddenly, his eyes picked up a faint glimmer of white that seemed to float before him in the humid darkness. Leaning forward, he brought the candle closer

its glow broadening and brightening the cellar’s corners and crevices.

Chance stiffened. Then he drew back in horror! Protruding from a stack of wooden crates was a shoeless, waxen white, human foot!

Stricken with fear, Neunan cried out and turned to run but before he could take a step a huge, black mass knocked him sprawling in the gravel of the floor. The figure rushed past the soldier’s twisting body and threw itself onto Lila Samples. The unexpected assault sent the puny candle flying before its flame extinguished against the cellar wall. In the darkness, Chance rolled under a stout table and fought to untangle the small revolver from the fabric of his pant’s pocket. Sounds of a struggle, grunts, scraping shoes in the flooring and open handed slaps reverberated in the storage chamber.

Finally the fight ended with two hard blows landing on flesh and a desperate little scream. Then only silence. Chance exhaled and eased the hammer of his gun back, the cylinder rotating in his hand as he fought to see what had happened.

“You all right, Yank?” a masculine voice whispered in the murk. “Hey? She didn’t get you did she?”

Chance remained quiet, testing the direction from which the muffled inquiries were coming.

A match rasped against the stone wall and a crouching man emerged from the gloom. He located the extinguished candle, lit it and held it aloft to extend its illumination.

“Come on out from under that table. It’s about over. That little hellion isn’t goin’ to hurt you none.”

Neunan leveled the pistol at the speaker and using his free hand, grasped the moldy table top and pushed himself upright .

“You can put that away, too. I saved yer bacon, Boy. She meant to stick you in the gizzard and feed you to the hogs.”

Lila Samples lay in a disheveled mess, her skirts hiked above her thighs and a trickle of blood running to her chin from a cut in her lip.

“Who are you?” The young soldier kept his firearm directed toward the man’s midsection.

“Carl Enoch, Second Iowa Cavalry.”

“How come you’re not in uniform if you’re in the army?”

“I took a little French leave to find a friend of mine who was listed on the company rolls as a deserter. You can move a damned sight easier at night without all that brass on yer clothes.” The cavalryman spit into the gravel at his feet. “Looks like I found my friend.” He nodded toward the protruding foot. “I knew he wouldn’t desert. He comes from good stock and he wouldn’t do that. He’d have come back to camp if these she-devils would’ve let him”

Second Chance
ISBN: 1457526433

Dog Ear Publishing, LLC. 2014

The tension between the United States and the Imperial French government at the close of the Civil War provides the basis for 'Second Chance,' author Ed LeCrone's newest novel. LeCrone vividly describes the trials and close escapes of the former Union infantryman, Chance Neunan, as he resumes his quest to re-connect with the woman he discovered in the fi res of war. Neunan is rejected by his mixed race love interest who feels that the barriers involved in their coupling will be insurmountable. Not knowing the location of Andrea Edwards except that she was an executive in the Freedmen's Bureau organization in Texas, the newly recruited cavalry trooper volunteers for a hazardous mission in order to continue his search. The clandestine operation he joins is designed to gather information regarding the forces of Napoleon III and his appointee to the throne of Mexico, Arch Duke Maximilian.
The main characters eventually learn of each others presence just as the intrigue explodes into open hostilities between the two contesting factions on the Rio Grande.

Ed LeCrone, former educator, has produced his fourth literary offering

'Second Chance', in the winter of 2013. Born and raised in Central Illinois, LeCrone spent his early life attending public schools in Moultrie County. He worked as a farm hand as a teenager and with the assistance of a teaching scholarship, attained a certificate in the field of education. When the opportunity arose, he lost himself in the hills and bottomlands of the Kaskaskia and Okaw Rivers' watersheds searching for Indian artifacts and observing the various animal species. LeCrone received degrees from Eastern and Northern Illinois universities as well as acquiring a grant to study for a summer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
The author enjoys writing and painting in his retirement as well as researching the American Civil War. Previous books by LeCrone are: 'The Grave on the Point', a collection of short stories, 'Beyond the Point', a second book of short stories, and 'Fire on the Prairie, A Civil War Novel'.
The writer and his wife, Darlene, make their home in McHenry County in northern Illinois.


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