C.F.Kearns: Fictioneer

Between 1930 and 1950 C.F.Kearns published more than fifty short stories and novellas. Although a few of them appeared in Canadian magazines such as Maclean's, most of the stories came out in US journals, both the pulps like Argosy, Short Stories, and Aventure, and the glossies such as Collier's. These narratives, usually set in the Canadian wilderness, were direct reflections of the life Kearns lived as a pioneer aviator, provincial policeman, wildlife officer, and flying instructor in the RCAF during World War II. Kearns also contributed nonfiction articles to a host of newspapers and outdoor magazines.

Kearns wrote about horses and airplanes and cougars and canoes and trap-lines and mining camps, and the assortment of characters that populated the isolated patches of human action and communion that once dotted the northern landscape. His heroes were flawed but noble, competent in the bush or the blizzard but bunglers when it came to civilized pursuits. Though seemingly exotic for his audience, his settings were drawn from real life, and speak to us today of a rarely recalled time and circumstance.