Charles O. Locke was a journalist-turned-publicist who turned to writing fiction in the 1950s. Born in Tiffin, Ohio in 1896, he began his writing career on the staff of the family-owned newspaper the Toledo Blade. He was a rewrite man at the New York Post and the World Telegram during the 1920s, and turned to publicity work soon after that, working for Benton And Bowles on behalf of such clients as Bristol Myers and General Foods. He was also a writer for such well-known figures of the 1930s as Fred Allen and Charles Winninger. During World War II, he worked for the Office of War Information, and returned to publicity work in the late 1940s. He started writing novels in the 1950s, of which the best known is The Hell Bent Kid, a psychological western story (which has been described as having elements of absurdist drama), which was turned into the 1958 feature film From Hell To Texas, directed by Henry Hathaway. His other books included A Shadow Of Our Own and The Taste of Infamy. Locke passed away in 1977.