John Russell Fearn Bibliography Meaning

John (Francis) Russell Fearn (1908-1960) was a prolific English writer with numerous pseudonyms. He was one of the first British authors to write for the American pulps. He is best known for his science fiction but wrote also detective novels, westerns and adventure stories. The bibliography below contains only the crime novels listed by Allen J. Hubin in his Crime Fiction IV, A Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000 and those listed in Robert Adey's Locked Room Murders (1991, revised edition). Further information and bibliographies can be found at Wikipedia and Fantastic Fiction.




as John Russell Fearn

Murder’s a Must (1949)

Merridew Marches On (1951)



as Thornton Ayre

The Crimson Rambler (1947)


as Hugo Blayn

*features series character Dr. Hiram Carruthers

†features series characters Inspector Garth and Sgt. Whittaker

Except for One Thing (1947)

The Five Matchboxes (1948)†

Flashpoint (1950)*

What Happened to Hammond? (1951)*†

The Silvered Cage (1955)*†


as Conway Carr

The Rattenbury Mystery (1955)


as Gina Dewall

The Yellow Yasmak (1955)


as Volsted Gridban

Both feature series character Adam Quirke

The Master Must Die (1953)

The Lonely Astronomer (1954)


as Preston James

The Secret of the Vase (1955)


as Nat Karta

features Inspector Garth, Sgt Whittaker and Dr. Hiram Carruthers

Vision Sinister (1954)


as Edwin La Farge

Crime Passionel (1952)


as John Russell

Account Settled (1949)


as John Slate

all but Framed in Guilt feature series character Maria Black, M.A.

Black Maria, MA (1944)

Maria Marches On (1945)

One Remained Seated (1946)

Thy Arm Alone (1947)

Framed in Guilt (1948)

Death in Silhouette (1950)


as Elton Westward

The Lonely Road Murder (1954)

Murder Afoot (1954)

No Answer (1954)

Fourflusher (1955)



John Russell Fearn

(John Francis Russell Fearn)
(1908 - 1960)

aka Geoffrey Armstrong, Thornton Ayre, Hugo Blayn, Morton Boyce, Hank Carson, Dennis Clive, Hank Cole, Polton Cross, Mark Denholm, Douglas Dodd, Sheridan Drew, Max Elton, Matt Francis, Spike Gordon, Volsted Gridban, Griff, Malcolm Hartley, Conrad G Holt, Preston James, Frank Jones, Nat Karta, Marvin Kayne, Clem Larson, Herbert Lloyd, Paul Lorraine, Astron del Martia, Jed McCloud, Mick McCoy, Jed McNab, Dom Passante, Francis Rose, Laurence F Rose, Ward Ross, Frank Russell, John Russell, Arnold Ryden, Bryan Shaw, John Slate, Vargo Statten, Earl Titan, John Werheim, Ephraim Winiki

John Russell Fearn was an extremely prolific and popular British writer, who began in the American pulps, then almost single-handedly drove the post-World War II boom in British publishing with a flood of science fiction, detective stories, westerns, and adventure fiction. He employed numerous pseudonyms, such as Vargo Statten, Volstead Gridban, Hugo Blayn, Thorton Ayre, Polton Cross, Geoffrey Armstrong, Dennis Clive, John Cotton, Ephriam Winiki, Spike Gordon, and many others. He is noted for such grandly extravagant science fiction as "The Intelligence Gigantic" and "The Liners of Time", "Mathematica", and the Golden Amazon series. He was so popular that one of his pseudonyms became the editor of VARGO STATEN'S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE in the 1950's. His work is noted for its vigor amd wild imagination. He has always had a substantial cult following and has been popular in translation around the world.



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