Anthony Arthur Glynn was born in Manchester in 1929, and had a disrupted wartime childhood, including enduring the Luftwaffe’s blitzing of the city in 1940 and 1941. Drawn to art and writing from an early age, be quickly became interested in all kinds of books and devoured popular fiction. He started work as a textile designer in Manchester at sixteen and studied the subject at Manchester Regional College of Art in the evenings. After two years’ National Service in the army, he became a reporter on a weekly newspaper in Cheshire during his early twenties. Since retiring, he frequently visits the US, researching authentic backgrounds for new Western novels.
Alan David is one of the many pseudonyms used by the prolific author Peter Mallett, who has written over 500 novels in a wide range of genres, from classic westerns to historical thrillers.
Burt Kroll (1928), is one of fifty pseudonyms for British author, Donald S. Rowland, who was born in Norfolk, England. Rowland is married with three children, and previously had a variety of jobs, including film projectionist and Senior Clerk and Local Government Officer. It was only in 1964 that he dedicated his time to writing full-time and has since written a variety of novels, from science-fiction to westerns.
Christopher Kenworthy was a journalist and novelist, with over 45 years experience in writing for British magazines and newspapers.
After 25 years working on Fleet Street, he turned to freelance journalism and worked as a professional researcher covering a diverse range of topics – including the American South West, Tucson, the Sonoran Desert and the Native Americans in Arizona.
His 10 other Western titles include Apache Country and Badlands, and he has also written two naval fiction series – the John Paul Jones adventures and the In the Dark of the Moon saga.
Chuck Mason (1928), is one of fifty pseudonyms for British author, Donald S. Rowland, who was born in Norfolk, England. Rowland is married with three children, and previously had a variety of jobs, including film projectionist and Senior Clerk and Local Government Officer. It was only in 1964 that he dedicated his time to writing full-time and has since written a variety of novels, from science-fiction to westerns.
Clinton Spurr (1928), is one of fifty pseudonyms for British author, Donald S. Rowland, who was born in Norfolk, England. Rowland is married with three children, and previously had a variety of jobs, including film projectionist and Senior Clerk and Local Government Officer. It was only in 1964 that he dedicated his time to writing full-time and has since written a variety of novels, from science-fiction to westerns.
Denis Hughes (1917-2008) was a prolific writer who wrote a large number of science fiction and western novels. He wrote under a number of pseudonyms, including Ken Kester, Marvin Ashton, Ray Barry and Dee Carter.
Edwin Charles Tubb (1919 – 2010) was a British writer of science fiction, fantasy and highly acclaimed western novels. The author of over 140 novels and 230 short stories and novellas, Tubb used 58 different pseudonyms over 5 different decades.
Tubb was born in London and lived there until his death in 2010.
Gordon Holmes Landsborough (1913-1983) was an English publisher, author and bookseller, and he was at the forefront of change in the paperback publishing and bookselling industries in England during the 1950s to 1980s.
Considered by many as a ‘maverick publishing genius’, he was noted for his phenomenal drive and energy, his innovative business ideas and for his prowess as an author.
He wrote a number of westerns about the exploits of gun-toting cowboys fighting out on the arid sands of the Wild West.
Hank Madison is a prolific writer of over 500 novels in a wide range of genres, from classic westerns, to historical thrillers. Hank Madison is just one of many pseudonyms he wrote under throughout his career.
Jack Giles was born in North London but has since moved to Orpington, Kent, where he lives with his wife. He has watched his 6 children grow up and have families of their now, and he now has 15 grandchildren and counting.
He has been an avid western fan since his childhood and now writes classic western adventures.
James Clay spent his childhood watching Hopalong Cassidy on TV and devouring Fran Striker’s Lone Ranger novels. Not surprisingly, he yearned to be a western hero. While toiling as a literary agent by day, James would write westerns by night. This approach allowed him to play cowboy while proving that he didn’t always have to live off the work of other people. James is now a full time western writer. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two cats, all of whom, he notes, are very patient with him.
John Stephen Glasby (1928-2011) was a prolific British author whose work spanned a range of popular genres, including science fiction, romance, speculative fiction, crime and westerns.
A professional research chemist and mathematician, he produced over 300 novels and short stories during the 1950s and 1960s, all written under a variety of pseudonymns.
John Russell Fearn (1908-1960) was a prolific British author who wrote westerns, crime and science fiction under a host of pen names.
He is well remembered for almost single-handedly driving the post-World War II boom in British publishing with a flood of sci-fi, detective novels and thrilling western adventures.
His writing has been translated into a number of languages around the world.
Joseph McGraw is a nom de plume of David Coward, novelist, translator, journalist and award-winning documentary-maker. He is currently in the process of writing his next western novel.
Marc Alexander has had over sixty books in print. His novels have ranged from Westerns to fantasy and his non-fiction work includes biography, folklore and historical subjects. He works mostly at his cottage in Cumbria close to Hadrian’s Wall, and his favourite form of relaxation has been his canal cruiser Blue Flame.
Martyn C. Marais is pseudonym for Martin Marais for his Western genre novels. Martyn was born in Zambia in 1962 and spend most of his childhood in South Africa, from where one of his cherished memories is watching spaghetti Westerns at drive-in cinemas. Although he has wanted to write for many years, he has only recently put pen to paper. His favoured genres for writing are Westerns, and military and medieval fiction. He has a doctorate in ecology and spent many years working in the renewable energy industry. He now lives near Oxford, England with his wife and two sons.
Mason Macrae is a prolific author of Western literature, creating some of the most thrilling novels on the Wild West from the past century. Other titles from Mason Macrae include Distant Hills, Bounty Hunter and Thunder Valley.
Neil Webb (1928), is one of fifty pseudonyms for British author, Donald S. Rowland, who was born in Norfolk, England. Rowland is married with three children, and previously had a variety of jobs, including film projectionist and Senior Clerk and Local Government Officer. It was only in 1964 that he dedicated his time to writing full-time and has since written a variety of novels, from science-fiction to westerns.
Onias Bondo is an author of Westerns, thrillers, young adult and short stories. Born in Zimbabwe, he now resides in Kent, England with his wife and four children. The Long Trail is his first title for Pioneering Press.
Born in Wallsend in 1941, Philip Harbottle has published over a dozen novels and edited a great many more. He is the heir and administrator of the literary estate of John Russell Fearn, and working from notes and unpublished manuscripts left by the author, he has posthumously collaborated on a number of westerns.
As well as pursuing his own writing, he acts as a literary agent specializing in science fiction, detective and western novels, and his clients include many of the most prolific British and American genre writers.
Philip McCormac was born in Ulster and now lives in Leicestershire, England. He is married with two grown-up children and five grandchildren.
In total, he was published 17 Western novels under several pseudonyms, including Son of a Gun, Brothers in Arms and Vengeance Unbound.
Preston Wood was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1923.
During his long career he was a director in early television, an ad man on Madison Avenue, and a freelance television writer for over 20 years.
He wrote over 150 teleplays throughout his diverse career – from contemporary dramas, Mr. Novak, Slattery’s People, to comedy like The Addams Family, and shows such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Big Valley, and The Virginian, earning him a lifetime membership in the Western Writers of America.
Robert J. Conley (1940-2014) was an acclaimed Cherokee author with over fifty books to his name.
Throughout his successful career, he won the Spur Award for Best Western Novel twice, as well as another Spur Award for a short story.
In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americans.
He was also awarded the 2014 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature.
Ronald Paxton was born in Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in Newport News, Virginia with his high school sweetheart and wife of over 40 years. Mr. Paxton sold his first short story in 2008 and has since published approximately 40 short stories. His work has received the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations.
Sydney James Bounds (November 4, 1920 – November 24, 2006) was an English author. He wrote as Sydney J. Bounds and S. J. Bounds, as well as under the pen names Clifford Wallace, James Marshall, Earl Ellison and Rex Marlowe. He wrote over forty novels and hundreds of short stories, many published under pseudonyms or anonymously.
He was best known for his work in the science fiction, horror and western genres.
Bounds was unmarried. He lived in Kingston upon Thames until May, 2006, when he moved to Telford, Shropshire. He passed away on 25th November 2006 at the age of 86 but his legacy lives on.
Stephen Wade was born in Leeds and educated at the universities of Wales and Leeds. He taught in further and higher education for many years, and this was followed by six years as a writer working in prisons.
He has written over fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction, and has a special interest in writing both crime and true crime in addition to westerns.
Stephen Wilson is an American author who writes in both the mystery and western genres. He has won awards for his screenplays, which have been presented by the Writer’s Workshop program at the American Film Institute, and his mystery The White River Killer was developed as part of the Summer Words program at the Aspen Institute. Alongside writing, Stephen also works in marketing and advertising.
William C. Davis is an American historian and former Professor of History who specialises in the Civil War and Southern States. A prolific writer, he has written or edited more than forty works on the subject and is four-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award.