E. C. Vivian

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E. C. Vivian
Born 1882
Norfolk
Died 21 May 1947 (aged 64–65)
London
Pen name

Jack Mann, Charles Henry Cannell, A.K. Walton, Sydney Barrie Lynd,

Galbraith Nicholson, Barry Lynd [1]
Occupation novelist, writer, editor
Nationality United Kingdom
Genres Fantasy, Supernatural, Detective

Evelyn Charles Henry Vivian (1882 – May 21, 1947( 1947-05-21)) was the pseudonym of Charles Henry Cannell, a British editor and writer of fantasy and supernatural, detective novels and stories.

Biography[edit]

Prior to becoming a writer, Cannell was a former soldier in the Boer War and journalist for The Daily Telegraph. Cannell began writing novels under the pen-name "E. Charles Vivian" in 1907. Cannell started writing fantastic stories for the arts magazine Colour and the aviation journal Flying (which Cannell edited after leaving the Telegraph) in 1917–18, sometimes publishing them under the pseudonym "A.K. Walton".[1] Vivian is best known for his Lost World fantasy novels such as City of Wonder [2] and his series of novels featuring supernatural detective Gregory George Gordon Green or "Gees" which he wrote under his "Jack Mann" pseudonym. Vivian also wrote several science-fiction stories, including the novel Star Dust about a scientist who can create gold.[3] Critic Jack Adrian has praised Cannell's lost-world stories as "bursting with ideas and colour and pace", and "superb examples of a fascinating breed".[4] Influences on Vivian's work included Rider Haggard, H.G. Wells, Arthur Machen and the American novelist Arthur O. Friel.[1] Vivian also published fiction under several other pseudonyms, including Westerns as "Barry Lynd". Adrian has noted that some of the pseudonyms Cannell used "will never now be identified".[1] For younger readers, Vivian wrote Robin Hood and his Merry Men, a retelling of the Robin Hood legend.

Vivian also edited three British pulp magazines. From 1918 to 1922 Vivian edited The Novel Magazine, and later, for the publisher Walter Hutchinson (1887–1950), Hutchinson's Adventure-Story Magazine (which serialized three of Vivian's novels) and Hutchinson's Mystery-Story Magazine.[5] In addition to UK writers, Vivian often reprinted fiction from American pulp magazines such as Adventure and Weird Tales in the Hutchinson publications.[1]

Outside the field of fiction, Vivian was noted for the non-fiction book, A History of Aeronautics.[1]

Works[edit]

Gees Series[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Robin Hood (1906)
  • The Shadow of Christine (1907)
  • The Woman Tempted Me (1909)
  • Wandering of Desire (1910)
  • Following Feet (1911)
  • Passion-Fruit (1912)
  • Divided Ways (1914)
  • The Young Man Absalom (1915)
  • The Yellow Streak: A story of the South African veld (1921)
  • City of Wonder (Fantasy, 1922)
  • Fields of Sleep (Fantasy, 1923)
  • Broken Couplings (1923)
  • The Guarded Woman (1923)
  • A Scout of the ’45 (Historical Novel, 1923)
  • People of the Darkness (Fantasy, 1924)
  • Barker's Drift (1924)
  • The Lady of the Terraces (Fantasy, 1925)
  • Ash (1925)
  • Star Dust (1925)
  • A King There Was (Fantasy, 1926)
  • The Passionless Quest (1926)
  • The Forbidden Door (Fantasy, 1927)
  • Robin Hood and His Merry Men (1927)
  • Shooting Stars (Film Adaptation, 1928)
  • Man Alone (1928)
  • Nine Days (1928)
  • The Moon and Chelsea (1928)
  • The Tale of Fleur (Fantasy, 1929)
  • Woman Dominant (Fantasy, 1930)
  • Guardian of the Cup (1930)
  • One Tropic Night (1930)
  • Double or Quit (1930)
  • Delicate Fiend (1930)
  • Unwashed Gods (1931)
  • Innocent Guilt (1931)
  • And the Devil (1931)
  • Infamous Fame (1932)
  • False Truth (1932)
  • Girl in the Dark (1933)
  • Coulson Goes South (Fantasy, 1933)
  • Ladies in the Case (1933)
  • The Keys of the Flat (1933)
  • Shadow on the House (1934)
  • Accessory After (1934)
  • Dead Man's Chest (1934)
  • Jewels Go Back (1934)
  • Cigar for Inspector Head (1935)
  • Seventeen Cards (1935)
  • The Capsule Mystery (1935)
  • With Intent to Kill (1936)
  • The Black Prince (Historical, 1936)
  • Who Killed Gatton? (1936)
  • Tramp's Evidence (1937)
  • 38 Automatic (1937)
  • Evidence In Blue (1938)
  • The Rainbow Puzzle (1938)
  • Touch and Go (1939)
  • Problem by Rail (1939)
  • The Impossible Crime (1940)
  • The Man With the Scar (1940)
  • And Then There Was One (1941)
  • Curses Come Home (1942)
  • Dangerous Guide (1943)
  • Samson (1944)
  • She Who Will Not- (1945)
  • Other Gods (1945)
  • Arrested (1949)
  • Vain Escape (1952)

Westerns[edit]

(as Barry Lynd)

  • Dude Ranch (1938)
  • Trailed Down (1938)
  • Riders to Bald Butte (1939)
  • Ghost Canyon (1939)
  • The Ten-Buck Trail (1941)
  • George On the Trail (1942)

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • A History of Aeronautics (1921)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, p. 577-80.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 988.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, pp. 1286–87
  4. ^ St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, pp. 577–80.
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Fantasy, pp. 448–49.

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