H. Bedford-Jones

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H. Bedford-Jones
Born (1887-04-29)April 29, 1887
Napanee, Ontario, Canada
Died May 6, 1949(1949-05-06) (aged 62)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Pen name Donald Bedford, Montague Brissard, Cleveland B. Chase, Paul Ferval, Michael Gallister, Allan Hawkwood, Gordon Keyne, M. Lassez, George Souli de Mourant, Lucian Pemjean, Margaret Love Sangerson, Charles George Souli, Gordon Stuart, Elliot Whitney, John Wycliffe
Occupation short story writer, novelist
Nationality Canada, United States
Genres Historical fiction Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

Henry James O'Brien Bedford-Jones (1887–1949) was a Canadian historical, adventure fantasy, science fiction, crime and Western writer who became a naturalized United States citizen in 1908. After being encouraged to try writing by his friend, writer William Wallace Cook, Bedford-Jones began writing dime novels and pulp magazine stories.[1] Bedford-Jones was an enormously prolific writer; the pulp editor Harold Hersey once recalled meeting Bedford-Jones in Paris, where he was working on two novels simultaneously, each story on its own separate typewriter.[1] Bedford-Jones cited Alexandre Dumas as his main influence, and wrote a sequel to Dumas' The Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan (1928).[2] He wrote over 100 novels, earning the nickname "King of the Pulps". His works appeared in a number of pulp magazines. Bedford-Jones' main publisher was Blue Book magazine; he also appeared in Adventure, All-Story Weekly, Argosy, Short Stories, Top-Notch Magazine, The Magic Carpet, Golden Fleece, Ace-High Magazine, People's Story Magazine, Hutchinson's Adventure-Story Magazine, Detective Fiction Weekly, Western Story Magazine, and Weird Tales.

In addition to writing fiction, Bedford-Jones also worked as a journalist for the Boston Globe, and wrote poetry.[1] Bedford-Jones was a friend of Erle Stanley Gardner and Vincent Starrett. [3][4]

Works[edit]

partial list

  • Blood Royal (1914)
  • The Seal of John Solomon (1915)
  • Gentleman of Solomon (1915)
  • Solomon's Carpet (1915)
  • Solomon's Quest (1915)
  • John Solomon (1916)
  • John Solomon, Retired (1917)
  • Sword Flame (1918)
  • Arizona Argonauts (1920)
  • Pirates' Gold (1920)
  • The Temple of the Ten (with W. C. Robertson, 1921, book form 1973)
  • The Shadow (1922)
  • John Solomon, Supercargo (1924)
  • The Seal of Solomon (1924)
  • Splendour of the Gods (1924)
  • The Star Woman (1924)
  • John Solomon, Incognito (1925)
  • The Shawl of Solomon (1925)
  • Solomon's Carpet (1926)
  • Solomon's Quest (1926)
  • D'Artagnan (1928)
  • The Wizard of Atlas (1928)
  • The Opium Ship (2005)
  • The House of Skulls and other Tales from the Pulps (2006)
  • The Golden Goshawk (2009)
  • The Master of Dragons (2011)
  • The Rajah from Hell (2012)
  • The Saga of Thady Shea (2013)
  • Wilderness Trail (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mike Ashley, "Bedford Jones, H(enry James O'Brien)", in St. James Guide To Fantasy Writers, edited by David Pringle, St. James Press, 1996, ISBN 1-55862-205-5, p. 51-3.
  2. ^ Bernard A. Drew, Literary afterlife: the posthumous continuations of 325 authors' fictional characters. McFarland, 2010, ISBN 0-7864-4179-8 (pp. 43-44).
  3. ^ H. Bedford-Jones: "King of the Pulps" by Peter Ruber[dead link]
  4. ^ Vincent Starrett, Born in a bookshop; chapters from the Chicago Renascence." Norman, University of Oklahoma Press,1965.

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