Terry Harknett

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Terry Harknett
Born 1936 (age 77–78)
Essex
Pen name Several; see article
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Genre Western; Crime

Terry Harknett (born 1936) is a British author. He is author of almost 200 books, mostly pulp novels in the western and crime genres. He has written as a ghostwriter for Peter Haining and under an array of pseudonyms, including George G. Gilman, Joseph Hedges, William M. James, Charles R. Pike, Thomas H. Stone, Frank Chandler, Jane Harman, Alex Peters, William Pine, William Terry, James Russell and David Ford. Some bibliographies list Adam Hardy as one of Harknett's pseudonyms, in fact a nom de plume of Kenneth Bulmer. This is an error [1] resulting from incorrect copyright information printed in one of the Edge westerns.

He has written a number of series including:

  • Steve Wayne (9 books under his own name)
  • Crown (3 books under his own name)
  • Edge (61 books as George G. Gilman)
  • Adam Steele (49 books as George G. Gilman)
  • Edge Meets Adam Steele (3 books as George G. Gilman)
  • The Undertaker (6 books as George G. Gilman)
  • The Revenger (12 books as Joseph Hedges)
  • Apache (27 books as William M. James)
  • Jubal Cade (3 books as Charles R. Pike)
  • Chester Fortune (5 books as Thomas H. Stone)

Harknett's westerns have been identified as an influence by authors including Robert J. Randisi [2] and Peter Brandvold.[3]

George G. Gilman is one pseudonym, or pen name, of Terry Harknett. Under that name Harknett wrote three series of Western books: Edge, which his US publisher would brand, "The Most Violent Westerns In Print"; Adam Steele (this character and Edge appeared together in three books); and The Undertaker. The Gilman books were known for their sardonic and sarcastic humor and for their very violent content.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Posting by Terry Harknett on the forum 'GGG and the Piccadilly Cowboys' gggandpcs.proboards.com dated and accessed October 19, 2009
  2. ^ Saddlebums interview with Robert J. Randisi
  3. ^ Western Fiction Review interview with Peter Brandvold

References[edit]

The Flesh & Blood of George G. Gilman, article on the Pulp Rack website [1]