Terry Harknett

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Terry Harknett
Born1936 (age 81–82)
Essex, England, United Kingdom
GenreWestern, 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.

In 2015 Amazon Studios aired a TV pilot titled Edge based on the book series of the same name, adapted by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Shane Black.[4]


  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
  4. ^ Keeton, Joey (16 May 2015). "Shane Black to adapt 'Edge' novel series for Amazon pilot". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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