Georges Surdez

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Georges Arthur Surdez (1900–1949) was a writer of adventure stories.[1] He was born in Bienne, Switzerland, of French descent. He first visited America at the age of thirteen, and went to school in New York.[2] He invented the term "Russian Roulette" in a story of the same name published in Collier's magazine.[3]

He was a regular contributor to Adventure, with over 100 stories appearing. [4] [5]

His short story A Game in the Bush was filmed as South Sea Love in 1927.[3] His novel "The Demon Caravan" was filmed as Desert Legion starring Alan Ladd.[1]

He married an older schoolteacher, Edith McKenna, in 1922.[3] They divorced after she left him for another man in 1943.[3]



  • Swords of the Soudan, 1923.[3]
  • The Demon Caravan, 1927
  • They March from Yesterday (1 March 1930, published by Adventure magazine).[6]
  • Homeland, 1946 (autobiographical novel).[3]

Short stories[edit]

  • Dinner for Monsieur Martin.[7]
  • The Yellow Streak
  • Sons Of The Sword, 1928, published in Adventure.[3]
  • A Game In The Bush
  • Hell's Half-Way House
  • Russian roulette, 1937, published in Collier's.[3]
  • The Haunted Wall, 1941[8]


  1. ^ a b Wagner, Jack (May 7, 2011). "Short Biography of Georges Surdez".
  2. ^ "Blue Book Stories of Adventure for MEN, by MEN". 73 (5). September 1941. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Othen, Christopher. "The Man Who Invented Russian Roulette". Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  4. ^ Penzler, Otto (2011). The Big Book of Adventure Stories. Vintage. p. 399. ISBN 978-0-307-47450-6.
  5. ^ "Georges Surdez - Writer of French Foreign Legion stories". 10 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Adventure 1930-03-01".
  7. ^ Best Short Shorts. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1958. Print.
  8. ^ "The Haunted Wall". Collier's Weekly. November 1, 1941.