John Ernest Bechdolt
Mankato, Minnesota 
|Died||1954 (aged 69–70)|
Southern Pines, North Carolina 
|Pen name||Jack Bechdolt|
|Genre||Science fiction, Fantasy|
John Ernest Bechdolt (1884–1954) was an American short story writer, novelist and journalist. He wrote under the name Jack Bechdolt as well as his full name. He worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1909 to 1916, after which he moved to New York, where he worked for Munsey Publications for a year before freelancing. His first novel, The Torch, was serialized in the magazine Argosy in 1920. Several of his stories were made into movies.
Bechdolt served as a solicitor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1910. During that time, he was also drawing; he was listed as a member of the Seattle Cartoonists' Club in their 1911 book The Cartoon; A Reference Book of Seattle's Successful Men. He also signed one of the illustrations in the book, a caricature of a painter.
Books by Jack Bechdolt
- The Lost Vikings (1931)
- The Vanishing Hounds (1941)
- The Torch (1948)
- The Modern Handy Book for Boys (1933)
- Aberdeen Daily News, 1954-12-31 page 6, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
- from 1910 Seattle Census
- Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. pp. 44. OCLC 1113926.
- Clute, John; Peter Nicholls (1995). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 101. ISBN 0-312-13486-X.
- Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 34. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.