Lou Cameron

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Lou Cameron (June 20, 1924 – November 25, 2010) was an American novelist [1] and a comic book creator. He was born in San Francisco in 1924 to Lou Cameron Sr. and Ruth Marvin Cameron, a vaudeville comedian and his vocalist wife. Cameron served in Europe during World War II in the U.S. Army's 2nd Armored Division ("Hell On Wheels"). Before becoming a writer, Cameron illustrated comics such as Classics Illustrated and miscellaneous horror comics. One of his first written stories, "The Last G.I.," is a science fiction story about American soldiers struggling to survive in a nuclear battlefield. It appeared in Real War (volume 2 number 2, October 1958).

His work usually boasted muscular, no-nonsense prose through a prism of wry cynicism, sharp observation, and a signature combination of gusto with pulp-style gritty realism; he was also expert at devising unexpected, 11th hour plot twists. Fantastically versatile and prolific, his work ran the gamut in quality from inspired to for-the-buck cheap sensationalism. But his imprimatur remained individual and unmistakable.

The film to book adaptations he wrote include None but the Brave (based on the anti-war film directed by and starring Frank Sinatra), California Split (based on the Joseph Walsh screenplay for the Robert Altman film starring Elliott Gould and George Segal), Sky Riders (based on the adventure film starring James Coburn, Robert Culp and Susannah York), Hannibal Brooks (based on the film written by the team of Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais for the Michael Winner film starring Oliver Reed and Michael J. Pollard), and an epic volume based on a number of scripts for the award winning CBS miniseries How the West Was Won that starred James Arness (not to be confused with the novelization by Louis L'Amour of the identically titled feature film, although the TV series was loosely based on that film).

He also wrote two novels based on TV series: an original, The Outsider, based on the Private Eye series created by Roy Huggins and starring Darren McGavin; and "A Praying Mantis Kills", one of the novelizations of the Kung Fu television series, under the "house name" (shared pseudonym provided by the publisher) "Howard Lee". (The three other books in that series were written, also as Howard Lee, by Barry N. Maltzberg and Ron Goulart.) Alone among Cameron's tie-ins, "The Outsider" is written in the first person, from the POV of its main character, P.I. David Ross. Though that perspective is naturally derived from the main character's voice-over commentary in the episodes, Cameron often employed first person narrative in his original novels, particularly the earlier (1960-1970) standalone works, such as "The Empty Quarter", "Angel's Flight", "The Good Guy" and "The Amphorae Pirates".

His most ambiguous credit is on the 1965 paperback movie tie-in edition of Morituri. This, its only-ever English-language edition (originally written in German, the novel was a bestseller in Europe), has a title page crediting the novel to W.J. Lueddecke and the translation to H. S. Noerdlinger, adding "edited for Gold Medal Books by Lou Cameron." And opposite this page is a (probably contractual) movie credits page containing the by-line Screenplay by Daniel Taradash. The provenance of Cameron's credit can only be guessed at, but it's an obvious open identification of a ghostwriter. The most likely scenario is that the translation was commissioned for the filmmakers, but deemed unpublishable when the deal for the tie in edition was made, so the editor turned to Cameron, war novels a specialty, to turn it into readable English. How much he simply reworked the translation vs. how much he literally rewrote the book (and how free a hand he was given) is unknown, but the presence and position of the screenwriter's credit along with the others, raises the possibility that Cameron's draft may tacitly have been based also or entirely on the screenplay. Another oddity: the copyright is assigned to the publisher, not the author of the German original. All that's unequivocal is that the prose is rendered with the unmistakable Cameron imprimatur.

Cameron also created the character Longarm under the housename "Tabor Evans" and wrote at least 52 of the more-than-400 books in the series. He wrote the Renegade series as "Ramsay Thorne", and the Stringer series under his own name. He also wrote at least one Easy Company novel as "John Wesley Howard", In 2004, his novel The Subway Stalker was adapted to film by French director Jean-Pierre Mocky as Le Furet.

He has received awards for his Western writings, such as the Golden Spur for The Spirit Horses. He wrote an estimated 300 novels. The lists below are compiled from copyright records at the Library of Congress.


as Lou Cameron[edit]

  • Angel's Flight (1960)
  • The Empty Quarter (1962)
  • The Sky Divers (1962)
  • None But the Brave (1965)
  • "Morituri" (1965) (credited as "editor"; see above)
  • The Block Busters (1966)
  • Iron Men with Wooden Wings (1967)
  • Bastard's Name Is War (1968)
  • The Good Guy (1968)
  • Green Fields of Hell (1968)
  • Mistress of Bayou LaBelle (1968)
  • Ashanti (1969)
  • Big Red Ball (1969)
  • The Black Camp (1969)
  • The Dragon's Spine (1969)
  • File on a Missing Redhead (1969)
  • Hannibal Brooks (1969)
  • The Mud War (1969)
  • The Outsider (1969) (based on the television series)
  • Dirty War of Sergeant Slade (1969)
  • Amphora Pirates (1970)
  • Before It's Too Late (1970)
  • Behind the Scarlet Door (1971)
  • Spurhead (1971)
  • The Tipping Point (1971)
  • Zulu Warrior (1971)
  • Cybernia (1972)
  • The Girl with the Dynamite Bangs (1973)
  • California Split (1974)
  • Barca (1975)
  • North to Cheyenne (1975)
  • Closing Circle (1975)
  • Dekker (1976)
  • Guns of Durango (1976)
  • Sky Riders (1976)
  • Tancredi (1976)
  • The Spirit Horses (1976)
  • Drop into Hell (1976)
  • How the West Was Won (1977)
  • Code Seven (1977)
  • The Big Lonely (1978)
  • The Cascade Ghost (1978)
  • The Subway Stalker (1980)
  • The Hot Car (1981)
  • Grass of Goodnight (1987)
  • The Buntline Special (1988)
  • Crooked Lance (1989)
  • 'Yellow Iron (1990)
  • Eagle Chief (1990)
  • The First Blood (1992)

Stringer series[edit]

  • Stringer (1987) #1
  • On Dead Man's Range (1987) #2
  • Stringer On the Assassin's Trail (1987) #3
  • Stringer and the Hangman's Rodeo (1988) #4
  • Stringer and the Wild Bunch (1988) #5
  • Stringer and the Hanging Judge (1988) #6
  • In Tombstone (1988) #7
  • Stringer and the Deadly Flood (1988) #8
  • Stringer and the Lost Tribe (1988) #9
  • Stringer and the Oil Well Indians (1989) #10
  • Stringer and the Border War (1989) #11
  • Stringer On the Mojave (1989)
  • Stringer On Pikes Peak (1989)
  • Stringer and the Hell Bound Herd (1989)
  • Stringer in a Texas Shoot-Out (1989)

as Justin Adams[edit]

  • Chains (1977)

as Julie Cameron[edit]

  • The Darklings (1975)
  • Devil in the Pines (1975)

as Tabor Evans[edit]

  • Books in the Longarm series
  • "Longarm" (1978)
  • "Longarm And The Wendigo" (1978)
  • "Longarm And The Highgraders" (1979)
  • "Longarm And The Molly Maguires" (1979)
  • "Longarm In The Sand Hills" (1979)
  • "Longarm And The Ghost Dancers" (1980)
  • "Longarm And The Mounties" (1980)
  • "Longarm In The Four Corners" (1980)
  • "Longarm On The Old Mission Trail" (1980)
  • "Longarm And The Laredo Loop" (1981)
  • "Longarm And The Stalking Corpse" (1981)
  • "Longarm On The Big Muddy" (1981)
  • "Longarm And The Eastern Dudes" (1982)
  • "Longarm In Deadwood" (1982)
  • "Longarm On The Barbary Coast" (1982)
  • "Longarm On The Great Divide" (1983)
  • "Longarm And The Bone Skinners" (1986)
  • "Longarm And The Lone Star Mission" .(1987)
  • "Longarm In The Bighorn Basin" (1987)
  • "Longarm On Death Mountain" .(1987)
  • "Longarm On The Overland Trail" .(1987)
  • "Longarm And The Hangman's Vengeance" .(1988)
  • "Longarm And The Utah Killers" .(1988)
  • "Longarm And The Blossom Rock Banshee" (1998)
  • "Longarm And The Calgary Kid" (1998)
  • "Longarm And The River Pirates" (1998)
  • "Longarm And The Wicked Schoolmarm.(1998)
  • "Longarm And The Wyoming Wildwomen" (1998)
  • "Longarm And The Church Ladies" (2000)
  • "Longarm And The Mad Bomber's Bride" (2000)
  • "Longarm And The Nevada Belly Dancer" (2000)
  • "Longarm And The Sins Of Sister Simone" (2000)
  • "Longarm And The Gunshot Gang" (2001)
  • "Longarm And The Hangman's Daughter" (2001)
  • "Longarm And The Lady Bandit" (2001)
  • "Longarm And The Amorous Amazon" .(2002)
  • "Longarm And The Contrary Cowgirls" (2002)
  • "Longarm And The Haunted Whorehouse" (2002)
  • "Longarm And The Sidesaddle Assassin" (2002)
  • "Longarm And The Bad Girls Of Rio Blanco" (2003)
  • "Longarm And The Dead Man's Tale" (2003)
  • "Longarm And The Deadly Dead Man" (2003)
  • "Longarm And The Lady Hustlers" (2003)
  • "Longarm And Town-Taming Tess" (2003)
  • "Longarm And The Bartered Brides" (2004)
  • "Longarm And The Boys In The Back Room" (2004)
  • "Longarm And The Great Milk-Train Robbery" (2004)
  • "Longarm Sets The Stage" (2004)
  • "Longarm And The Sidekick From Hell.(2005)
  • "Longarm And The Unwelcome Woolies.(2005)
  • "Longarm And The Ungrateful Gun.(2006)

as John Wesley Howard[edit]

  • Easy Company and the Suicide Boys (1981)

as Howard Lee[edit]

  • Kung Fu #4: A Praying Mantis Kills (1974)

as Mary Manning[edit]

  • This Fever in My Blood (1980)

as Ramsay Thorne[edit]

  • "Renegade (1979)
  • "Blood Runner (1980)
  • "The Fear Merchant (1980)
  • "Death Hunter (1980)
  • "Macumba Killer (1980)
  • "Panama Gunner (1980)
  • "Death in High Places (1981)
  • "Over the Andes to Hell (1981)
  • "Hell Raider (1981)
  • "The Great Game (1981)
  • "Citadel of Death (1981)
  • "The Badlands Brigade (1982)
  • "The Mahogany Pirates (1982)
  • "Harvest of Death (1982)
  • "Terror Trail (1982)
  • "Mexican Marauder (1983)
  • "Slaughter in Sinaloa (1983)
  • "Cavern of Doom (1983)
  • "Hellfire in Honduras (1983)
  • "Shots at Sunrise (1983) #20
  • "River of Revenge (1983)
  • "Payoff in Panama (1984)
  • "Volcano of Violence (1984)
  • "Guatemala Gunman (1984)
  • "High Sea Showdown (1984)
  • "Blood On the Border (1984)
  • "Savage Safari (1984)
  • "The Slave Raiders (1985)
  • "Peril in Progreso (1985)
  • "Mayhem At Mission Bay (1985)
  • "Shootout in Segovia (1985)
  • "Death Over Darien (1985)
  • "Costa Rican Carnage (1985)
  • "Golden Express (1986)
  • "Standoff in the Sky (1986)
  • "Guns for Garcia (1986)


  1. ^ WorldCat author listing

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