Peter Haining (author)
Peter Alexander Haining (2 April 1940 – 19 November 2007) was a British journalist, author and anthologist who lived and worked in Suffolk. Born in Enfield, Middlesex, he began his career as a reporter in Essex and then moved to London where he worked on a trade magazine before joining the publishing house of New English Library.
Haining achieved the position of Editorial Director before becoming a full-time writer in the early Seventies. He edited a large number of anthologies, predominantly of horror and fantasy short stories, wrote non-fiction books on a variety of topics from the Channel Tunnel to Sweeney Todd and also used the pen names "Ric Alexander" and "Richard Peyton" on a number of crime story anthologies. In the Seventies he wrote three novels, including The Hero (1973), which was optioned for filming.
In two controversial books, Haining argued that Sweeney Todd was a real historical figure who committed his crimes around 1800, was tried in December 1801, and was hanged in January 1802. However, other researchers who have tried to verify his citations find nothing in these sources to back Haining's claims. Strong reservations have also been expressed regarding the reliability of another of Haining's influential non-fiction works, The Legend and Bizarre Crimes of Spring Heeled Jack.
He wrote several reference books on the British BBC TV programme Doctor Who, including the 20th anniversary special Doctor Who: A Celebration Two Decades Through Time and Space (1983), and also wrote the definitive study of Sherlock Holmes on the screen, The Television Sherlock Holmes (1991) and several other television tie-ins featuring famous literary characters, including Maigret, Poirot, Dr. Finlay and James Bond. Peter Haining's most recent project was a series of World War Two stories based on extensive research and personal interviews: The Jail That Went To Sea (2003), The Mystery of Rommel's Gold (2004), Where The Eagle Landed (2004), The Chianti Raiders (2005) and The Banzai Hunters (2007).
Peter Haining contributed to over 170 books, authoring the vast majority, a few of which are listed here.
- M. R. James - Book of the Supernatural (1979) (ISBN 0-572-01048-6) Introduction by Sir John Betjeman. Articles and rare items about MRJ
- A Sherlock Holmes Compendium (1980)
- Doctor Who: The Key to Time A year by year record (1984) (ISBN 0-491-03283-8)
- The Nine Lives of Doctor Who (1999)
- The legend and Bizarre Crimes of Spring-Heeled Jack (1977)
- The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook (1973) Indispensable for collectors of Sherlockiana
- Sweeney Todd: The Real Story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1993) London: Robson Books
- On Call with Doctor Finlay (1994) London: Boxtree Limited
- —— (November 1988). Doctor Who: 25 Glorious Years. London: W.H. Allen. ISBN 1-85227-021-7.
- Haining, Peter; Cook, Jean, eds. (1993). MG Log: A Celebration of the World's Favourite Sports Car. London: Souvenir Press. ISBN 0-285-63144-6.
- Haining, Peter, ed. (1987). Werewolf: Horror Stories of the Man-Beast. London: Severn House Publishers. ISBN 9780727814654.
- "Deaths: Sidney Coleman, Peter Haining". Locus Online (Locus Publications). 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
- Hawtree, Christopher (2007-12-05). "Obituary: Peter Haining - Prolific writer and editor who delighted in horror and crime". Guardian Unlimited (UK) (Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2007-12-27.
- Haining, Peter (1979). The Mystery and Horrible Murders of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. F. Muller. ISBN 0-584-10425-1.
- Haining, Peter (1993). Sweeney Todd: The real story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Boxtree. ISBN 1-85283-442-0.
- "Man or myth? The making of Sweeney Todd" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-15.
- Duff, Oliver (3 January 2006). "Sweeney Todd: fact or fiction?". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2006-11-15. (Full text)
- "True or False?". Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert. KQED. 2001. Retrieved 2006-11-15.
- "Fortean Studies volume 3" (1996), pp. 1-125, ed. Steve Moore, John Brown Publishing
- "British Fantasy Awards Winners By Year". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2007-11-21.