Pseudonymous Bosch

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Pseudonymous Bosch is the pen name of the author of The Secret Series and Bad Magic series of fictional children's books. He has released 9 books. [1]


Bosch had long been suspected to be the author Raphael Simon.[2][3][4] However, this had been disputed by the author.[3][5] On May 8, 2016, however, it was explicitly stated in The New York Times that Bosch is, in fact, Simon.[6]

The pseudonym plays off that of the artist Hieronymus Bosch.


The Secret Series is a pentalogy of novels based on the five senses: Sight, Smell, Sound, Taste, and Touch. The narratives of the books are frequently interrupted with short side stories and "secret" information.

The main characters of his books are Cassandra (nicknamed Cass), Max-Ernest and Yo-yoji, though those are not their real names. The Series is all about one secret.

Later, Bosch wrote Bad Magic, centering around Max-Ernest's younger brother, Paul-Clay (Later he drops the Paul and desires to be called just Clay) whose hobby is graffiti.

The Secret Series[edit]

Bosch's Secret Series consists of the following novels:

Bosch's new series consists of the following novels:

  • Bad Magic (2014) centers around a character who was first introduced as Max-Ernest's little brother, Paul Clay, in the "Secret Series."
  • Bad Luck

You Have To Stop This was reported as the last in the Secret Series novels.[7] Bosch has since published Write This Book! and it will be a do it yourself book; "a book that readers will write for me" Bosch stated in an interview with Wired; elaborating: "it is a kind of half-written, guided mystery. Parts of it are going to be multiple choice, choose-your-own adventure, parts of it will be more like Mad Libs, some silly stuff".[7][3] Furthermore, Galleycat for stated that Bosch has since "inked a deal for a new middle grade trilogy".[2] The first book in the new series is titled "Bad Magic" and was released on September 16, 2014. Though it is a new series, there seems to be some continuity with the original "Secret Series" universe.


  1. ^ "WebVoyage Titles". Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Yin, Maryann (April 17, 2012). "Pseudonymous Bosch Lands Deal with Dial Books for Young Readers". Galleycat. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Moore, Fernanda (July 29, 2011). "Don't Read This". Chapter 16. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Breary, Jazzmine (April 28, 2011). "How well do you know your pseudonymous authors? | Children's books". The Guardian. Retrieved May 24, 2012. Submit the (blank) quiz and select the "Show Answers" link for this information. 
  5. ^ "IMPostor Appearances". The Name of This Website is Secret. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Bosch, Pseudonymous (May 8, 2016). "Also Known As". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Liu, Jonathan H. (October 9, 2011). "Wordstock Interview: Pseudonymous Bosch". Wired. Retrieved May 24, 2012.