Reginald Alec Martin

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Reginald Alec Martin
Born(1908-01-11)11 January 1908
South London, England
Died27 June 1971(1971-06-27) (aged 63)
Haywards Heath, Sussex
GenreWesterns, Science fiction
Years active1949–1967

Reginald Alec Martin (11 January 1908 – 27 June 1971) was a British author of a children's series and other novels. He wrote under a series of pseudonyms, including E. C. Eliott and Rex Dixon.[1]


Martin was born in South London in 1908. He claimed to have started work at 13, and spent time in various countries, working as a cowboy, gold prospector, and wild-horse trader, among numerous other occupations. During the Second World War he lived in Nottingham, working for the Ambulance Service. He began writing full-time after the war, publishing his first novel in 1949 under the name "Hank McCoy". He went on to write more novels, all Westerns, over the next few years under the names "Scott Martin", "Tex Bancroft", "Brett Cameron", "Buck Savage" and "Burt Merrill", and also a science fiction novel The Wheel in the Sky, published in 1954, under the name "Rafe Barnard". In 1953 he began writing novels for children, starting with the "Pocomoto" series of westerns as "Rex Dixon", then the "Kemlo" science fiction series as "E. C. Eliott", and the "Joey" and "Dance and Co." adventure series as "Robert Martin". He also wrote spin-off novels, short stories, non-fiction books, and ghost-wrote several novels published under the names of well-known sportsmen. He died in Haywards Heath, Sussex, in 1971.[1]


As "Hank McCoy"[edit]

As "Buck Savage"[edit]

As "Brett Cameron"[edit]

The Blue Sombrero stories

As "Burt Merrill"[edit]

  • Vengeance Trail (Forbes Robertson, 1951)
  • Guns of Delta City (Forbes Robertson, 1952)

As "Scott Martin"[edit]

  • The Claws of the Cougar (Werner Laurie, 1951)

As "Tex Bancroft"[edit]

  • Gold Horse Canyon (Herbert Jenkins, 1952)
  • The Prairie Dusters (Herbert Jenkins, 1953)

As "Rex Dixon"[edit]

The Pocomoto stories
The Pete stories
  • Pete of the Wild Grass Country (Nelson, 1954)
  • Pete and the Prairie People (Nelson, 1954)
  • A Book of Pirates (Nelson, 1962)
  • A Book of Highwaymen (Nelson, 1963)
  • "The Wild Ones" in Boys Choice (Golden Pleasure Books, 1965)

As "Robert Martin"[edit]

The Joey stories
The Ginger Pennylove stories
The Dance & Co. series
The Career stories
  • The October Story (Harrap, 1959)
  • The April Story (Harrap, 1960)
  • The September Story (Harrap, 1960)
The Bandit stories
The Trew Twins stories
  • The Gold Elephant (Brockhampton Press, 1959)
  • The Money Mystery (Brockhampton Press, 1960)
  • The Secret Boat (Brockhampton Press, 1961)
  • The Golden Wheels (Harrap, 1961)
  • The Circus Marches (Illustrated by Dame Laura Knight; Harrap, 1963)
  • "Toddy Proves his Point" in Boys Choice (Golden Pleasure Books, 1965)
  • Personna Year Book of Sports No 1 (Pelham Books, 1969)

As "E. C. Eliott"[edit]

The Kemlo stories
The Tas stories
  • Tas and the Postal Rocket (Nelson, 1955)
  • Tas and the Space Machine (Nelson, 1955)

As "Rafe Bernard"[edit]

As "Frank Denver"[edit]

  • Okara the Hunter (Nelson, 1955)
The Daktari stories
  • The Pintu Dogs (Souvenir Press, 1967)
  • The Happy Hippo (Souvenir Press, 1967)

As "Nicholas Marrat"[edit]

  • In A Book of Boys' Stories (Golden Pleasure Books, 1964)
    • "Boy with a Gun"
    • "Chad Stenson - T.V. Reporter"
    • "Imperno Quartaro - Special Agent"
    • "Murder is for Men"
    • "The Explosive Twins"
    • "The Fighting Flanagans"
    • "The Planetoid Grid"
  • "Imperno Strikes Again" in Boys Choice (Golden Pleasure Books, 1965)

As "Simon Latter"[edit]

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. stories
  • The Global Globules Affair (Souvenir Press, 1967)
  • The Golden Boats of Taradata Affair (Souvenir Press, 1967)


  • Cricket Crusader, Gary Sobers and R. A. Martin (Pelham Books, 1966)

Ghost writer[edit]

  • Carlotti Joins the Team, for Mike Hawthorn (Cassell, 1959)
  • Carlotti Takes the Wheel, for Mike Hawthorn (Cassell, 1959)
  • Bonaventure and the Flashing Blade, for Gary Sobers (Pelham Books, 1967)
  • The Golden Boots, for Denis Law (Pelham Books, 1967)
  • The Torella Tigers, for Graham Hill (Pelham Books, 1968)


  1. ^ a b Allsup, John; McGarry, Mike (2012). "The Reginald Alec Martin Website". Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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