Richard Wormser

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Richard Edward Wormser (February 2, 1908 in New York City, New York – July, 1977 in Tumacaciori, Arizona) was an American writer of pulp fiction, detective fiction, screenplays, and Westerns, some of it written using the pseudonym of Ed Friend. He is estimated to have written 300 short stories, 200 novelettes, 12 books, many screenplays and stories turned into screenplays and a cookbook Southwest Cookery or At Home on the Range.

Literary accomplishments[edit]

After graduating from Princeton University he became a prolific writer of pulp fiction under his own name, the pen name of Conrad Gerson, and wrote seventeen Nick Carter novels for Street & Smith.[1]

Wormser's first crime fiction novel was The Man with the Wax Face in 1934. His first Western novel was The Lonesome Quarter in 1951.[2]

Hollywood purchased several of his stories beginning with his It's All in the Racket filmed as Sworn Enemy in 1936. Columbia Pictures signed him for a short term writing contract in 1937.[3] He was fired, then rehired by Columbia and worked for several other studios. Columbia once couldn't make up its mind between buying two of his stories, The Frame Up or Right Guy. The studio at last decided on Right Guy but filmed it under the title of The Frame Up.

During World War II he served as a forest ranger.

Wormser won Western Spur Awards for juvenile fiction for Ride a Northbound Horse in 1964, and for The Black Mustanger in 1971.[4] He also won an Edgar award for best original paperback novel for The Invader in 1973.


  • The Man With the Wax Face, 1934
  • The Communist’s Corpse, 1935
  • All's Fair, 1937
  • The Hanging Heiress, 1949
  • The Lonesome Quarter, 1952 (western)
  • The Longhorn Trail, 1955 (western)
  • The Body Looks Familiar, 1958
  • Slattery's Range, 1959 (western)
  • The Late Mrs Five, 1960
  • Drive East On 66, 1961
  • Battalion of Saints, 1961 (western)
  • Perfect Pigeon, 1962
  • Three-Cornered War, 1962 (western)
  • A Nice Girl Like You, 1963
  • Pan Satyrus, 1963
  • Ride a Northbound Horse, 1964 (western)
  • The Green Hornet:The Infernal Light, 1966 (as Ed Friend)
  • The Most Deadly Game #1: The Corpse in the Castle, 1970 (as Ed Friend)
  • The Ranch by the Sea, 1970
  • Black Mustanger, 1971 (western)
  • The Takeover, 1971
  • The Invader, 1972


Wormser authored several novelisations of films

and four novels based on TV series, three as "Ed Friend":

and one as Richard Wormser:


  1. ^ p.139 Wild Cat Books The Pulp Hero Deluxe Edition 2008 Lulu
  2. ^ Sadler, Geoff, Salder, James, Sonnichsen, Charles Leland, Bold, Christine Twentieth Century Western Writers 1991 St. James Press Edition 2
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2010-05-28.


Wormser, Richard & Skutch, Ira How to Become a Complete Non-Entity: A Memoir iUniverse 2006

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