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Mark Bannerman


was the pen-name of the late Anthony Lewing. He had hundreds of short stories published in men's magazines, women's magazines, children's annuals and newspapers, and was awarded several literary prizes. On retirement he took to writing full time about his first love -- the American West, which he toured several times. He made his Piccadilly Publishing debut with Galvanized Yankee -- the third in our series of stand-alone westerns, Piccadilly Publishing Presents. Sadly, Tony passed away in the summer of 2013.

Benjamin Haas


was the pseudonym for Benjamin Leopold Haas born in Charlotte , North Carolina in 1926. His imagination was also fired by the stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction told by his Grandmother, who had lived through both. Ben held various jobs until 1961, when he was working for a steel company. He had submitted a manuscript to Beacon Books, and an offer for more came just as he was laid off at the steel company. For the rest of his life he was a full-time writer. Ben wrote every day, every night. "I tried to write 5000 words or more every day, scrupulous in maintaining authenticity," Ben said. His son Joel later recalled, "My Mom learned to go to sleep to the sound of a typewriter." Other names Ben wrote under include Richard Meade, Thorne Douglas and Ben Elliott.

Michael George


Under the name 'Rory Black' Michael D George is the author of the wildly-popular Iron Eyes westerns. Writes Michael: "In my time I've done a lot of things. I've been a barber, a freelance commercial artist, a portrait painter, a grave stone designer (a dying trade), an animator and an author. These days I spend most of my time writing novels under my own name and no less than seven pseudonyms. I've been lucky to number a few of my old cowboy heroes as friends, and my walls are covered in the photographs of several of my cowboy hero pals. I've written a lot of books and have plenty more stories still to tell. As one of those friends, the late, legendary Monte Hale used to tell me, 'Shoot low -- they might be crawling!'"

Peter Brandvold


has penned over seventy fast-action westerns under his own name and his penname, Frank Leslie. He is the author of the ever-popular .45-Caliber books featuring Cuno Massey as well as the Lou Prophet and Yakima Henry novels. Recently, Berkley published his horror-western novel, Dust of the Damned, featuring ghoul-hunter Uriah Zane. Head honcho at "Mean Pete Publishing", publisher of lightning-fast western e-books, he lives in Colorado with his dogs. Visit his website at www.peterbrandvold.com

Lou Cameron  


was an American novelist and a comic book creator. Before becoming a writer, Cameron illustrated comics such as Classics Illustrated and miscellaneous horror comics. The film to book adaptations he wrote include None But the Brave starring Frank Sinatra, California Split, Sky Riders starring James Coburn, and the award winning CBS miniseries How the West Was Won. He 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 has received awards such as the Golden Spur for his Western writings. He wrote an estimated 300 novels.

boyd cassidy  


is the pseudonym for the prolific British western writer Michael D. George, who also writes the wildly popular IRON EYES westerns under the name Rory Black. (See the entry for RORY BLACK) above.

Ron Chetwynd-Hayes  


Award-winning author Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes was best known for his ghost stories. His first published work was the science fiction novel The Man From The Bomb in 1959. He went on to publish many collections and ten other novels including The Haunted Grange, And Love Survived and The Curse of the Snake God. He also edited over 20 anthologies. Several of his short works were adapted into anthology style movies, including The Monster Club and From Beyond the Grave. Piccadilly Publishing will begin issuing ebook editions of his many chilling collections beginning in 2015.

Peter Watts  


Peter Watts, the author of more than 150 novels, is better known by his pen names of "Matt Chisholm" and "Cy James". He published his first western novel under the Matt Chisholm name in 1958 (Halfbreed). He began writing the McAllister series in 1963 with The Hard Men, and that series ran to 35 novels. He followed that up with the Storm series, and used the Cy James name for his Spur" series. He wrote both fiction and nonfiction books, including the classic reference work, A Dictionary of the Old West.

Frederick H Christian  


a.k.a. Frederick Nolan decided early in life to become a writer, but it was some thirty years before he got around to achieving his ambition. His first book was The Life and Death of John Henry Tunstall, and it established him as an authority on the history of the American frontier. Later he founded The English Westerners' Society. In addition to the much-loved Frank Angel westerns, Fred also wrote five entries in the popular Sudden series started by Oliver Strange. Among his numerous non-western novels is the best-selling The Oshawa Project (published as The Algonquin Project in the US) which was later filmed by MGM as Brass Target . A leading authority on the outlaws and gunfighters of the Old West, Fred has scripted and appeared in many television programs both in England and in the United States, and authored numerous articles in historical and other academic publications.



was the pseudonym used by Laurence James and John Harvey in writing the 5 book Civil War series CALEB THORN. Featuring the eponymous hero and his blood-thirsty Thorn Raiders.

John Edward Ames  


is the pseudonym used by John Edward Ames for writing twenty-three books in the CHEYENNE series. Under the same pen name he wrote the eight book series WILD BILL. Raised in Monroe County, Michigan, and educated at Eastern Michigan University, Ames lived in Colorado and New Mexico before settling in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kent Conwell  


grew up in the wide-open Texas Panhandle town of Wheeler. His love for the West came naturally, for his grandfather had run away from his Tennessee home when he was 14, bullwhacking his way to the Panhandle where he met his future wife, who had traveled from Illinois to Texas. After moving to Fort Worth, Kent was more at home at the stockyards than school. His love for writing about the West, a period in history unique to America, has never waned. A successful educator, he has also won awards for his short stories, screenplays, mysteries, and Westerns.

Basil Copper  


became a full-time writer in 1970. In addition to horror and detective fiction, Copper was perhaps best known for his series of Solar Pons stories continuing the character created as a tribute to Sherlock Holmes by August Derleth. He also wrote a series of 52 hard-boiled thrillers featuring the Los Angeles private investigator Mike Faraday, an obvious and acknowledged homage to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. The first being The Dark Mirror.

Peter Brandvold  


Author of a series of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. He worked as a teacher of English before becoming a full-time editor, writer, and playwright. Davies has written extensively about Sherlock Holmes, both fiction and non-fiction.

HV Elkin  


Earned a B.a. from Ithaca College, NY and M.F.a. from Yale Drama School, 1961. Bradford College, Ma, Head of Drama Dept. until 1971. Eclectic writing career including magazine articles, speeches for corporate executives, etc. Novels include Music to Murder By and Murder after a Fashion; five other novels under the pseudonym H V. Elkin.



His background is in mental health nursing and he is now employed in the National Health Service as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. He has been writing articles for professional journals for many years, mainly about mental health, arts and culture. He is the author of several westerns, including The Devil's Payroll, The Gunrunners, Last Day in Paradise and There Comes an Evil Day. His first western for PP was Sheriff of Friendly.

Terry Harknett  


has written under an array of pseudonyms, including George G. Gilman (Edge and Adam Steele westerns) Joseph Hedges, William M. James, Charles R. Pike, Thomas H. Stone and Frank Chandler. One of the original members of the Piccadilly Cowboys. His westerns have been identified as an influence by authors including Robert J. Randisi and Peter Brandvold. The FORTUNE series was a tribute to his favourite writer, Raymond Chandler.

DM Harrison  


writes about the Wild West where, in her words, "the cowboys were larger than life characters living in a splendid backdrop of snow capped mountains and endless prairies. A spectacular stage for real folk heroes. The Western genre covers a short period from the gold rush of 1849 through to the time the West was tamed in the late 1800s. A short, but action packed time in history."



Initially a teacher of English and Drama, the novelist John Harvey began writing in 1975, and now has over 100 published books to his credit. In 2007 he received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. Piccadilly Publishing is proud to reissue his Herne the Hunter series, which was co-written with Laurence James under the name 'John J. McLaglen'. And his own series HART THE REGULATOR.

Keith Hetherington  


As well as writing under the pen name of Hank J. Kirby, Australian writer Keith has also worked as television scriptwriter on such Australian TV shows as Homicide, Matlock Police, Division 4, Solo One, The Box, The Spoiler and Chopper Squad. His thrillers are published under his own name.



Bryan (BJ) started writing seriously in the 1950s, but it was only in the mid-1970s that he turned to the western. "The odd thing is I'd never read a western until I'd written my first. Of course, I've read many since -- either to see how others do it or to read the books of writer-friends -- but I originally fell into the genre quite by accident." After The Avenging Four was accepted for publication, Bryan never looked back.

Mike Linaker  


is, in fact, the prolific Lancashire-born writer Michael R. Linaker. As Neil Hunter, Mike wrote two classic western series, Bodie the Stalker and Jason Brand. Under the name Richard Wyler he produced four stand-alone westerns, Incident at Butler's Station, The Savage Journey, Brigham's Way and Travis.

Laurence James  


originally worked in publishing and when was the editor at NEL who bought the EDGE series by George G. Gilman. In 1972 he embarked on the career of "a full-time freelance author and journalist". For several years thereafter he published short science fiction stories in both Britain and the US. In 1974 he published his first full-length novel, Earth Lies Sleeping - the first in a series focused on the exploits of a galactic secret agent named Simon Rack. One of the original Piccadilly Cowboys he co-wrote HERNE THE HUNTER and CALEB THORN series alongside John Harvey and using James W. Marvin wrote CROW.

Peter Brandvold  


"I always liked writing little vignettes, trying to describe the 'action' sequences I saw in a film or the Saturday Afternoon Serial at local cinemas," remembers Keith Hetherington, better-known as 'Hank J. Kirby', author of the Bronco Madigan series. "Then, when I was in my teens I had an accident at work and spent a week at home recuperating. During that time I read a story called Jailbreak Justice in a book of cowboy stories and thought I could write as good or better yarn. I filled a dozen or so pages in an exercise book, called it The Texan (very original) and mailed it away. A couple of months later I received a cheque for six pounds fifteen shillings. After that I began writing fairly regularly and Cleveland Publications asked for novels of about 40,000 words."

Gordon Landsborough  


was an English publisher, author and bookseller, and was in the forefront of change in the paperback publishing and bookselling industries in England during the 1950s to 1980s. Considered a "maverick publishing genius", he was noted for his phenomenal drive and energy, his innovative business ideas and also for his prolific output as an author.

Len Levinson  


Worked as an advertising copywriter and public relations executive before becoming a full-time novelist. Len created and wrote a number of series, including The Apache Wars Saga, The Pecos Kid and The Rat Bastards. He has had over eighty titles published, and PP is delighted to have the opportunity to issue his exceptional WWII series, THE SERGEANT, his outstanding Western series THE SEARCHER and his super sexy spy BUTLER in digital form. After many years in NYC, Len moved to a small town (pop. 3100) in rural Illinois, where he is now surrounded by corn and soybean fields ... a peaceful, ideal location for a writer.

John J  


is the pseudonym used by Laurence James and John Harvey for the HERNE THE HUNTER series. Gunfighter Jed Herne picks up his guns again when his wife is murdered and goes on the revenge trail.

Thomas McNulty  


He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Errol Flynn: The Life and Career, the culmination of over a decade of research and writing. His celebrity interviews, articles, essays, book reviews and film reviews have appeared in numerous publications - from the slicks to the pulps - including: American Cowboy, Filmfax, The Big Reel, Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age, Kung-Fu Magazine, Mystery News, Comic Effect and Scary Monsters among others.

James W Marvin  


is the pseudonym used by Laurence James for writing eight books in the CROW series. Crow - never ever any other name, is a mean sonofabitch, a loner traveling from one adventure to another. Woe betide those who get on the wrong side of his beloved Purdey shotgun.

Tony Masero  


is an internationally known Illustrator, who is best known for the Western covers he created for the two best-selling and long running Western series for George G Gilman's Edge and Steele characters, where he painted most of the covers for the European market. After a successful career in Illustration he turned to writing and now often uses his earlier skills to create the design and artwork for his own book jackets. During a long career his artwork has fronted many popular books in different genres but his love of Westerns arose out of the research necessary to complete his artwork and in the same way he often creates his novels around some elements of historical fact.

John Robb  


is Reader in European Prehistory at the University of Cambridge. He has worked extensively in Central Mediterranean prehistory and archaeological theory and human skeletal studies, and is the author of The Early Mediterranean Village (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He edits the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and is currently researching prehistoric art in Europe.

JR Randisi  


is otherwise known as Robert J. Randisi, an American author who writes in the detective and Western genres. He has authored more than 500 published books and has edited more than 30 anthologies of short stories. Booklist magazine said he "may be the last of the pulp writers." He co-founded and edited Mystery Scene magazine and co-founded the American Crime Writers League. He founded The Private Eye Writers of America in 1981, where he created the Shamus Award. To date he has written almost 400 books in The Gunsmith series.



is the pen name for Charles T. Whipple, an international prize-winning author. Whipple was born and reared in Arizona's White Mountain country only 19 miles from Fort Apache. Raised on a ranch, Chuck brings his own experience into play when writing about the hardy people of 19th Century Arizona. Although he currently lives in Japan, he maintains close ties with the West through family, relatives, former schoolmates, and readers of his western fiction. Whipple belongs to Western Fictioneers, Western Writers of America, Arizona Authors Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Tauranga Writers Inc.

alfred Wallon  


grew up with western novels and decided in 1980 to write one of his own, Showdown in Abilene. Influenced by the TV series High Chaparral, this was to become the first book in his epic ranch western series, RIO CONCHO. Over the last 30 years Alfred, who is also a member of the Western Writers of America, has written 30 novels in this series. "More than thirty years after I started writing westerns, one of my dreams has finally come true," says Alfred. "Thanks to Piccadilly Publishing, I finally get the opportunity to see English-language editions of my books being offered to western readers worldwide."

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