John Russell Fearn Bibliography Definition

John Russell Fearn
Born June 5, 1908, Worlsey, Lancashire, England
Died September 18, 1960, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Much has been written about this author who wrote much. I'll write much less. British author John Russell Fearn wrote hundreds of essays, stories, novels, and collections published between 1933 and 2013. You can read some of his titles on The Internet Speculative Fiction Database and the online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Fearn penned science fiction, mysteries, Westerns, and maybe romances, too. His pseudonyms number in the double digits: Vargo Statten, Volsted Gridban (also used by E.C. Tubb), Thornton Ayre, Polton Cross, Geoffrey Armstrong, Dennis Clive, John Cotton, Ephriam Winiki, Mark Denholm, Spike Gordon, Conrad G. Holt, Lawrence F. Rose, John Russell, and Earl Titan. Fearn also used the house names Astron Del Martia, "Griff," Paul Lorraine, and Brian Shaw. His many series included The Golden Amazon series, which was especially popular with women. The Toronto Star published Golden Amazon stories in its weekend magazine section for many years.

Fearn was born in and died in the United Kingdom. He produced fiction out of proportion to his fifty-two short years on earth.

For Weird Tales

"Portrait of a Murderer" (Dec. 1936)

The Golden Amazon in "The Amazon Strikes Again" from the Toronto Star, Saturday, February 21, 1948. This looks like it could be an advertisement for some kind of hair product. Instead, it's an illustration for the "Star Weekly Complete Novel," which was later printed in book form. With images like this appearing in newspapers and magazines, it's no wonder people saw flying saucers in the skies and encountered "Nordic" aliens when the things landed. The artist's signature is on the right, but I can't read it.
Here's a Harlequin paperback of The Deathless Amazon. It looks like the guy in the Star Trek-looking shirt could actually be enjoying the attention he's getting from the Golden Amazon. The cover art is by Paul Anna Soik (1919-1999), a prolific artist for Harlequin Books. 
John Russell Fearn is on the short list of science fiction authors who have had a magazine named for them, even if Vargo Statten is a pseudonym. This is a British magazine as you can see. That's a pretty cool spaceship. Unfortunately I don't know who drew it.

Text and captions copyright 2013 Terence E. Hanley

John (Francis) Russell Fearn (1908-1960) was a prolific English writer with numerous pseudonyms. He was one of the first British authors to write for the American pulps. He is best known for his science fiction but wrote also detective novels, westerns and adventure stories. The bibliography below contains only the crime novels listed by Allen J. Hubin in his Crime Fiction IV, A Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000 and those listed in Robert Adey's Locked Room Murders (1991, revised edition). Further information and bibliographies can be found at Wikipedia and Fantastic Fiction.




as John Russell Fearn

Murder’s a Must (1949)

Merridew Marches On (1951)



as Thornton Ayre

The Crimson Rambler (1947)


as Hugo Blayn

*features series character Dr. Hiram Carruthers

†features series characters Inspector Garth and Sgt. Whittaker

Except for One Thing (1947)

The Five Matchboxes (1948)†

Flashpoint (1950)*

What Happened to Hammond? (1951)*†

The Silvered Cage (1955)*†


as Conway Carr

The Rattenbury Mystery (1955)


as Gina Dewall

The Yellow Yasmak (1955)


as Volsted Gridban

Both feature series character Adam Quirke

The Master Must Die (1953)

The Lonely Astronomer (1954)


as Preston James

The Secret of the Vase (1955)


as Nat Karta

features Inspector Garth, Sgt Whittaker and Dr. Hiram Carruthers

Vision Sinister (1954)


as Edwin La Farge

Crime Passionel (1952)


as John Russell

Account Settled (1949)


as John Slate

all but Framed in Guilt feature series character Maria Black, M.A.

Black Maria, MA (1944)

Maria Marches On (1945)

One Remained Seated (1946)

Thy Arm Alone (1947)

Framed in Guilt (1948)

Death in Silhouette (1950)


as Elton Westward

The Lonely Road Murder (1954)

Murder Afoot (1954)

No Answer (1954)

Fourflusher (1955)



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