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Sydney Horler


UK flag (b.1888)

aka Peter Cavendish

Born in Leytonstone, Essex, Sydney Horler was educated at Redcliffe and Colston Schools in Bristol.

His family wanted him to become a teacher and, very briefly until a fall out with his headmaster, he did fulfil their wishes. But, at age 17, he became a reporter with the Western Daily Press in Bristol, a job he retained until 1911. He left in that year to become a special writer on the staff of Edward Hulton & Co in Manchester.

He later moved to London to work for the Daily Mail and Daily Citizen and he also worked in the Propaganda Section of Air Intelligence towards the end of World War I. When the war ended he joined the editorial staff of George Newnes as a sub-editor on John o' London's weekly. He left the job in 1919. It was while at Newnes that his first novel was published by that firm, 'Standish of the Rangeland' (1916).

It was then that he decided that he would write fiction on a full-time basis, having contributed short stories for several boys' weeklies previously. His work appears in such as Chums, Boys' Pictorial, Boys' Friend Weekly and Boys' Realm. He also wrote for Hendersons, earning 10 shillings per 1000 words, writing for Penny Comic, Merry Moments and Tubby Haigs.
 
Series
Dr. Paul Vivanti
1. The Mystery of No. 1 (1925)
     aka The Order of the Octopus
2. Vivanti (1927)
3. The Worst Man in the World (1929)
4. Vivanti Returns (1931)
5. Lord of Terror (1935)
6. Virus X (1945)
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Baron Veseloffsky
1. False-face (1926)
2. Miss Mystery (1928)
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Sir Harker Bellamy
1. The Curse of Doone (1928)
2. My Lady Dangerous (1932)
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Sir William Kirby
1. The Lessing Murder Case (1935)
 
Sir Charles Knightley
1. Death At Court Lady (1936)
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Chief Constable George Meatyard
1. Here Is an S.O.S (1939)
2. The Man Who Loved Spiders (1948)
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Justin March (The 'Ace')
1. Enter The Ace (1941)
2. Hell's Brew (1952)
3. The Dark Night (1953)
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Novels
Standish of the Rangeland (1916)
The Breed of the Beverleys (1920)
Goal! (1920)
The Legend of the League (1922)
Love, the Sportsman (1923)
McPhee (1923)
     aka The Great Game
The Ball of Fortune (1925)
School! School! (1925)
The House of Secrets (1926)
The Man Who Saved the Club (1926)
On the Ball! (1926)
The Black Heart (1927)
That Fellow Hagan! (1927)
The 13th Hour (1928)
Heart Cut Diamond (1929)
Lady Of The Night (1929)
Checkmate (1930)
Danger's Bright Eyes (1930)
The Evil Chateau (1930)
The Exploits of Peter (1930)
A Pro's Romance (1930)
Adventure Calling! (1931)
Cavalier Of Chance (1931)
     aka Peril!
The False Purple (1931)
     aka Princess After Dark
Midnight Love (1931)
The Temptation of Mary Gordon (1931)
Wolves of the Night (1931)
Gentleman-in-waiting (1932)
The Formula (1933)
     aka The Charlatan
Harlequin of Death (1933)
Huntress Of Death (1933)
The Man Who Shook The Earth (1933)
The Menace (1933)
The Man From Scotland Yard (1934)
S.O.S (1934)
Song of the Scrum (1934)
The Vampire (1935)
The Traitor (1936)
The Hidden Hand (1937)
Instruments of Darkness (1937)
Dark Journey (1938)
A Gentleman for the Gallows (1938)
Knaves & Co (1938)
The Phantom Forward (1939)
Terror On Tip-toe (1939)
Girl Trouble (1940)
Haloes for Hire (1940)
Dr. Cupid (1941)
The Man Who Died Twice (1941)
The Man Who Stayed To Supper (1941)
Danger Preferred (1942)
The Man in White (1942)
The Night of Reckoning (1942)
Now Let Us Hate (1942)
High Hazard (1943)
The Hostage (1943)
The Man Who Mislaid the War (1943)
The Man Who Preferred Cocktails (1943)
Murder Is So Simple (1943)
Springtime Comes to William (1943)
The Man with Dry Hands (1944)
Sinister Street (1944)
A Bullet for the Countess (1945)
Marry the Girl (1945)
Murder for Sale (1945)
Terror Comes to Twelvetrees (1945)
High Pressure (1946)
Oh, Professor! (1946)
The Corridors of Fear (1947)
The House of the Uneasy Dead (1947)
The Man with Three Wives (1947)
The House With The Light (1948)
Man Alive (1948)
The Man Who Did Not Hang (1948)
The Beacon Light (1949)
A Man of Affairs (1949)
Whilst the Crowd Roared (1949)
The Blanco Case (1950)
The High Game (1950)
Nap On Nighthawk (1950)
Wedding Bells (1950)
The Devil Comes to Bolobyn (1951)
The Man of Evil (1951)
The Mystery of Mr X (1951)
These Men and Women (1951)
The Web (1951)
The Face Of Stone (1952)
The Mocking Face of Murder (1952)
The Cage (1953)
Death of a Spy (1953)
The Secret Hand (1954)
The Dark Hostess (1955)
The Man in the Hood (1955)
The Man in the Shadows (1955)
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Omnibus
 
Collections
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Anthologies containing stories by Sydney Horler
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Short stories
The Believer
The Mystery Mission [short story]
The Bloodsucker of Portland Place (1935)