John Lymington


(John Newton Chance)
UK flag (1911 - 1983)

aka John Newton Chance, Jonathan Chance, John Drummond, David C Newton

John Lymington (1911-1983) was born John Newton Chance in London. He was a prolific writer of short stories, children's literature, mystery and science fiction novels. An obituary in Ansible Link credits Lymington with writing over 150 novels, 'including 20 SF potboilers', adding that he 'made a steady income by delivering thrillers to Robert Hale (the publisher) at a chapter a week'.

Lymington's first book, Wheels in the Forest, was written in 1935. He also wrote Night of the Big Heat in 1959. Several of his short stories were collected in The Night Spiders in 1964. Pseudonyms used by Lymington throughout his career included John Drummond, David C. Newton, Desmond Reid (see 'Sexton Blake') and Jonathan Chance. Brian Stableford suggested in the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature (pp. 208) that the name Lymington was chosen 'in a blatant attempt to cash in' on John Wyndham's popularity.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller
 
Novels
Death Stalks the Cobbled Square (1946) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Black Ghost (1947) (as by David C Newton)
The Dangerous Road (1948) (as by David C Newton)
The Night of the Full Moon (1950) (as by John Newton Chance)
Aunt Miranda's Murder (1951) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Twopenny Box (1952) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Man in My Shoes (1952) (as by John Newton Chance)
Screaming Fog (1952) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Randy Inheritance (1953) (as by John Newton Chance)
Up to Her Neck (1953) (as by John Newton Chance)
     aka The Jason Affair
Jason and the Sleep Game (1954) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Jason Murders (1954) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Case of the Two-Faced Swindler (1955) (as by John Drummond)
Jason Goes West (1955) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Teddy-Boy Mystery (1955) (as by John Drummond)
The Last Seven Hours (1956) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Shadow Called Janet (1956) (as by John Newton Chance)
Dead Man's Knock (1957) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Little Crime (1957) (as by John Newton Chance)
Affair with a Rich Girl (1958) (as by John Newton Chance)
Man with Three Witches (1958) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Fatal Fascination (1959) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Man with No Face (1959) (as by John Newton Chance)
Night of the Big Heat (1959)
Yellow Belly (1959) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Giant Stumbles (1960)
The Grey Ones (1960)
The Coming of Strangers (1961)
Import of Evil (1961) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Night of the Settlement (1961) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Sword Above the Night (1962)
Triangle of Fear (1962) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Forest Affair (1963) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Man Behind Me (1963) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Screaming Face (1963)
The Sleep Eaters (1963)
Commission for Disaster (1964) (as by John Newton Chance)
Death Under Desolate (1964) (as by John Newton Chance)
Froomb! (1964)
The Green Drift (1965)
The Star Witches (1965)
Stormlight (1965) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Affair At Dead End (1966) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Double Death (1966) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Case of the Death Computer (1967) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Case of the Fear Makers (1967) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Death Women (1967) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Hurricane Drift (1967) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Mask of Pursuit (1967) (as by John Newton Chance)
Ten Million Years to Friday (1967)
The Thug Executive (1967) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Waking of the Stone (1967)
Dead Men's Shoes (1968) (as by John Newton Chance)
Death of the Wild Bird (1968) (as by John Newton Chance)
Fate of the Lying Jade (1968) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Halloween Murders (1968) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Light Benders (1968) (as by Jonathan Chance)
Mantrap (1968) (as by John Newton Chance)
Rogue Aunt (1968) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Abel Coincidence (1969) (as by John Newton Chance)
Give Daddy the Knife, Darling (1969)
Ice Maidens (1969) (as by John Newton Chance)
Involvement in Austria (1969) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Killer Reaction (1969) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Killing Experiment (1969) (as by John Newton Chance)
The nowhere place (1969)
The Three Masks of Death (1970) (as by John Newton Chance)
Mirror Train (1970) (as by John Newton Chance)
Mists of Treason (1970) (as by John Newton Chance)
Ring of Liars (1970) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Wreath of Bones (1971) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Cat Watchers (1971) (as by John Newton Chance)
Faces of a Bad Girl (1971) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Man with Two Heads (1972) (as by John Newton Chance)
Last Train to Limbo (1972) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Dead Tale-tellers (1972) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Bad Dream of Death (1972) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Year Dot (1972)
Farm Villains (1973) (as by John Newton Chance)
Grab Operators (1973) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Love-Hate Relation (1973) (as by John Newton Chance)
Starfish Affair (1974) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Hole in the World (1974)
Girl in the Crime Belt (1974) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Canterbury Killgrims (1974) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Shadow of the Killer (1975) (as by John Newton Chance)
Hill Fog (1975) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Spider in the Bath (1975)
The Monstrous Regiment (1975) (as by John Newton Chance)
Devil's Edge (1975) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Murder Makers (1976) (as by John Newton Chance)
Return to Death Alley (1976) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Fall-Out of Thieves (1976) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Laxham Haunting (1976)
House of the Dead Ones (1977) (as by John Newton Chance)
Frightened Fisherman (1977) (as by John Newton Chance)
Starseed on Eye Moor (1977)
Motive for a Kill (1977) (as by John Newton Chance)
Ducrow Folly (1978) (as by John Newton Chance)
End of an Iron Man (1978) (as by John Newton Chance)
Drop of Hot Gold (1979) (as by John Newton Chance)
Thieves' Kitchen (1979) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Caller from Overspace (1979)
The Guilty Witnesses (1979) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Place Called Skull (1980) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Death Watch Ladies (1980) (as by John Newton Chance)
Voyage of the Eighth Mind (1980)
The Mayhem Madchen (1980) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Black Widow (1981) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Death Importer (1981) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Power Ball (1981)
The Mystery of Enda Favell (1981) (as by John Newton Chance)
Madman's Will (1982) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Terror Version (1982)
Hunting of Mr. Exe (1982) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Shadow in Pursuit (1982) (as by John Newton Chance)
Traditional Murders (1983) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Death Chemist (1983) (as by John Newton Chance)
Terror Train (1983) (as by John Newton Chance)
Looking for Sampson (1984) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Vale of Sad Banana (1984)
Nobody's Supposed to Murder the Butler (1984) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Bad Circle (1985) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Time Bomb (1985) (as by John Newton Chance)
Woman Hater (1986) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Psychic Trap (1986) (as by John Newton Chance)
Spy on Spider (1987) (as by John Newton Chance)
Hit Man (1987) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Hiller Weapon (1987) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Smiling Cadaver (1987) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Reluctant Agent (1988) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Shadow Before (1988) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Offshore Conspiracy (1988) (as by John Newton Chance)
The Man On the Cliff (1988) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Confusion of Eyes (1989) (as by John Newton Chance)
Running of the Spies (1989) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Tale of Tangled Ladies (1989) (as by John Newton Chance)
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Collections
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Anthologies edited
Collateral Damage (2017) (with Michael David Anderson, Steve Beaulieu, J D Brink, Jeremy Flagg, Jon Frater, Michelle Garza, Ed Gosney, Chris Kallias, Christian Kallias, Melissa Lason, A J McWain, Scott Moon, David Neth and Will Swardstrom)
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Non fiction
The Crimes At Rillington Place (1961) (as by John Newton Chance)
A Fine and Private Place (1977) (with Joan Bakewell (as by John Drummond) )
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