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Anthony Masters


UK flag (1940 - 2003)

aka Maria Palmer, Richard Tate

Anthony Richard Masters, writer: born Esher, Surrey 14 December 1940; married 1964 Robina Farbrother (two sons, one daughter); died Hastings, East Sussex 4 April 2003

Anthony Masters was a writer, educator and humanitarian of exceptional gifts and prodigious energy. He was, in the parlance of his spiritual ancestors, the ancient mariners, that rare voyager "as gracious as a trade wind and as dependable as an anchor".

Masters embarked on his eventful and versatile career when still a teenager. Having organised a rebellion in his public school, King's College, Wimbledon, against the obligatory investment in its antiquated uniform, he found himself promptly expelled and in need of earning a living.

So he became the writer he had always wanted to be and published, in 1964, aged 23, A Pocketful of Rye, a collection of short stories of exquisite imaginative range and freshness of style which was runner-up for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. Masters won the prize two years later with his second book, the novel The Seahorse. Thereafter, he tested his considerable literary muscles by writing both fiction and non-fiction.
 

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Thriller
 
Series
Horrorscopes
   4. Pisces (1995)
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Roadkill
   1. The Beginning (1995)
   2. The Alliance (1995)
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Graffix
   Biker (1997)
   The Haunted Surfboard (1999)
   The Horror of the Heights (2000)
   Ravens' Revenge (2001)
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Comix
   Hot Air (2002)
   Freddy's Fox (2002)
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Danger Zone
   Extreme Survival (2010)
   Held to Ransom (2010)
   Ocean Tomb (2010)
   Enemy Fire - Danger Zone (2010)
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Novels
   Conquering Heroes (1969)
   The Donor (1970) (as by Richard Tate)
   The Dead Travel Fast (1971) (as by Richard Tate)
   The Emperor On Ice (1973) (as by Richard Tate)
   Birds of A Bloodied Feather (1974) (as by Richard Tate)
   Red Ice (1986) (with Nicholas Baker)
   African Queen (1990)
   Shellshock (1990)
   Klondyker (1991)
   Traffic (1991)
   The Confessional (1993)
   Raven (1993)
   Hidden Gods (1995)
   Deadly Games (1996)
   I Want Him Dead (1996)
   Bypass (1996)
   Enemy Fire (1997)
   Kidnap (1997)
   Rescue (1997)
   The Men (1997)
   Dark Tower (1998)
   The Day of the Dead (1998)
   Tod in Biker City (1999)
   The Good and Faithful Servant (1999)
   The Curse of the Frozen Loch (1999)
   Stalker (1999)
   Bully! (2000)
   Finding Joe (2000)
   Macbeth (2000)
   Bicycle Blues (2000)
   The Drop (2000)
   Shock Waves (2000)
   Hamlet (2000)
   Terror at Sea (2000)
   Daring Escapes (2001)
   Mountain Horror (2001)
   Lifers (2001)
   Welcome Stranger (2002)
   Web of Terror (2004)
   The Desert Pirates (2007)
   Murder is a Long Time Coming (2012)
   The Seahorse (2013)
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Collections
   Haunting Christmas Tales (1991) (with others)
   Greek Myths and Legends (1999)
     aka Myths and Legends
   Ghost Stories To Tell In The Dark (2011)
   Scary Tales To Tell In The Dark (2011)
   Horror Stories to Tell in the Dark (2013)
   Werewolf Stories to Tell in the Dark (2013)
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Chapbooks
   Ricky's Rat Gang (2002)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Ghost Blades (2013)
   A Pocketful of Rye (2013)
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Anthologies edited
   Heroic Stories (1994)
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Non fiction
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Series contributed to
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