(1877-1940) UK author of much boys' fiction, often as Lionel Day or Paul Urquhart, and thrillers, including some Sexton Blake Library novels, including The Strange Affair of the Rejuvenation Club (1928 chap) as Anonymous, in which the sf element turns out to be a criminous hoax; he also wrote occasionally as Ladbroke Lionel Day Black. He had begun publishing as early as 1902, though he put nothing of sf interest into book form until The Wager (1927), a marginal Ruritanian romance. The Buried World (1928) as by Lionel Day is a Lost-World juvenile; the head in The Gorgon's Head (1932) turns some feckless modern Britons to stone, but only for a while; and The Poison War (1933) is a Future War novel in which the UK is attacked by chemical Weapons. Black was not an innovative writer. [JC]
see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers.
Ladbroke Lionel Day Black
born Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire: 21 June 1877
died Preswood, Buckinghamshire: 27 July 1940
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