Brebner, Percy

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(1864-1922) UK author of romantic adventures, under his own name and as by Christian Lys. Early novels by Lys include The Hepsworth Millions (1898), whose hints at supernatural explanations hardly aspire to the Equipoisal, and two novels of greater interest. The Fortress of Yadasara: A Narrative Prepared from the Manuscript of Clinton Verrall, Esq. (1898 Household Words; 1899; vt The Knight of the Silver Star 1907 US as Percy Brebner) locates in the Caucasus a Lost World inhabited by a melee of medieval Europeans engaged in continuous dynastic affray; and The Mystery of Ladyplace (1900) features a criminal Scientist capable of transforming his minions' personality through Suspended Animation. Brebner's books under his own name – the Ruritanian Princess Maritza (1907) and The Ivory Disc (??-April 1920 The Modern Priscilla; 1920), a belated tale of mesmerism (see Hypnosis) with supernatural elements – are of less interest. [JC]

Percy James Brebner

born London: 24 March 1864

died 31 July 1922

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