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Biss, Gerald

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(1876-1922) UK journalist with a particular interest in motoring, and prolific author of serial stories syndicated in many newspapers worldwide, five of which subsequently appeared as hardback thriller novels. In the Checklist below the earliest known serialization venues are given but may not be reliable. Biss's second novel The White Rose Mystery (serialized 1904 as "The White Rose"; 1907) is arguably sf, dealing as it does with a modern-day Jacobite rebellion backed by a foreign power and aimed at deposing Edward VII from the throne. The House of Terror (serialized 1906-1907 as "The Undying Dread"; 1909) has familiar Gothic elements (in the east wing of the sinister mansion lives a half-man half-creature known as "the Horror", etc); The Door of the Unreal (1919) is a supernatural yarn set in Surrey, where several motorists disappear and the CID investigation discloses Werewolf activity. [SH/DRL]

Edwin Gerald Jones Biss

born Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 1876

died London: 15 April 1922


  • The Dupe (London: Greening and Co, 1907) [serialized 1904 Falkirk Herald as "The Imposter": hb/]
  • The White Rose Mystery (London: Greening and Co, 1907) [serialized 1904 Falkirk Herald as "The White Rose": hb/]
  • Branded (London: Greening and Co, 1908) [serialized 1905 Peterhead Sentinel as "In the Shadow of the Scaffold"; also syndicated as "The Daughters of a Conflict" and "Who Killed Montagu Jerningham?": hb/]
  • The House of Terror (London: Greening and Co, 1909) [serialized 1906-1907 Grays & Tilbury Gazette as "The Undying Dread": hb/]
  • The Fated Five: The Tale of a Tontine (London: Greening and Co, 1910) [serialized 1907-1908 Lake's Falmouth Packet: hb/]
  • The Door of the Unreal (London: Eveleigh Nash Co, 1919) [hb/]


  • Motor Dicta (London: Greening and Co, 1909) [nonfiction: coll: hb/]


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