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Channing, Mark

Entry updated 6 February 2023. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of Leopold Aloysius M Jones (1879-1943), UK soldier who spent twenty years in India in that capacity, and author most active in the 1930s. His only subject – including at least one study of Indian philosophy – is India and Tibet, and includes at least one non-fantastic novel, The Sacred Falls: A Novel of India (1939). He is of sf interest for his Colin Gray sequence – comprising King Cobra (1933), White Python: Adventure and Mystery in Tibet (1934), The Poisoned Mountain (1935) and Nine Lives (1937) – about a secret service agent most of whose adventures involve Lost Worlds and other like mysteries. In King Cobra, the descendants of Prester John are discovered Underground in Tibet, with White Python: Adventure and Mystery in Tibet following immediately with even darker revelations; in The Poisoned Mountain, Gray must defend India against an exhalation of Poison gas from a volcano; and Nine Lives featuring an instantaneous lama (see Teleportation) and an Egyptian Cat goddess and a claimant to the throne of Genghis Khan – climaxes the series on the northern frontier. [JC]

Leopold Aloysius Matthew Jones

born London: 30 March 1879

died Amersham, Buckinghamshire: 19 December 1943



Colin Gray


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