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de Vere, Howard

Entry updated 1 April 2024. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of US author William Howard Van Orden (?1816-?1894), active in the later nineteenth century as an author of tales for Boys' Papers. Three titles have been discovered to be of sf interest: The Demon of the Deep; Or, Above and Beneath the Waves (1876 The Boys of New York; 1893 chap), an Under the Sea adventure for boys with Inventions galore, including a submarine operated by electricity, and a volcanic island which causes the magnetic pole to judder (see Magnetism); The Sea Fiends; Or, Under the Ocean (magazine publication not established but almost certain; 1896 chap), an Under the Sea Lost Race tale featuring a non-human civilization in the depths of the ocean, and many Inventions; and A Trip to the Center of the Earth (8 June-5 August 1878 New York Boys' Weekly; 1894 chap), also a Lost Race tale, though this time the venue is Underground, and the inhabitants are relatively harmless soil eaters (there is also a beautiful daughter). The author was also a user of the House Name Allyn Draper (which see). [JC]

William Howard Van Orden

born ?1816

died ?1894



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