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Hunter, John

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1891-1961) UK author of a huge number of stories for the Boys' Papers and other markets from the early 1900s, under his own name and as by John Addiscombe, L H Brenning, Francis Brent, Stanton Doyle, Anthony Drummond, Peter Meriton and others, his total output being estimated as about 20,000,000 words. His sf work has not been fully identified. Typical early examples include two book-length serials: "The Lure of the Lost Land" (27 February-20 May 1922 Boys' Magazine), a Lost World tale set in South America; and "The Land of the Forgotten" (June-December 1925 The Crusoe Magazine), in which the remains of Atlantis are uncovered. The White Phantom (1934) introduces some Inventions – a supership run by pirates, and an "aerofoil" piloted by the young protagonists in their successful attempts to foil the pirates – into a Young Adult adventure tale of considerable efficiency. More than one book-length tale appeared in 1935 alone; he later wrote stories for the Sexton Blake universe, which edge toward (but do not quite reach) sf outcomes. The Iron Army (1936) as by John Addiscombe, in The Flag Library for Boys, features an army of giant Robots under the control of a Mad Scientist that devastates Europe. More sf under Hunter's own name and as by Addiscombe remains to be examined. [JC/MA]

Alfred John Hunter

born Greenwich, London: 5 December 1891

died Worthing, West Sussex: 22 August 1961


  • The White Phantom (London: Cassell and Company, 1934) [hb/A Mason Trotter]
  • The Iron Army (London: George Newnes, 1936) as by John Addiscombe [The Flag Library for Boys #10: pb/]


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