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Martyn, Wyndham

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Pseudonym of UK author William Henry Martin Hosken (1874-1963), in the US from 20 July 1904, having travelled as Wyndham Martyn, just before he began publishing fiction in American magazines, sometimes also as W H G Wyndham Martin, Croydon Heath, or William Grenvil. He seems to have written (and may have lived as) Wyndham Martyn from an early date; and although the record of his death gives Grenvil W Martyn, there is no evidence he ever legally changed his birth name. He was the first cousin of Clifford James Wheeler Hosken, who wrote mostly as by Richard Keverne. His first fiction of genre interest may be "Fairies and Babies" in Pearson's Magazine for April 1906 as by W H G Wyndham Martyn. Nightmare Castle (1935) is a supernatural tale. Most of Martyn's thrillers involve secret agents, without fantastic content; the Anthony Trent sequence features a criminal who solves nonfantastic mysteries the police cannot, though Stones of Enchantment (1948) details the discovery of a Lost Race possessing the secret of longevity (see Immortality). [JE/SH/JC]

William Henry Martin Hosken

born Norwich, Norfolk: 6 July 1874

died Santa Monica, California: 14 March 1963

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