HORLER, Sydney


HORLER, Sydney
(1888-1954)
   UK writer, most of whose 150 novels are thrillers, some importing sf devices in the form of fantastic inventions and/or MCGUFFINS. Some of the Paul Vivanti sequence - specifically The Mystery of No. 1(1925; vt The Order of the Octopus 1926 US), The Screaming Skull, and Other Stories (coll 1930; cut c1945), The Worst Man in the World (1930), Lord of Terror (1935) and Virus X (1945) - are of interest in their admixture of occult and fragmentary superscience elements, with DEATH RAYS making an appearance or two. The title story in The Man who Shook the Earth (coll 1933) features an attempt to blackmail the world by aSCIENTIST who has discovered the secret of atomic energy.
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   Other works: The Formula: A Novel of Harley Street (1933; vt The Charlatan 1934 US); The Vampire (1935); The Evil Messenger (1938); The House with the Light (1948); The House of the Uneasy Dead (1950); The Face of Stone (1952).

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