Halifax, Clifford

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Pseudonym of UK physician and author Edgar Beaumont (1860-1921) used (it seems exclusively) for his collaborations with L T Meade, beginning with This Troublesome World (1893 3vols), both anonymous, about a doctor who uses psychotropic Drugs to gain his will; and on various stories published in the Strand Magazine in the course of which mysteries – occult or sf in nature – are solved through ultimately debunking exercises in detection. The Stories from the Diary of a Doctor [see Checklist] incorporate some marginal sf elements. Those in which an sf element survives more clearly, usually in the form of some medical innovation or through evoking a diffuse Paranoia about the health of the British Empire, are included in The Sanctuary Club (coll 1899) with L T Meade, a series of Club Stories that includes at least one Invention tale involving an evil doctor, and A Race with the Sun (coll 1901) with L T Meade, narrated by a scientific detective. [JC]

Dr Edgar Beaumont

born Huddersfield, Yorkshire: 1860

died London: November 1921

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