McNeilly, Wilfred Glassford

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(1921-1983) Scottish author of numerous novels and stories under a variety of names as well as several 1960s nonfantastic titles under his own name; there has not yet been established a reliable list of titles by McNeilly under various pseudonyms and House Names. He achieved some minor notoriety when he claimed in print to have written all the work published under the byline W Howard Baker – actually McNeilly's editor on stories written for the Sexton Blake Library and for Press Editorial Syndicate – and various other Baker pseudonyms, a claim since disproved. McNeilly did write (as Errol Lecale) the Specialist series: Tigerman of Terrahpur (1973), Castledoom (1974), The Severed Hand (1974), The Death Box (1974), Zombie (1975) and Blood of My Blood (1975). As Peter Saxon, another House Name, he co-wrote with Baker two tales in the Guardians sequence: Dark Ways to Death (1968) and The Haunting of Alan Mais (1969), the first of these being based on McNeilly's solo Sexton Blake Library title Come Dark, Come Evil (1962). Non-series collaborations with Baker include The Darkest Night (1966) and The Torturer (1966). Solo titles as Saxon include Satan's Child (1967) and Corruption (dated 1968 but 1969). a Tie to the film. McNeilly is also credited with Drums of the Dark Gods: A Black Magic Novel of Terror (1966) as by W A Ballinger; two Sexton Blake titles of sf interest, Let My People Be (1965) as by Desmond Reid – which treats the Irish "Little People" as a Lost Race – and The Case of the Muckrakers (1966); and Alpha-Omega (1977) as by Wilfred Glassford. [SH/JC/DR]

Wilfred Glassford McNeilly

born Georgetown, Strathclyde, Scotland: 8 March 1921

died Bexleyheath, Kent: 5 May 1983

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Sexton Blake

Guardians

Specialist

  • Tigerman of Terrahpur (London: New English Library, 1973) as by Errol Lecale [Specialist: pb/]
  • Castledoom (London: New English Library, 1974) as by Errol Lecale [Specialist: pb/]
  • The Severed Hand (London: New English Library, 1974) as by Errol Lecale [Specialist: pb/]
  • The Death Box (London: New English Library, 1974) as by Errol Lecale [Specialist: pb/]
  • Zombie (London: New English Library, 1975) as by Errol Lecale [Specialist: pb/]
  • Blood of My Blood (London: New English Library, 1975) as by Errol Lecale [Specialist: pb/]

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