Pseudonym of UK author Herman Cyril McNeile (1888-1937), who wrote many thrillers and stories of World War One. Initially writing as H C McNeile (the byline used for US editions of all his short stories), "Sapper" became famous for the creation in Bull-Dog Drummond: The Adventures of a Demobilized Officer Who Found Peace Dull (1920) of Bull-Dog Drummond, a thuggish antisemitic crime-fighting gentleman vigilante, some of whose adventures – like The Final Count (1926), a tale set in the very Near Future (1927), and involving the use of a secret Weapon in the form of a devastating contact Poison – contain strong sf elements. The Checklist below lists only the first four Drummond adventures linked by the recurring Villain Carl Peterson.
The Island of Terror (1931; vt Guardians of the Treasure 1931 as Herman Cyril McNeile), which features a race of ape-men (see Apes as Human), is Lost-Race sf. The Club Stories told in The Dinner Club (coll 1923) include a borderline-fantastic tale of trained, murderous giant spiders "about the size of a big kitten". [JC/DRL]
Herman Cyril McNeile
born Bodmin, Cornwall: 28 September 1888
died Pulborough, Sussex: 14 August 1937
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