Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Bedford-Jones, H

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(1887-1949) Canadian-born US writer who from 1908 produced over 1000 stories for the US pulp Magazines under his own name and at least 19 pseudonyms, of which Michael Gallister, Allan Hawkwood and Gordon Keyne were the most prolific and most associated with Fantasy. HB-J's stories were mainly historical adventure and Westerns, his best-known series in book form featuring John Solomon, a Bulldog Drummond-style Cockney crimefighter whose adventures occasionally drift into the fantastic, usually involving lost worlds and ancient, quasi-magical artefacts. The best in this vein was The Seal of John Solomon (1915 Argosy; 1924 UK as Allan Hawkwood). Other Lost-Race works include "Khmer the Mysterious" (1919 People's Magazine as Allan Hawkwood) and "The Golden Woman of Khmer" (1919 People's Magazine as Allan Hawkwood), "The Brazen Peacock" (1920 Blue Book), and The Temple of the Ten (1921 Adventure; 1973) with W C Robertson.

Of his many magazine series, Trumpets from Oblivion (1938-1939 Blue Book) uses the sf device of time-viewing to explore ancient Legends including those concerning the Amazons, Unicorns, Werewolves and Prester John; HB-J re-employed this gimmick in his Counterclockwise series (1943-1944 Blue Book), which is of less fantasy interest. Other series of note include The Adventures of a Professional Corpse (1940-1941 WT), about a man who could feign death, and The Sphinx Emerald (1946-1947 Blue Book), about an accursed jewel. HB-J produced many singleton stories for the pulps, the best appearing in Blue Book; of these, "From Out the Dark Water" (1940 Blue Book as Michael Gallister) involves leprechauns repelling a Nazi invasion. [MA]

other works: The Star Woman (1924); The Wizard of the Atlas (1928 UK as Allan Hawkwood). The other John Solomon stories in book form, all as by Hawkwood but not all fantastic, are Solomon's Quest (1915 People's Magazine; 1924 UK), John Solomon, Supercargo (1914 Argosy; 1924 UK), Solomon's Carpet (1915 People's Magazine; 1925 UK), John Solomon, Incognito (1921 People's Magazine; 1925 UK), Gentleman Solomon (1915 People's Magazine; 1925 UK) and The Shawl of Solomon (1917 People's Magazine; 1925 UK).

Henry James O'Brien Bedford-Jones


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.