Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Conway, Hugh

Pseudonym of UK writer Frederick John Fargus (1847-1885), who wrote poems and music-hall songs before he became established as a writer of ingenious melodramas with Called Back (1883 Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual; 1884), a murder mystery in which a blind man, Vaughan, is witness to the crime. After his sight is restored Vaughan marries a girl who was also a witness to the crime but has lost all memory. Vaughan is able to psychically communicate (see Talents) with his wife by touching hands, and he can see the murder through her eyes, thus solving the case. The book was a bestseller. In a tragically short writing career before his death from tuberculosis, HC wrote 10 books. Bound Together (coll 1884; cut vt The Secret of the Stradivarius 1924 chap) contains a number of atmospheric Ghost Stories. [MA]

Frederick John Fargus


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