(1904-1983) UK writer, most of whose works were in the crime and historical genres, some of the latter being Supernatural Fiction with Horror ingredients: Haunted Dwellings, family Curses and Exorcisms figure in tales like Afternoon of an Autocrat (1956; vt The Deadly Gift 1976 US), The Devil's Own (1960 US as by Peter Curtis; vt The Witches 1966 UK as NL; vt The Little Wax Doll 1970 US) – whose protagonist finds a Witch-cult in rural England – Is There Anybody There? (1974; vt Hauntings: Is There Anybody There? 1975 US) and the Gad's Hall sequence – Gad's Hall (1977) and Haunted House (1978; vt The Haunting of Gad's Hall 1979), assembled as Gad's Hall and The Haunting of Gad's Hall (omni 1979) – which concerns the eponymous Bad Place. [JC]
other works: The Claw (1981); The Old Priory (1981).
Norah Ethel Robinson Lofts