(1876–1923) married——. Son of a Church of England clergyman, he was educated at Denstone and at Oxford University, before joining the literary staff of the Saturday Review in 1897. He worked on other literary magazines and the Daily Mail before becoming a full-time writer of fiction, both under his own name and as ‘Guy Thorne’. He was a prolific author of horror and mystery novels which sometimes have a redeeming bizarreness. The Terror by Night (1912) is a noiseless, anarchist motor car equipped with a pneumatic gun which is to be aimed at the House of Commons. When Satan Ruled (1914) is a sensational historical romance set in the days of Pope Paul III and Benvenuto Cellini, with a background of Satanism and Black Masses. He told the Bookman (Nov. 1911) that he had based The Drunkard (1912) ‘largely on the actual notes of a brilliant man of letters now deceased’. Much his best-known book, however, is When It Was Dark, which, his obituary in the Times (10 Jan. 1923) notes, ‘formed the subject of sermons by popular preachers, headed by the Bishop of London, and … had a sale of over half a million copies’.
From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.