John Glasby

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John Stephen Glasby (23 September 1928 – 5 June 2011)[1] was a prolific British author whose work spanned a range of popular genres. A professional research chemist and mathematician,[2] he produced over 300 novels and short stories during the 1950s and 1960s, most of which were published pseudonymously under the Badger Books imprint.[3]

Glasby's output can be summarised briefly as follows:

  • Approximately 25 speculative fiction novels, using pseudonyms such as "A. J. Merak" or "J. L. Powers" and the Badger house names "John E. Muller", "Karl Zeigfreid" and "Victor LaSalle".
  • More than 30 western novels using the house name "Chuck Adams", and ten as "Tex Bradley".
  • 34 hospital romance novels written as "D.K. Jennings".
  • Two crime novels and six desert adventure novels, all using the "A.J. Merak" pseudonym.
  • Six James Bond-style spy novels written as "Manning K. Robertson".
  • An unknown number (possibly as many as a hundred) War stories set during World War II and published under a huge range of pseudonyms.[3]


  2. Robert M. Price, "About The Brooding City", in The Antarktos Cycle, Chaosium, 2006, ISBN 1-56882-204-9, p. 523
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steve Holland, Badger Tracks: Exploring the publications of John Spencer & Co. Underworld Studios, Colchester 1997.

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