E. C. Vivian

Evelyn Charles Henry Vivian (19 October 1882 – 21 May 1947) was the pseudonym of Charles Henry Cannell, a British editor and writer of fantasy and supernatural, detective novels and stories.

E. C. Vivian
Pen nameJack Mann, Charles Henry Cannell, A.K. Walton, Sydney Bingdom
GenreFantasy, Supernatural, Detective


Prior to becoming a writer, Cannell was a former soldier in the Boer War and journalist for The Daily Telegraph. Cannell began writing novels under the pen-name "E. Charles Vivian" in 1907. Cannell started writing fantastic stories for the arts magazine Colour and the aviation journal Flying (which Cannell edited after leaving the Telegraph) in 1917–18, sometimes publishing them under the pseudonym "A.K. Walton".[1] Vivian is best known for his Lost World fantasy novels such as City of Wonder [2] and his series of novels featuring supernatural detective Gregory George Gordon Green or "Gees" which he wrote under his "Jack Mann" pseudonym. Vivian also wrote several science-fiction stories, including the novel Star Dust about a scientist who can create gold.[3] Critic Jack Adrian has praised Cannell's lost-world stories as "bursting with ideas and colour and pace", and "superb examples of a fascinating breed".[1] Influences on Vivian's work included Rider Haggard, H.G. Wells, Arthur Machen and the American novelist Arthur O. Friel.[1] Vivian also published fiction under several other pseudonyms, including Westerns as "Barry Lynd". Adrian has noted that some of the pseudonyms Cannell used "will never now be identified".[1] For younger readers, Vivian wrote Robin Hood and his Merry Men, a retelling of the Robin Hood legend.

Vivian also edited three British pulp magazines. From 1918 to 1922 Vivian edited The Novel Magazine, and later, for the publisher Walter Hutchinson (1887–1950), Hutchinson's Adventure-Story Magazine (which serialised three of Vivian's novels) and Hutchinson's Mystery-Story Magazine.[4] In addition to UK writers, Vivian often reprinted fiction from American pulp magazines such as Adventure and Weird Tales in the Hutchinson publications.[1]

Outside the field of fiction, Vivian was noted for the non-fiction book, A History of Aeronautics.[1]

Some of the popular errors about his life are now corrected in the first and only full-length biography, The Shadow of Mr Vivian: The Life of E. Charles Vivian (1882-1947) by Peter Berresford Ellis, PS Publishing Ltd, Hornsea, UK, 2014.


A. Merrit's Fantasy Magazine April 1950
The Ninth Life, under the "Jack Mann" byline, was reprinted in the April 1950 issue of A. Merritt's Fantasy Magazine
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Another "Jack Mann" novel, Her Ways Are Death, was reprinted in the June 1952 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Gees Series

  1. Gees First Case (1936)
  2. Grey Shapes (1937)
  3. Nightmare Farm (1937)
  4. The Kleinart Case (1938)
  5. Maker of Shadows (1938)
  6. The Ninth Life (1939)
  7. The Glass Too Many (1940)
  8. Her Ways Are Death (1940)

Rex Coulson

  1. Coulson Goes South (1933)
  2. Reckless Coulson (1933)
  3. Dead Man's Chest (1934)
  4. Egyptian Nights (1934)
  5. Coulson Alone (1936)
  6. Detective Coulson (1936)

Fields of Sleep

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Fields of Sleep was reprinted in the August 1949 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries, under the title "The Valley of Silent Men"
  1. Fields of Sleep (Fantasy, 1923)
  2. People of the Darkness (Fantasy, 1924)

Terence Byrne

  1. Girl in the Dark (1933)
  2. The Man With the Scar (1940)
  3. Vain Escape (1952)

Jerry Head

  1. Accessory After (1934)
  2. Shadow on the House (1934)
  3. Seventeen Cards (1935)
  4. Cigar for Inspector Head (1935)
  5. Who Killed Gatton? (1936)
  6. With Intent to Kill (1936)
  7. 38 Automatic (1937)
  8. Tramp's Evidence/The Barking Dog Murder Case (1937)
  9. Evidence in Blue/The Man in Grey (1938)
  10. The Rainbow Puzzle (1938)
  11. Problem by Rail (1939)
  12. Touch and Go (1939)

Robin Hood

  1. Adventures of Robin Hood (1906)
  2. Robin Hood and His Merry Men (1927)


  • The Shadow of Christine (1907)
  • The Woman Tempted Me (1909)
  • Wandering of Desire (1910)
  • Following Feet (1911)
  • Passion-Fruit (1912)
  • Divided Ways (1914)
  • The Young Man Absalom (1915)
  • The Yellow Streak: A story of the South African veld (1921)
  • City of Wonder (Fantasy, 1922)
  • Broken Couplings (1923)
  • The Guarded Woman (1923)
  • A Scout of the '45 (Historical Novel, 1923)
  • Barker's Drift (1924)
  • The Lady of the Terraces (Fantasy, 1925)
  • Ash (1925)
  • Star Dust (1925)
  • A King There Was (Fantasy, 1926)
  • The Passionless Quest (1926)
  • The Forbidden Door (Fantasy, 1927)
  • Shooting Stars (Film Adaptation, 1928)
  • Man Alone (1928)
  • Nine Days (1928)
  • The Moon and Chelsea (1928)
  • The Tale of Fleur (Fantasy, 1929)
  • Woman Dominant (Fantasy, 1930)
  • Guardian of the Cup (1930)
  • One Tropic Night (1930)
  • Double or Quit (1930)
  • Delicate Fiend (1930)
  • Unwashed Gods (1931)
  • Innocent Guilt (1931)
  • And the Devil (1931)
  • Infamous Fame (1932)
  • False Truth (1932)
  • Ladies in the Case (1933)
  • The Keys of the Flat (1933)
  • Jewels Go Back (1934)
  • The Capsule Mystery (1935)
  • The Black Prince (Historical, 1936)
  • The Impossible Crime (1940)
  • And Then There Was One (1941)
  • Curses Come Home (1942)
  • Dangerous Guide (1943)
  • Samson (1944)
  • She Who Will Not- (1945)
  • Other Gods (1945)
  • Arrested (1949)


(as Barry Lynd)

  • Dude Ranch (1938)
  • Trailed Down (1938)
  • Riders to Bald Butte (1939)
  • Ghost Canyon (1939)
  • The Ten-Buck Trail (1941)
  • George on the Trail (1942)


  • The British Army from Within (c. 1914)
  • Peru (1914)
  • With the Scottish Regiments at the Front (1916)
  • A History of Aeronautics (1921)


  1. ^ a b c d e f St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, p. 577-80.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 988.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, pp. 1286–87
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Fantasy, pp. 448–49.


  • Jack Adrian,"Vivian, E(velyn) C(harles)", in the St. James Guide To Fantasy Writers, edited by David Pringle. St. James Press, 1996,pp. 577–80.
  • Ashley, Mike (1977). Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction. New York: Taplinger. p. 176. ISBN 0-8008-8278-4.
  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 275. OCLC 1113926.
  • Clute, John; John Grant (1997). The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 988. ISBN 0-88184-708-9.
  • John Clute; Peter Nicholls. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-13486-X.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1978). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 439. ISBN 0-911682-22-8.

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1923 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1923.

For works published in the United States, this year is also significant because from January 1, 2019, these were the first in 20 years to enter the public domain. They were originally to do so in 1999, but the U.S. Congress extended the length of copyright by twenty years.

1947 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1947.

2018 in public domain

When a work's copyright expires, it enters the public domain. The following is a list of works that enter the public domain in 2018. Since laws vary globally, the copyright status of some works are not uniform.

Appletons' travel guides

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Charles Vivian

Charles Vivian may refer to:

Charles Vivian, 2nd Baron Vivian (1808–1886), British peer and Whig politician

E. C. Vivian (1882–1947), British editor and writer

John Charles Vivian (1889–1964), American attorney, journalist and politician

Charles A. S. Vivian (1842-1880), English entertainer, founder of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

Donald M. Grant, Publisher

Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. is a fantasy and science fiction small press publisher in New Hampshire that was founded in 1964. It is notable for publishing fantasy and horror novels with lavish illustrations, most notably Stephen King's The Dark Tower series and the King/Peter Straub novel The Talisman.

Fields of Sleep

Fields of Sleep is a fantasy novel by British writer E. C. Vivian. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1923 by Hutchinson. In the United States, the novel first appeared in the magazine

Famous Fantastic Mysteries under the title The Valley of Silent Men. An edition with illustrations by Thomas Canty was published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in 1980. A sequel, People of the Darkness, appeared in 1924. An omnibus edition of the two volumes was published by Arno Press as Aia in 1978.

History of aviation

The history of aviation extends for more than two thousand years, from the earliest forms of aviation such as kites and attempts at tower jumping to supersonic and hypersonic flight by powered, heavier-than-air jets.

Kite flying in China dates back to several hundred years BC and slowly spread around the world. It is thought to be the earliest example of man-made flight.

Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century dream of flight found expression in several rational but unscientific designs, though he did not attempt to construct any of them.

The discovery of hydrogen gas in the 18th century led to the invention of the hydrogen balloon, at almost exactly the same time that the Montgolfier brothers rediscovered the hot-air balloon and began manned flights. Various theories in mechanics by physicists during the same period of time, notably fluid dynamics and Newton's laws of motion, led to the foundation of modern aerodynamics, most notably by Sir George Cayley.

Balloons, both free-flying and tethered, began to be used for military purposes from the end of the 18th century, with the French government establishing Balloon Companies during the Revolution.The term aviation, noun of action from stem of Latin avis "bird" with suffix -ation meaning action or progress, was coined in 1863 by French pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812–1886) in "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne sans ballons".Experiments with gliders provided the groundwork for heavier-than-air craft, and by the early-20th century, advances in engine technology and aerodynamics made controlled, powered flight possible for the first time. The modern aeroplane with its characteristic tail was established by 1909 and from then on the history of the aeroplane became tied to the development of more and more powerful engines.

The first great ships of the air were the rigid dirigible balloons pioneered by Ferdinand von Zeppelin, which soon became synonymous with airships and dominated long-distance flight until the 1930s, when large flying boats became popular. After World War II, the flying boats were in their turn replaced by land planes, and the new and immensely powerful jet engine revolutionised both air travel and military aviation.

In the latter part of the 20th century the advent of digital electronics produced great advances in flight instrumentation and "fly-by-wire" systems. The 21st century saw the large-scale use of pilotless drones for military, civilian and leisure use. With digital controls, inherently unstable aircraft such as flying wings became possible.

Jack Mann

Jack Mann may refer to:

Jack Mann (winemaker) (1906–1989), winemaker in Western Australia

Jack Mann (ice hockey) (1919–1980), ice hockey player

Jack Mann, pen name of E. C. Vivian (1882–1947), British editor and writer

Occult detective fiction

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Peter Berresford Ellis

Peter Berresford Ellis (born 10 March 1943) is a British historian, literary biographer, and novelist who has published over 98 books to date either under his own name or his pseudonyms Peter Tremayne and Peter MacAlan. He has also published 100 short stories. Under Peter Tremayne, he is the author of the international bestselling Sister Fidelma historical mystery series. His work has appeared in 25 languages.

Pulp magazine

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. In contrast, magazines printed on higher-quality paper were called "glossies" or "slicks". The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7 inches (18 cm) wide by 10 inches (25 cm) high, and 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges.

The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction in reference to run-of-the-mill, low-quality literature. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were best known for their lurid, exploitative, and sensational subject matter. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps"; pulp magazines often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters, such as Flash Gordon, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Phantom Detective.

Shooting Stars (1927 film)

Shooting Stars is a 1927 British drama film directed by Anthony Asquith and A. V. Bramble and starring Annette Benson, Brian Aherne and Wally Patch. The screenplay concerns a starlet who plots an escape to Hollywood.

The Valley of Silent Men

Not to be confused with Fields of Sleep, a 1923 novel by E. C. Vivian reprinted under the same title

The Valley of Silent Men is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Frank Borzage and written by John Lynch based upon the novel of the same name by James Oliver Curwood. The film stars Alma Rubens, Lew Cody, Joe King, Mario Majeroni, George Nash, and J. W. Johnston. The film was released on September 10, 1922, by Paramount Pictures. It is not known whether the film currently survives.

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