Stephen Marlowe

Stephen Marlowe (born Milton Lesser, August 7, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, died February 22, 2008 (aged 79), in Williamsburg, Virginia) was an American author of science fiction, mystery novels, and fictional autobiographies of Goya, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes, and Edgar Allan Poe. He is best known for his detective character Chester Drum, whom he created in the 1955 novel The Second Longest Night. Lesser also wrote under the pseudonyms Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, C.H. Thames, Jason Ridgway, Stephen Wilder and Ellery Queen.

Lesser attended the College of William & Mary, earning his degree in philosophy, marrying Leigh Lang shortly after graduating. The couple divorced in 1962. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War.[1]

He was awarded the French Prix Gutenberg du Livre in 1988 for The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus, and in 1997 he was awarded the "Life Achievement Award" by the Private Eye Writers of America. He also served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. He lived with his second wife Ann in Williamsburg, Virginia.[2]

Milton Lesser c.1953

Selected bibliography

Amazing stories 195011
Lesser's novella "All Heroes Are Hated!" was the cover story in the November 1950 issue of Amazing Stories
Amazing stories 195206
Lesser's short novel "Secret of the Black Planet" was the cover story in the June 1952 issue of Amazing Stories
Imagination 195307
Lesser's novella "Voyage to Eternity" was cover=featured on the July 1953 issue of Imagination
If 195205
Lesser's novella "Jungle in the Sky" was the cover story in the second issue of If in May 1953
Amazing stories 195607
As "C. H. Thames", Lesser wrote the "Johnny Mayhem" stories, which ran in Amazing in the 1950s but were not collected until 2013
Stephen Marlowe-Turn Left For Murder
As "Stephen Marlowe", Lesser wrote several hard-boiled fiction novels

As Milton S. Lesser:

  • Somewhere I'll Find You (1947)
  • Earthbound (1952)
  • The Star Seekers (1953)
  • Recruit for Andromeda (1959)
  • Stadium Beyond the Stars (1960)
  • Spacemen Go Home (1961)
  • Secret of the Black Planet (1965)

As Stephen Marlowe:

  • Catch the Brass Ring (1954)
  • Model for Murder (1955)
  • Turn Left for Murder (1955)
  • Dead on Arrival (1956)
  • Blonde Bait (1959)
  • Passport to Peril (1959)
  • The Shining (1961)
  • Colossus: A novel about Goya and a world gone mad (1965)
  • The Search for Bruno Heidler (1966)
  • Come Over, Red Rover (1968)
  • The Summit (1970)
  • The Man with No Shadow (1974)
  • The Cawthorn Journals (or Too Many Chiefs) (1975)
  • Translation (1976)
  • The Valkyrie Encounter (1978)
  • Deborah's Legacy (1983)
  • The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus (1987)
  • The Lighthouse at the End of the World (1995)
  • The Death and Life of Miguel De Cervantes (1996)

Chester Drum novels (as Stephen Marlowe):

  • The Second Longest Night (1955)
  • Mecca for Murder (1956)
  • Killers Are My Meat (1957)
  • Murder Is My Dish (1957)
  • Trouble Is My Name (1957)
  • Terror Is My Trade (1958)
  • Violence Is My Business (1958)
  • Double in Trouble (with Richard S. Prather, co-starring Prather's series character Shell Scott) (1959)
  • Homicide Is My Game (1959)
  • Danger Is My Line (1960)
  • Death Is My Comrade (1960)
  • Peril Is My Pay (1960)
  • Manhunt Is My Mission (1961)
  • Jeopardy Is My Job (1962)
  • Francesca (1963)
  • Drum Beat - Berlin (1964)
  • Drum Beat - Dominique (1965)
  • Drum Beat - Madrid (1966)
  • Drum Beat - Erica (1967)
  • Drum Beat - Marianne (1968)

As Adam Chase (writing with Paul W. Fairman):

  • The Golden Ape (1959)

As Andrew Frazer:

  • Find Eileen Hardin - Alive! (1959)
  • The Fall of Marty Moon (1960)

As Jason Ridgway:

  • West Side Jungle (1958)
  • Adam's Fall (1960)
  • People in Glass Houses (1961)
  • Hardly a Man Is Now Alive (1962)
  • The Treasure of the Cosa Nostra (1966)

As Ellery Queen

  • Dead Man's Tale (1961)

As C. H. Thames:

  • Violence Is Golden (1956)
  • Blood of My Brother (1963)


  1. ^ "Introducing the Author: Milton Lesser", Imagination, July 1953, p.2
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External links

2008 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 2008.

Adam Chase

Adam Chase may refer to:

Stephen Marlowe, American author who uses Adam Chase as a pseudonym

Adam Chase (writer), TV writer and producer

Andrew Frazer

Andrew Frazer may refer to:

Andrew Frazer, a pen name of the American author Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008)

Andrew Frazer (lieutenant-colonel) (died 1792)

Daniel Boone (1936 film)

Daniel Boone is a 1936 American historical film directed by David Howard and starring George O'Brien, Heather Angel, and John Carradine.

Deaths in February 2008

The following is a list of notable deaths in February 2008.

Deneb in fiction

The planetary systems of stars other than the Sun and the Solar System are a staple element in much science fiction.

Edgar Allan Poe in popular culture

Edgar Allan Poe has appeared in popular culture as a character in books, comics, film, and other media. Besides his works, the legend of Poe himself has fascinated people for generations. His appearances in popular culture often envision him as a sort of "mad genius" or "tormented artist", exploiting his personal struggles. Many depictions of Poe interweave elements of his life with his works, in part due to Poe's frequent use of first-person narrators, suggesting an erroneous assumption that Poe and his characters are identical.This article focuses specifically on the historical Edgar Allan Poe making appearances in fiction, television, and film.

Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen is a crime fiction pseudonym created in 1929 by Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, and later used by other authors under Dannay and Lee's supervision. Dannay and Lee's main fictional character, whom they also named Ellery Queen, is a mystery writer in New York City who helps his police inspector father solve baffling murders. Most of the more than thirty novels and several short story collections in which Ellery Queen appeared as a character were written by Dannay and Lee, and were among the most popular American mysteries published between 1929 and 1971. From 1961, Dannay and Lee also commissioned other authors to write crime thrillers under the Ellery Queen authorial name, but not featuring Ellery Queen as a character.

Daniel Nathan, professionally known as Frederic Dannay (October 20, 1905 – September 3, 1982), and Emanuel Benjamin Lepofsky, professionally known as Manfred Bennington Lee (January 11, 1905 – April 3, 1971), were American cousins from Brooklyn, New York. In addition to writing most of the novels and short stories starring the brilliant amateur detective Ellery Queen, Dannay and Lee edited more than thirty popular anthologies of crime fiction and true crime, which were also published under the Ellery Queen pseudonym. Dannay was the founder and longtime editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, which has been published continuously from 1941 to the present.

Dannay and Lee also wrote four mysteries under the pseudonym Barnaby Ross, a name that they later allowed another author to use. Several juvenile novels were credited to Ellery Queen, Jr.


Lesser, from Eliezer (Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר, Modern: Eli'ezer, Tiberian: ʼĔlîʻézer, "Help/Court of my God"), is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Adolf Lesser (1851–1926), German physician

Aleksander Lesser (1814–1884), Polish painter and art critic

Anton Lesser (born 1952), British actor

Axel Lesser (born 1946), East German cross country skier

Edmund Lesser (1852–1918), German dermatologist

Erik Lesser (born 1988), German biathlete

Gabriele Lesser (born 1960), German historian and journalist

George Lesser, American musician

Gerald S. Lesser (1926–2010), American psychologist

Henry Lesser (born 1963), German footballer

J Lesser (born 1970), American musician

Len Lesser (1922–2011), American actor

Louis Lesser (born 1916), American real estate developer

Matt Lesser, Connecticut politician

Mike Lesser (born 1943), British mathematical philosopher and political activist

Milton Lesser or Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008), American author

Norman Lesser (1902–1985), Anglican bishop and Archbishop of New Zealand

Otto Lesser (1830–1887), German astronomer

Rika Lesser (born 1953), American poet

Robert Lesser (born 1942), American actor

Rosa Lesser, Austrian luger

Ryan Lesser, Rhode Island video game designer

Sam Lesser or Sam Russell (1915–2010), British journalist and Spanish Civil War veteran

Sol Lesser (1890–1980), American film producer

Stephen A. Lesser (born 1944), American architect

Virginia Lesser, American statistician

Wendy Lesser (born 1952), American author, editor and critic

Werner Lesser (1932–2005), East German ski jumperLesser is also a given name. Notable people with the given name include:

Lesser Samuels (1894–1980), Hollywood screenwriter

Lesser Ury (1861-1931), German Impressionist painter and printmaker

List of Ace double titles

American company Ace Books began publishing genre fiction starting in 1952. Initially these were mostly in the attractive tête-bêche format, but they also published a few single volumes, in the early years, and that number grew until the doubles stopped appearing in about 1978. The tête-bêche format was discarded in 1973, but future double novels were continued for a while.

Between 1952 and 1968, the books had a letter-series identifier; after that date they were given five-digit numeric serial numbers. The list given here covers every Ace Double published between 1952 and 1978, for all genres. It gives a date of publication; in all cases this refers to the date of publication by Ace, and not the date of original publication of the novels. For more information about the history of these titles, see Ace Books, which includes a discussion of the serial numbering conventions used and an explanation of the letter-code system.

List of Ace mystery double titles

Ace Books published 135 mystery Ace doubles between 1952 and 1965 in dos-a-dos format.

List of Ace titles in first DGS series

Ace Books' first series of paperbacks, the D/G/S series, began in 1952 and ran until 1965, by which time other series from Ace had begun. The D/G/S series used a serial number from 1-599, and a letter code to indicate price. D-series books cost 35 cents; S-series titles were 25 cents; and later there were several G-series books, priced at 50 cents.

Note that there is a separate G-Series, which began in 1964 with independent numbering from this series.

Looking Forward (anthology)

Looking Forward is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by Milton Lesser, published in hardcover in 1953 by Beechhurst Press and reprinted in the British market in 1955 by Cassell & Company. The anthology was particularly poorly received, and carried the unusually high cover price, for its day, of $5.00. Its contents include one of the few uncollected and otherwise unanthologized stories by Walter M. Miller, Jr..

Marlowe (name)

Marlowe is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


Andrew W. Marlowe, American screenwriter

Ann Marlowe, American critic, journalist and writer

Anthony Marlowe (1904–1965), British politician

Chris Marlowe (born 1951), American sportscaster

Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593), English dramatist, poet and translator

Deb Marlowe, American author

Derek Marlowe (1938–1996), English writer

Fernanda Marlowe (born 1942), British actress

Frank Marlowe (1904–1964) American character actor

Hugh Marlowe (1911–1982), American actor

Julia Marlowe (1866–1950), actress

June Marlowe (1903–1984), American actress

Lara Marlowe, journalist

Marion Marlowe (1929–2012), American singer and actress

Paul Marlowe, Canadian author

Scott Marlowe (1932–2001), American actor

Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008), American author

Sylvia Marlowe (1908–1981), American harpsichordist

William Marlowe (1932–2004), British actorGiven name:

Marlowe Morris (1915–1977 or 1978), American jazz musician

Marlowe Peyton (born 2004), American singer and child actress

Marlowe Sturridge (born 2012), daughter of Sienna Miller and Tom SturridgeFictional characters:

Marlowe Sawyer, in the television series Nip/Tuck

Marlowe Viccellio, from the TV series Psych

Jennifer Marlowe, character in WKRP in Cincinnati

Natalie Marlowe, from the daytime soap opera All My Children

Philip Marlowe, a fictional detective created by author Raymond Chandler

Preston Marlowe, from the Battlefield Bad Company games

Richard S. Prather

'Richard Scott Prather. (September 9, 1921 – February 14, 2007) was an American mystery novelist, best known for creating the "Shell Scott" series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms David Knight and Douglas Ring.

Shamus Award

The Shamus Award is awarded by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) for the best detective fiction genre novels and short stories of the year.

The Prize is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. The Shamus Awards were announced at Bouchercon World Mystery Convention while the PWA Awards Banquet .

Shell Scott

Shell Scott was the best-known creation of fiction writer Richard S. Prather. A Southern California private eye, 6-foot-2 ex-marine, he was featured in three dozen novels published over a span of nearly 40 years. The character remained 30 years old throughout.

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