Re: RARA-AVIS: Hank Janson

From: Frankie Lee (
Date: 04 May 2002

> Hank Janson was a hugely successful and prolific English imitator of
the 50s
> US pulp novels. I've never read any, mainly because I suspect the
> might pale in comparison with his US counterparts (Keene, Miller,
> Brewer, Williams, John D, et al). On the other hand, I could be
wrong. I
> had a look in the rara-avis archives, but he's not prompted much
> Is that because he's not worth discussing? Any informed opinions?
> Al Guthrie

Hank Janson was a house name. Stephen D. Frances wrote a lot of the early books from around 1960 - these were not so bad. The series deteriorated later on. But the books were - like you said - kind of an imitation of the American writers that you mention. And the Australian - very prolific writer - Carter Brown comes to mind.

Frankie Lee

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