Louis Tracy,

Gordon Holmes and Robert Fraser

A Chronological Checklist

of Periodical & First Book Publications

with notes on Confirmed and Suspected Collaborations with

M. P. Shiel

[Working draft–additions & corrections are welcomed]

By

John D. Squires

PO Box 292333

Kettering, OH 45429

< jsquires@woh.rr.com >

 

4 September 2005

 

 

1885

 

Tracy, Louis, Magnay Mallonder, A Brief Memoir of a Short Life, London: City of London Publishing Co., 1885, pp 162.

 

1891

 

Marvin's Letters to the "Morning Post." Written during ... 1888-90, Edited by L. Tracy, Allahabad: Offices of the Morning Post, 1891. [With map.]. pp. iii. ii. 427. x. [a series of special articles by the late Mr. Charles Marvin contributed to and solely published in the "Morning post", Allahabad, India. Edited by Louis Tracy.]

 

1892

 

"Tracy Yarns of an Indian Ghost," The Idler, v. II, no 5 (Dec 1892) pp. 610-611. [Contribution to A Discussion on Ghosts in the Idlers’ Club.]

 

What I Saw in India. The Adventures of a Globetrotter, Allahabad: Offices of the Morning Post, 1892. pp. 285

 

1893

 

"Tracy Describes a Christian Rocket," The Idler, v. IV, no 4 (Nov 1893) “Fireworks of All Sorts” pp. 432-433. [Part of round table discussion of fireworks in The Idler’s Club.]

 

 

 

1894

 

“A Bimetallic Mystery” by L. Tracy in Chambers’s Journal, Feb. 3, 1894, 77-80. (SS)

 

“What Happened on the Indus. A Tale of the Frontier” by Louis Tracy in Pall Mall Magazine, Feb. 1894, 581-592.(SS)

 

"Tracy Illustrates," The Idler, Vol V, no 4, May 1894, pp. 441-443. [Tracy relates an incident in The Idlers' Club about the differences between English and Indian Policemen in a round table discussion on Policemen of All Sorts.]

 

"Tracy Muses," The Idler, v. VI, no 1 (Aug 1894) pp. 109-112 [in Animal Anecdotes round table discussion in the Idlers’ Club.]

 

1895

 

“The Cholera Cloud” by Louis Tracy in Today: A Weekly Magazine Journal, ed by Jerome K. Jerome, Vol VII, # 85, London, Saturday, June 22, 1895, 193-196. (SS)

 

"Louis Tracy Says that Most Women Are Stupid,” The Idler, v. VIII, no 1 (Aug 1895) pp. 92-94. [Contribution to discussion in the Idlers’ Club on Are Clever Women or Stupid More Attractive to Men?]

 

1896

 

The Final War by Louis Tracy serialized in Pearson’s Weekly, #284-#315, December 28, 1895 - August 1, 1896.(Serial)

 

“At the Royal Military Tournament,” by Louis Tracy in Pearson’s Magazine, Vol I, #6, June 1896, 623-631.(Ar)

 

“Chandni Bhai, the Dancing Girl. A Pathan Love Story” by Minnie Anderson and Louis Tracy in Pall Mall Magazine, July 1896, 519-534.(SS)

 

“Do the Americans Really Hate Us?” by Louis Tracy in Pearson’s Weekly, #321, September 12, 1896.(Ar)

 

Ad for forthcoming serial, An American Emperor, in Pearson’s Weekly, #333, December 15, 1896.(Ad)

 

The Final War. A Story of the Great Betrayal, Ills by E. F. Sherie, London: C. A. Pearson, Nov 1896. pp. x. 372.

 1st US ed: Ills by E. F. Sherie, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1896. pp 464.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library, #186, 1898 or earlier. No separate Canadian edition verified.

 

1897

 

An American Emperor by Louis Tracy serialized in Pearson’s Weekly, #336-#362, December 26, 1896 - June 26, 1897. [When Tracy fell ill, M. P. Shiel stepped in to write at least Chapter 29, appearing April 17 & 24, 1897, and may have written chapters 30-39 which ran through June 5, 1897.](Serial)

 

The Shadow-Hand by Louis Tracy serialized in Short Stories beginning in the February 20, 1897 issue. Not seen, and full publication details unconfirmed, but the serial was heavily cross-promoted in issues of Pearson’s Weekly running An American Emperor. It involved a French doctor using Mesmerism for base ends who is done in by a lady detective (Moskowitz, Strange Horizons, page 206.) No book publication has been confirmed.(Serial)

 

“The Man Who Wrote the Final War,” an interview with Louis Tracy, in Pearson’s Weekly, #348, March 20, 1897.(Interview)

 

An American Emperor: the story of the Fourth Empire of France, ills by E. S. Hope, London:

C. A. Pearson, Sept 1897. pp x, 336.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library, #192, 1898 or earlier. No separate Canadian edition verified.

 1st US ed: ills E. S. Hope, New York ; London: G. P. Putnam's sons, 1897. pp 242.

 [Note: Shiel’s contribution to the serial was retained in the novel.]

 

1898

 

The Lost Provinces by Louis Tracy serialized in Pearson’s Weekly, #389-#412, January 1, 1898 - June 11, 1898. [A sequel to An American Emperor.](Serial)

 

The Final War by Louis Tracy, re-serialized in Short Stories, beginning 6 August 1898 (per Moskowitz, Strange Horizons, 212.)(Serial)

 

Meeting the Sun. Some Anglo-Indian Snapshots, with Occasional Verses, Allahabad: Morning Post Press, 1898. pp 188. [India – Description and travel.]

 

The Lost Provinces: a sequel to "An American Emperor”, Ills by Harold Piffard, London: C. A. Pearson, Nov 1898. pp viii, 380.

 Colonial ed: Ills by Harold Piffard, London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library, #245, 1898. No separate Canadian edition verified.

 US title: The Lost Provinces: How Vansittart came back to France, 12 ills by Harold Piffard, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1898. pp 408.

1899

 

The Adventures of Sirdar Mohammed Khan by Louis Tracy, a series of related short stories published monthly in Pearson’s Magazine, London, #43-#48, and New York, V 2, #1-6, July-December 1899. (Issued as book in 1905, The Sirdar's Sabre: being for the most part the adventures of Sirdar Bahadur Mohammed Khan.)

 

1900

 

The Invaders by Louis Tracy serialized in Pearson’s Weekly, #503-#525, March 10, 1900 - August 11, 1900.(Serial; published as book, 1901.)

 

1901

 

The Great Strike serialized in Pearson’s Weekly, #545-#560, December 29, 1900 - April 13, 1901. [A serial novel of industrial unrest in the North of England. Issued as book as The Wooing of Esther Gray, 1902. It is possible, but unconfirmed, that Shiel contributed.](Serial)

 

“‘Bobs’ An Unrecorded Campaign” by Louis Tracy in The Royal Magazine, Vol. VI, #36, October, 1901, pp 490-496.(SS)

 

The Invaders. A story of Britain’s Peril, ills by Lawson Wood, London: C. A. Pearson, Jan 1901, pp vi, 428.

 Colonial ed: ills, London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library

 #364. pp vi, 428. No US or Canadian editions have been confirmed.

 

The Strange Disappearance of Lady Delia, London: C. A. Pearson, Sept 1901. pp 320.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library, #398. 1st US ed: (Lightly revised) as A Mysterious Disappearance by Gordon Holmes, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1905. 3 p. l., pp 303. It also appeared in America as The Strange Disappearance of Lady Delia; or, Sin and Its Reward. New York: Street & Smith, 1909

 a. New Eagle Library no. 633, Jul 13, 1909

 b. New Romance Library no. 34, May 10, 1916

 c. Adventure Library no. 106, Jan 1929

 Alternate UK title: Lady Delia’s Disappearance, London: Goodship House (Aldine Publishing Co, Ltd), Mascot Novels, No 19, 3d net. [1914?]

 Possible alternate US title: The Disappearance of Lady Delia, New York: R. F. Fenno, ?

 unverified.

 [Note: M. P. Shiel denied any involvement in this novel.]

 

1902

 

Link by Link by Louis Tracy serialized in Short Stories, #688-#698, March 8, 1902 - May 17, 1902. [A serial detective novel, no book edition has yet been identified.](Serial)

 

The Wooing of Esther Gray, London: C. Arthur Pearson, Sept 1902, pp 320.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library, #452, 1902, pp 320.

 Alternative title: The Ordeal of Esther Gray, London: C. Arthur Pearson Sixpenny novels, nd. pp 128, [July 1930.]

 US ed: The Wooing of Esther Gray: or, A Queer Adventure. New York: Street & Smith, 1910

 a. New Eagle Library no. 677 May 17, 1910

 b. New Romance Library no. 30 Mar 10, 1916

 c. Adventure Library no. 109 Mar 1929. pp 299.

 [Note: Shiel may have been involved in this novel, serialized as The Great Strike.]

 

1903

 

“Crif Columbus” by Louis Tracy in Chambers’s Journal, Feb. 28, 1903, pp 200-205 (SS)

 

"A Matter Of Initials" by Louis Tracy, The Windsor Magazine, Volume XVIII, June 1903 - November 1903. (SS)

 

The King of the Seas, a poem by Louis Tracy in Pearson’s Magazine, London, Vol. XVI, #95, November, 1903, page 482.(Poem)

 

A Fatal Legacy, Ills by F. H. Townsend, London: Ward, Lock & Co., Feb 1903. pp 336.

 U.S. title 1: The Stowmarket Mystery or A Legacy of Hate, New York: R.F. Fenno, 1904. pp 336.

 U.S. title 2: The Fatal Legacy. New York: Street & Smith, 1905

 a. Magnet Library no. 401 Jul 19, 1905

 b. Adventure Library no. 92 Jul 1928.

 U.S. title 3: A Japanese Revenge, or Terror in the Night, Cleveland: Buckeye Pub. Co., Pall Mall series no. 4, 1904. pp 127.

 A Japanese Revenge, Cleveland: Arthur Westbrook, Adventure Series #144. pp 199.

 

Princess Kate. London: F. V. White & Co., April 1903. pp v, 312.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library #489.

 US title 1: At the Court of the Maharaja: A Story of Adventure, New York: The American News Company, 1906. pp 305.

 US Title 2: A Dangerous Situation, NY: Edward J. Clode, 1932.

 

The Darkest Hour. London: Digby, Long & Co., July 1903. pp viii, 302.

 US title 1: The Fate of the Plotter: or, Love's Final Triumph. New York: Street & Smith, 1908

 a. New Eagle Library no. 601, Dec. 1, 1908

 b. New Romance Library no. 31, Mar 25,1916

 c. Adventure Library no. 103, Dec. 1928

 US title 2: The Darkest Hour, or The Convict’s Escape, Cleveland: Arthur Westbrook Co, Adventure series No. 137, 1912.

 

The Wings of the Morning, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1903. 3 p. l., pp 354.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: McLeod & Allen, [1903.] pp 354.

 Photoplay edition: New York: Grosset & Dunlap [With photos from Fox Film production of 1919, but printed from Clode plates with 1903 copyright.]

 1st UK ed: Rainbow Island, London: Ward, Lock & Co., Sept 1903. Ills, pp 355.

 

The Revellers, London: F. V. White & Co., Dec 1903. pp v, 298.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library #535.

 1st US ed: (Revised,) New York: Edward J. Clode, 1917. pp 339.

 

1904

 

The Evil That Men Do, by M. P. Shiel, serialized in People, # 1,170 - 1,191, 13 March 1904 - 7 August 1904. [Shiel claimed to Grant Richards in Jan 1904 that Tracy had collaborated with him on this novel, which Tracy confirmed in a letter to Richards the following month. On that basis Richards relinquished his rights to the novel, which was published by Ward, Lock & Co. Ltd that September.]

 

“That Dreffel Sea-Cow,” by Louis Tracy in The Strand Magazine, London, vol. XXVIII, no. 1 (July 1904), 26-33. [Also in US edition, August, 1904.]

 

Hazard & Heroism: being stories told by G. A. Henty, Louis Tracy, etc., London; Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, 1904. pp 403. [includes “Crif Columbus” by Tracy at p 387.]

 

The Albert Gate Mystery : being further Adventures of Reginald Brett, Barrister Detective, New York: R. F. Fenno & Company, 1904. 6 p., 1 l., pp 7-309.

 UK title: The Albert Gate Affair, ills by John Cameron, London: Ward, Lock & Co., April 1904. pp 309.

 Alternate US title: The Jewel of Death

 a. Cleveland: The Buckeye Publishing Co., Pall Mall Series, No. 2., Nov 1907.

 b. Cleveland: Arthur Westbrook, Adventure series #104. pp 179.

 

The King of Diamonds, London: F. V. White & Co., April 1904. pp v, 312.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library, 1904.

 [US Copyright edition: The King of Diamonds, registered on Apr. 2, 1904, was a pamphlet, probably consisting of the first few chapters. New York: Edward J. Clode, 1904. pp 84.]

 1st. US [trade] ed: New York: Edward J. Clode, [1906?]

 1st Canadian ed: The King of Diamonds, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, [1906.] pp 320.

The Pillar of Light: New York: Edward J. Clode, [June] 1904. 3 p. l., pp 339.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1904. pp 339.

 1st UK ed, Ills by T. Peddie, London: Ward, Lock & Co., Sept 1905. pp 320.

 Alternate US title: The Wreck of the Chinook, New York: Edward J. Clode [Dec 1928] Printed off the original plates retaining the 1904 copyright notice and original title in the running heads. Dust jacket illustration by Edward C. Caswell. Also reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap, [Oct 1930.] [Note: Shiel revised the last part of this novel.]

 

The Evil That Men Do, by M. P. Shiel, London: Ward, Lock & Co, Sept 1904. pp 368.

 [Note: Louis Tracy collaborated with Shiel on this novel.]

 

A Morganatic Wife, London: F. V. White & Co., Oct 1904. pp vi, 307.

 [US copyright edition: registered on Jun 1, 1904 was a pamphlet, consisting of the first four chapters, as Souls on Fire, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1904, pp 52.]

 1st US [trade] ed: [Robert Fraser] The Fire Opal, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1911. pp vi, 311. Blue cloth with color paper illus. pasted to front and back covers.

 1st Canadian ed: The Fire Opal, by Robert Fraser, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1911. pp 311. Alternate title: Souls on Fire (Copyright pamphlet, 1904 & serial, 1905.)

 [Note: It is possible, but not confirmed, that M. P. Shiel was involved in this novel.]

1905

 

The Pillar of Light by Louis Tracy, serialized in The Lady’s Home Magazine (London: C. Arthur Pearson,) from Vol 8, # 48, December 1904 -Vol 9, #51, March 1905. (The name changed to The Lady’s Home Magazine of Fiction with the January 1905 issue and the magazine was terminated with the March issue. Pearson launched The Novel Magazine in April 1905 which continued the serial to its end.) (Serial)

 

Souls on Fire by Louis Tracy, ills by Wladyslaw T. Benda, serialized in 12 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, March 26-June 11, 1905. [See A Morganatic Wife, 1904.](Serial)

 

The King of Diamonds, by Louis Tracy ran in the Boston Globe from June 2, 1905 through June 30, 1905. [It had previously been partially serialized from August 26, 1904 to Sep. 6, 1904, but was discontinued because of copyright problems.](Serial)

 

"The Confessions of a Hotel Manager: I.— What Happened in the Foyer" by Louis Tracy in The Popular Magazine, Vol IV, No 2, June 1905, 124-131.(SS)

 

"The Confessions of a Hotel Manager: II.— The Unearthing of a Conspiracy" by Louis Tracy in The Popular Magazine, Vol IV, No 3, July 1905, 166-171.(SS)

 

"The Confessions of a Hotel Manager: III.— The Bridal Jewels" by Louis Tracy in The Popular Magazine, Vol IV, No 4, August 1905, 170-179.(SS)

“The Confessions of a Hotel Manager: IV.— A Fashionable Anarchist,” by Louis Tracy in The Popular Magazine, Vol IV, No 5, Sept 1905, pp 177-181.(SS)

 

Karl Grier: The Strange Story of a Man with a Sixth Sense by Louis Tracy, ills by William de L. Dodge, serialized in 16 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, July 30-November 19, 1905.

(Serial)

 

The Arncliffe Puzzle by Gordon Holmes, illustrated by F. Vaux Wilson, serialized in 14 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, September 3-December 3, 1905.(Serial)

 

The Sirdar's Sabre: being for the most part the adventures of Sirdar Bahadur Mohammed Khan, London: F. V. White & Co., Feb 1905. pp ix, 241.

 [US copyright edition: registered on Nov. 8, 1904 was a pamphlet, consisting of the first three chapters, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1904, pp 49.]

 1st US [trade] ed: New York: Edward J. Clode, 1920 (with 1904 & 1920 copyrights) pp 319.

 Canadian ed: Toronto: George J. McLeod, 1920, pp 319.

 Alternate title: The Adventures of Sirdar Mohammed Khan (Pearson’s Magazine, 1899.)

 

The King's Messenger, London: F. V. White & Co., July 1905. pp 312. [“Many breathless adventures in the world of international diplomacy experienced by Captain Herbert Jerningham — with a piquante Lady Cecilia, who takes surprisingly little pains to conceal her interest in them,” TLS, 7 July 1905. US ed. &/or alternative title not identified.]

 

The Winning of Winifred, London: F. V. White & Co., Nov 1905. pp 318.

 The Bartlett Mystery, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1919. pp 314. (Revised)

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: G. J. McLeod, 1919. pp 314.

 Alternate title: Whose Money? (Serial, 1918.)

 

The Great Mogul, illustrations by J.C. Chase, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1905. 3 p. l., pp 340.

 1st Canadian ed: ills by J. C. Chase, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1905. pp 340.

 1st UK ed: Heart's Delight, London: Ward, Lock & Co., May 1906. Ills. pp 336.

 

1906

 

The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy serialized in 18 installments in Lloyd’s Weekly News, Dec 24, 1905-Apr 22, 1906.

 

At the Court of the Maharaja by Louis Tracy serialized in The Popular Magazine [Street & Smith, N. Y.], beginning January, 1906-June 1906 [The March issues includes Chapters IX-XI at pp 100-119.](Serial)

 

[Gordon Holmes] A Mysterious Disappearance, ran in the Boston Globe from Feb. 2, 1906

through March 16, 1906.(Serial)

[Gordon Holmes] The Late Tenant by serialized in 11 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, July 15, 1906-September 23, 1906. [Serialized in England as The Whiff of Violets.] (Serial)

 

[Gordon Holmes] The Whiff of Violets by serialized in Pearson’s Weekly, #838-#850, August 9, 1906 - November 1, 1906. [First serialized in America as The Late Tenant.](Serial)

 

Karl Grier: the strange story of a man with a sixth sense, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1906. pp vi, 323.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1906. pp vi, 323.

 1st UK ed: London: Hodder & Stoughton, March 1906. pp viii, 277.

 Alternative title: The Man with Sixth Sense, (abridged) London: Odham’s Popular Novels, No 45, June 1927. pp 80.

 

[Gordon Holmes] The Arncliffe Puzzle, New York : Edward J. Clode, 1906. pp vi, 326.

 1st UK ed, London: T. Werner Laurie, Aug 1906. pp 316.

 [Note: Shiel denied any involvement in this novel.]

 

Waifs of Circumstance, London: Hodder & Stoughton, Oct 1906. pp vii, 408.

 1st US ed: The Captain of the Kansas, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1907. pp vi, 336.

 1st Canadian ed: The Captain of the Kansas, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1907. pp vi, 336.

 UK title: Waifs of Circumstance, includes additional chapter, per NL

 

[Gordon Holmes] The Late Tenant, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1906. pp vi, 285.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1906. pp vi, 285.

 1st UK ed, London: Cassell & Co. Ltd, March 1907. pp 340.

 [Note: Shiel wrote approximately half of this novel.]

 

1907

 

The Red Year by Louis Tracy serialized in Pearson’s Weekly, #890-#903, August 8, 1907 - November 7, 1907.

 

The Red Year: a Story of the Indian Mutiny, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1907. pp vi, 328.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1908. pp vi, 328.

 1st UK ed: London: F. V. White & Co., Nov 1907. pp 316.

 Colonial ed: London & Bombay: George Bell & Sons, Bell’s Indian & Colonial Library, 1908, pp 307.

 New York: Grosset & Dunlap [from Clode plates with 1907 copyright.]

 

 

 

The Wheel o' Fortune, ills by James Montgomery Flagg, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1907. pp vii, 349.

 1st Canadian ed: ills by James Montgomery Flagg, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, [1908.] pp vii, 349.

 1st UK ed, Ills, London: Ward, Lock & Co., May 1908. pp 320.

 

[Robert Fraser] Three Men and a Maid, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1907. pp vi, 298.

 1st Canadian ed: Three Men and a Maid, by Robert Fraser, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1907. pp vi, 298.

 1st UK ed: Fennell's Tower, by Louis Tracy, London: Ward, Lock & Co., Oct 1908. Ills. pp 320.

 [Note: Shiel wrote approximately half of this novel.]

 

Minkie, ills by H. Richard Boehm, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1907. pp 175.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1907. pp 175.

 1st UK ed: London: Ward, Lock & Co., [April 1910.] pp 184.

 

1908

 

The Wheel of Fortune by Louis Tracy, ills by James Montgomery Flagg, serialized in 13 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, December 15, 1907-March 8, 1908.(Serial)

 

“The Queen’s Locket” by Louis Tracy in Pearson’s Magazine, New York, Vol XX, No. 1, July 1908, pp. 45-51.(SS)

 

“At Sea” by Louis Tracy in Pearson’s Magazine, New York, Vol XX, No. 2, August 1908, pp 113-120. [Also published in Windsor Magazine, London, Vol XXVIII, June-Nov, 1908, pp 599-606.](SS)

 

The Message by Louis Tracy serialized in Pearson’s Magazine, New York, Vol. XX, No. 4, October 1908 - Vol. XXI, No. 3, March 1909. [Reprinted in Pearson’s Magazine Illustrated [London?], Volume XX [With parts 1-3, Chapters I-IX, Oct, Nov. & Dec., 1908?] & Volume XXI , No. 1, Jan., 1909 [with part 4: Chapters X-XII], No. 2, February, 1909 [with part 5: Chapters XIII-XV], and No. 3, March, 1909 [with part 6: chapters XVI-XVII (Conclusion).](Serial)

 

“The Cholera Cloud” by Gordon Holmes in Pearson’s Magazine, New York, Vol. XX, No. 6, December, 1908, pp 609-612. [Reprint from 1895.] (SS)

 

The Message, ills by Joseph Cummings Chase, New York: E.J. Clode, 1908. 2 p. l., pp iii-v, 329

 1st Canadian ed, Ills by J. C. Chase, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, [1909.] pp v, 329.

 1st UK ed, Ills, London: Ward, Lock & Co., July 1909. pp 318.

 Alternate title: The Message of Fate, London: Ward, Lock, swd, 6d., Oct 1910.

 [Note: It is believed, but not confirmed, that Shiel wrote part of this novel.]

 

1909

 

The Silent Barrier by Louis Tracy serialized in 12 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, February 21-May 9, 1909.(Serial)

 

An article on The Final War and its background in Pearson’s Weekly, #1000, September 16, 1909.(Ar)

 

“How Rabbie Burns Built the Chapel,” by Louis Tracy, Nash’s Magazine, Vol 8, Nov 1909, 1088. (SS)

 

The Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy serialized in 11 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, November 14, 1909-January 23, 1910.

 

[Gordon Holmes] By Force of Circumstances, ills by Edwyn Chambers, New York: Edward J. Clode, [March] 1909. pp 342.

 1st Canadian ed: ills by Edwyn Chambers, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1909, pp 342.

 1st UK ed, London : Mills & Boon, [April 1910.] pp 348.

 [Note: Shiel wrote approximately half of this novel.]

 

The Stowaway, ills by Nesbitt Benson, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1909. pp vi, 343.

 1st Canadian ed: ills by Nesbitt Benson, Toronto: McLoed & Allen, 1909. pp 343.

 1st UK ed: Ills, London: Ward, Lock & Co, July 1910. pp 320.

 Alternate titles: The Stowaway Girl, A Stowaway Girl.

 

A Son of Immortals, ills by Howard Chandler Christy, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1909. 2 p. l., pp 319.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: McLeod & Allen, ills by Howard Chandler Christy, [1909.] pp 319.

 1st UK ed: A Son of the Immortals, London: Ward, Lock & Co., April 1912. pp 316.

 

1910

 

[Gordon Holmes] The Feldisham Mystery, A Story of Passion, ills by Gordon Browne, serialized in 5 parts in The Red Magazine, Vol. V, no. 28, June 1, 1910 - Vol. VI, no. 32, August 1, 1910.

(Serial)

 

[Gordon Holmes] The De Bercy Affair, serialized in Gunter’s Magazine, May - October 1910,

but with the October 1910 issue, the name was changed to The New Magazine. (Serial)

 

“The Snake Stone” by Louis Tracy, The Story-Teller, August 1910. (SS)

 

Cynthia’s Chauffeur by Louis Tracy, ills by Howard Chandler Christy, serialized in 10 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, July 24-September 25, 1910.(Serial)

 

The Silent Barrier, Ills., London: Ward, Lock & Co., March 1910. pp 320.

 1st US ed: ills by J.V. McFall ; page decorations by A.W. Parsons from photographs by the Engadine Press, New York: Edward J. Clode, [c 1908, 1911.] pp 350.

 1st Canadian ed: ills by J. V. McFall, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1911. pp 350.

 Photoplay edition: New York: Grosset & Dunlap [With photos from the silent film of 1920 produced by Louis Tracy Productions, Inc, but printed from Clode plates with 1910 copyright.]

 

Cynthia's Chauffeur, ill by Howard Chandler Christy, New York: E. J. Clode, 1910. pp 353.

 1st Canadian ed: ill by Howard Chandler Christy, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1910. pp 353.

 1st UK ed: as Sylvia’s Chauffeur, ills, London: Ward, Lock & Co., July 1911. pp 320.

 

[Gordon Holmes] The de Bercy Affair, ills by Howard Chandler Christy, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1910. pp 321.

 1st Canadian ed: ills by Howard Chandler Christy, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1910, pp 321.

 1st UK ed: as The Feldisham Mystery, illustrated by E.S. Farmer, London: Daily Mail Sixpenny Novels, no.154, Amalgamated Press, [Oct 1911.] pp vi, 138.

 [Note: Shiel denied any involvement in this novel.]

 

1911

 

[Gordon Holmes] The House of Silence, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1911. pp 297.

 1st UK ed: The Silent House, by Louis Tracy, London: Eveleigh Nash, Aug 1911. pp 320.

 [Note: Shiel wrote approximately half of this novel.]

 

1912

 

“The Real Thing” by Louis Tracy, illustrated by Gilbert Holiday, The London Magazine, Vol 28, #21, July 1912. (SS)

 

Mirabel’s Island by Louis Tracy serialized in Munsey Magazine, April 1912 to Nov.1912. (Serial)

 

No Other Way by Gordon Holmes serialized in 10 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, September 8-November 10, 1912.(Serial)

 

Mirabel's Island, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1912. 4 p. l., pp 358.

 1st Canadian ed: ills by Wilmot Lunt, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1912. pp 358.

 1st UK ed: London: Ward, Lock & Co., July 1912. pp 320.

 

The "Mind the paint" girl : being a novelization of Sir Arthur Pinero's comedy, ills from photographs of the play. New York: Edward J. Clode, 1912. 4 p. l., pp 316.

 1st UK ed: The "Mind the Paint Girl." A novel adapted from Sir Arthur Pinero's comedy of that name. London: William Heinemann, Oct 1912. pp v, 320.

 

[Gordon Holmes] No Other Way, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1912. pp 308.

 1st UK ed: No Other Way, by Louis Tracy, London: Ward, Lock & Co., Feb 1913. pp 318. Alternate title: The Only Way (unconfirmed.)

 [Note: Shiel is not believed to have contributed to this novel.]

 

One Wonderful Night: A Romance of New York, Frontis by H. Richard Boehm, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1912. pp 369.

 Photoplay ed: New York: Grosset & Dunlap, from Clode plates, ills by scenes from the movie, but which production, 1914 or 1922?

 1st Canadian ed: Frontis by H. Richard Boehm, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1912. pp 369.

 1st UK ed: One Wonderful Night, London: Ward, Lock & Co., Sept 1913. pp 320.

 

1913

 

One Wonderful Night, serialized weekly in Cavalier, beginning Feb 15 & ending March 15, 1913.

(Serial)

 

A Mysterious Disappearance, serialized in The Household, Topeka, Kansas, Vol 13, No 5-9, April - Aug 1913.(Serial)

 

The Terms of Surrender, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1913. pp 384.

 1st Canadian ed: ills, Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1913. pp 384.

 1st UK ed: London: Cassell & Co., Jan 1914. pp 352.

 

1914

 

One Wonderful Night, illustrated by George Brehm, Ladies World Magazine, February [thru ?] April, 1914, published by McClure Publications, Inc., NY. (Serial)

 

Sylvia’s Suitors, “A Complete Book-Length Novel” by Louis Tracy, Adventure, Vol. 7, #6, April 1914.

 

Tracy letter to editor, published in New York Times, 16 Aug 1914, p BR351.

 

The House 'round the Corner, London: Ward, Lock & Co., July 1914. pp 304.

 1st US ed: as by Gordon Holmes, New York : Edward J. Clode, 1919. pp 308.

 [Shiel is not believed to have contributed to this novel.]

 

Diana of the Moors, London: Cassell & Co., Nov 1914. pp 311.

 1st US ed: Diana of the Moorland, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1918, c1915. pp 317.

 1st Canadian ed: Diana of the Moorland, Toronto: George J. McLeod, 1918. pp 317.

 

1915

 

“Using Motor Cars in Spy Work in Yorkshire,” excerpts from article by Louis Tracy originally published in The London Daily Mail published in New York Times, 31 Jan 1915 p XX2.

 

Flower Of The Gorse by Louis Tracy, serialized in 11 parts by Associated Sunday Magazines, February 21 - May 9, 1915.(Serial)

 

The Stowmarket Mystery, by Louis Tracy, in Short Stories (US) April 1915. pp 5-64.

 

The Albert Gate Mystery, by Louis Tracy, in Short Stories, (US) Oct. 1915, p. 5-89.

 

The Day of Wrath, serialized in Chambers' Journal, vol for December 1915 to November 1916.

[Specific issues not yet confirmed.] (Serial)

The Case of Mortimer Fenley, London: Cassell & Co., Feb 1915. pp 332.

 1st US ed: The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1919. pp 338.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: George J. McLeod, 1919. pp 338.

 

His Unknown Wife, London: Cassell & Co., Nov 1915. pp vi, 341.

 1st US ed: New York: Edward J. Clode, 1916. pp 332.

 1st Canadian ed: Toronto: George J. McLeod. pp 332.

 

Flower of the Gorse, New York: Edward J. Clode [1915.] pp 310.

 1st UK ed: Flower of the Gorse, London: Cassell & Co., Oct 1916. pp vi, 343.

 

1916

 

His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy, serialized in All Story Weekly beginning Feb 12, 1916-March 11, 1916. [The third installment appears in the February 26, 1916 issue (Vol. LV, no. 2), Chapter IX-XI, pp 302-332. Copyright in U.S. & Canada by Edward J. Clode.](Serial)

 

Diana of the Moorland, by Louis Tracy, ills by George Brehm, serialized in Country Gentleman,

Vol LXXXI, nos 6-15, Feb 5, 1916 - April 8, 1916.(Serial)

 

“A Briton’s Bitter Word on Preparedness,” article by Louis Tracy published in New York Times, 14 May 1916 p E2.(Ar)

 

Number 17 by Louis Tracy serialized in Blue Book Magazine, June 1916 - Dec 1916. (Serial)

 

“The Queer Case of S. Windell-Smith” by Louis Tracy in The Premier Magazine, Sep. 1916, 85-92.(SS)

 

“The Postmaster’s Daughter” by Louis Tracy, ills by Paul Stahr, serialized in Country Gentleman, Vol. LXXXI, nos 31-39, July 27, 1916, - September 23, 1916. (Serial)

 

The Grip of Evil by Louis Tracy serialized in 14 instalments, Boston Sunday Herald, Jul 16, 1916-Oct 15, 1916. [Novelization of the Series of Photoplays of the same name,

 Released by Pathe. Tracy wrote the scenario for this serial.](Serial)

 

The Yellow Menace by Louis Tracy serialized in 15 instalments, Boston Sunday Herald, Sep 3, 1916-Dec 17, 1916. [Novelization of the movie serial of the same name. Original scenario by Louis Tracy and Aubrey M. Kennedy](Serial)

 

“The Correct Formula” by Louis Tracy, Chicago Daily Tribune, Sep 17, 1916.(SS)

 

Number Seventeen: a Mystery of London, London: Cassell & Co., April 1916. pp 343.

 1st US ed: Number Seventeen, New York: E. J. Clode, 1919. 2 p. l., pp 332.

 

The Day of Wrath: A Romance of the Great War, London, Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, July 1916. pp 251.

 1st Canadian ed: The Day of Wrath: A Romance of the Great War, Toronto: Musson, nd. pp 251.

 1st US ed: The Day of Wrath : A Story of 1914, New York: E. J. Clode, 1916. pp 280.

 

The Postmaster's Daughter, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1916. pp 309.

 1st UK ed: The Postmaster's Daughter, London: Cassell & Co. [June 1917.] pp 308.

 

1917

 

“England’s Writers Bowed Down by War,” interview/article by Louis Tracy published in New York Times, 28 Jan 1917 p 12.

 

“For a Day of Prayer,” letter to editor by Louis Tracy published in New York Times, 30 July 1917 p 8.

 

"How 'Lofty' Came to Earth" by Louis Tracy in All Story Weekly Aug. 4, 1917.(SS)

 

“Heavenly Bliss & Co.” by Louis Tracy in Blue Book Magazine, Sept 1917.(SS)

 

Edited & with Introduction by Louis Tracy, Who's Who in the British War Mission to the United States, 1917, New York : E. J. Clode, 1917. pp xv, 55. (Also revised, 1918.)

 

1918

 

“Father Peter Mary” by Louis Tracy, Chicago Daily Tribune, Jan 13, 1918. (SS)

 

“Whose Money?" by Louis Tracy serialized in All Story Weekly, Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 1918. [See The Winning of Winifred, 1905] (Serial)

 

His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy, serialized in Good Stories (Augusta, ME.) Chapter II was in the Jan 1918 issue, and chapter III in the Feb 1918 issue. Complete serialization dates, not yet confirmed.

 

Number Seventeen by Louis Tracy serialized in Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, June 16-Sept 8, 1918.(Serial)

 

“Great Britain’s Four Years of War,” article by Louis Tracy published in New York Times, 4 Aug 1918, p 38.(Ar)

 

“Blow Hot, Blow Cold” by Louis Tracy in All Story Magazine, N. Y., Nov 9 1918, [8 & ½ pp, commencing at 781 of bound volume?] (SS)

 

1920

 

The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley by Louis Tracy serialized in Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, May 30 - July 25, 1920.(Serial)

 

1921

 

“Westminster Abbey,” letter to editor by Louis Tracy about campaign to raise funds for restoration of Westminister Abbey, published in New York Times, 26 July 1921 p 10.

 

 

1922

 

The House of Peril, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1922. pp 348.

 1st UK ed: The Park Lane Mystery, London: Hodder & Stoughton, [July 1924.] pp 320. (Revised)

 Alternate title: No. 77 Park Lane. Unverified.

 

1923

 

The Pelham Affair, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1923. pp 313.

 UK title: The Second Baronet, London: Hodder & Stoughton, [Sept 1923.] pp 318.

 

The Turning Point: New York: Edward J. Clode, 1923. pp 362.

 1st UK ed: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [June 1924.] pp 320.

 

1924

 

The Token, by Louis Tracy, serialized in Munsey’s Magazine, January - May 1924. (Serial)

 

The Passing of Charles Lanson, by Louis Tracy, serialized in Argosy, NY, 30 Aug 1924 - 4 Oct 1924. [ARGOSY ALL-STORY WEEKLY, August 30, 1924, Volume CLXII, Number 5. This issue has the cover illustrated by Stockton Mulford for the story "THE PASSING OF CHARLES LANSON" by Louis Tracy.](Serial)

 

The Token, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1924. pp 314.

 1st UK ed: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [Oct 1924.] pp 311.

 

The Passing of Charles Lanson, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1924. pp 320.

 1st UK ed: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [March 1925.] pp 314.

 

1925

 

The Black Cat by Louis Tracy serialized in Detective Story Magazine, March 14, 1925 to April 11, 1925.

 

The Black Cat, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1925. pp 319.

 UK ed: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [Aug 1925.] pp 320.

 

1926

 

The Law of the Talon by Louis Tracy serialized in 67 installments in the Chicago Daily Tribune from May 10 - July 26, 1926, Sundays excepted.(Serial)

 

The Gleave Mystery, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1926. pp 318. (Dust jacket illustration by Edward C. Caswell)

 1st UK ed: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [Feb 1926.] pp 320.

 

The Law of the Talon, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1926. pp 319. (Dust jacket illustration by Herbert E. Fouts)

 1st UK ed: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [Aug 1926.] pp 312.

 

1927

 

A Mysterious Disappearance by Louis Tracy serialized in Detective Story Magazine, Oct. 25, 1927 to Nov. 19, 1927.(Serial)

The Woman in the Case by Louis Tracy serialized in 62 installments in the Chicago Daily Tribune from Nov. 20, 1927 through Jan 30, 1928, Sundays excepted, except for the start date.(Serial)

 

The Third Miracle: being some account of certain strange adventures which befell an American Rhodes Scholar in England last year, London: Hodder & Stoughton, [March 1927.] pp 314.

 US title: The Lastingham Murder, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1929. pp 304. (Dust jacket illustration by Edward C. Caswell)

 

The Women in the Case, London: Hodder & Stoughton [July 1927.] pp 312.

 1st US ed: New York: Edward J. Clode, 1928. pp 316.

 

1928

 

The One Girl in a Million, London: Hodder & Stoughton, [March 1928.] pp 315.

 US title: The Manning-Burke Murder, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1930. pp 320. (Dust jacket illustration by Edward C. Caswell)

 

 

"What would You have Done?" London: Hodder & Stoughton, [Sept 1928.] pp 312.

 US title: The Sandling Case, New York: Edward J. Clode, 1931. pp 318.

 

 

Death of Louis Tracy: 13 August 1928

 

 

Sources, Acknowledgments, and Limitations

 

Few bibliographies are created from whole cloth. This checklist is no different. My primary sources have been the Louis Tracy checklists prepared jointly by Norman Lamb and A. Reynolds Morse, published in Morse’s The Works of M. P. Shiel, Vol III, The Shielography Updated, part 2, Cleveland: The Reynolds Morse Foundation, 1980, pp 777-848. Lamb’s lists of characters were particularly valuable in helping to identify alternative titles between UK & US editions. Details of first English editions not covered by Lamb have been taken primarily from The English Catalog of Books, Vols V - XII, London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co, 1898. et seq, supplemented by on-line examination of the Tracy holdings of the British Museum, the Reynolds Morse Shiel Collection at Olin Library, Rollins College, Florida, and other sources.

 

While this checklist comprises the most comprehensive listing of Tracy’s first book editions and alternate titles compiled to date, it remains very much a work in progress. It seems likely that most of Tracy’s novels published before at least 1920 had prior serializations in England, but, with exception of Pearson’s Weekly, few of the likely daily or weekly papers of the era have been indexed. While the same general lack of indexes also applies to most American papers of the era which routinely ran fiction, the better coverage of American serials is almost entirely the result of the independent research which Victor Berch has conducted for decades. The value of his contributions to this checklist, and the accompanying essay on Louis Tracy, cannot be overstated. I also wish to thank Harold Billings and Denny Lien for various suggestions, corrections and advice.

 

Another project in process is likely to reveal additional Tracy citations in some of the better monthly fiction magazines of the period. Mike Ashley and William G. Contento are compiling an Index to British Popular Fiction Magazines, 1880-1950, to be published in six hardcover volumes and a cumulative CD-ROM by The British Library, National Bibliographic Service. Details are available on line at http://users.ev1.net/~homeville/fictionmag/blindex.htm.

 


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