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The Romance of the Secret Service Fund

Six spy-stories published in the US edition of Pearson’s Magazine, Jul-Dec 1900. This series features Newton Moore, the top agent of a fictitious branch of the British War Office called “The Secret Service Fund.” All of the stories in this series were illustrated by Victor Venner. Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, War & Military


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, War & Military

The Four Days’ Night

Another in the “Doom of London” series, in which the author sounds a clarion call of potential disasters that may fall upon the great city. Here he relates a tale of air pollution. Excerpt: They crawled along through the black suffocating darkness, feeble, languid, and sweating at every pore. There was a murky closeness in […]


Genre: Drama, Fiction, Short Stories

A Bubble Burst

How a Stock Exchange Scare Dislocated the Life of the Empire For Two Days, a story in the “Doom of London” series in which the author sounds the clarion call of potential disasters that my befall the great city. Here, it is the tale of an investment “bubble”, an irrational exuberance for buying shares of […]


Genre: Drama, Fiction, Short Stories

The Invisible Force

A Story of What Might Happen In the Days to Come, When Underground London is Tunnelled In all Directions for Electric Railways, If an Explosion Should Take Place In One of the Tubes. A short story in the “Doom of London” series. Excerpts: There was a sudden splitting crack as if a thousand rifles had […]


Genre: Drama, Fiction, Short Stories

The Four White Days

Fred M. White published this fictional story in 1903 about London in the grip of a severe 4-day arctic snow-storm, showing the hardships and consequences for which the city was unprepared, including price gouging and angry mobs. Actually, the “The history of British winters” page at www.netweather.tv shows many severe winters, including this dramatic entry: […]


Genre: Drama, Fiction

The Master Criminal

A collection of 12 stories published serially in The Ludgate, London, Jun 1897 to May 1898, in which the criminal mastermind, Felix Gryde, conducts his nefarious criminal work — theft, kidnapping, ransom, assassination, fraud — and he never gets caught. The author’s introduction: “The history of famous detectives, imaginary and otherwise, has frequently been written, […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Short Stories

The River of Death: A Tale of London In Peril

Another in the “Doom of London” series, in which the author sounds a clarion call of potential disasters that may fall upon the great city. Here he relates a tale of environmental contamination leading to a medical panic. London in a year of severe drought; water level in the Thames river extremely low, blazing heat […]


Genre: Fiction, Thrillers