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The author of the book: Sax Rohmer
Edition: Allison & Busby Limited
Date of issue: 1998
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Contains: "The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu", "The Devil Doctor", "The Si-Fan Mysteries".
Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, a close-shaven skull and long cat-green eyes.
Out of the East comes this embodiment of terror, danger and the macabre, driving death before him in his relentless pursuit of his goal - to achieve dominion over the West. Those who knew him trembled and bowed before the name of - Fu Manchu.
Since 1913, Sax Rohmer's tales of the sinister Dr Fu Manchu have delighted readers and cinema-goers alike. But for over twenty-five years they have been out of print. Now for the first time in omnibus editions, three novels in one, Allison & Busby is reissuing all the Fu Manchu stories. Hereis the first containing:
"The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu": Sir Chrichton Davey lies dead. Under the sleeve of his smoking jacket, among the tracks of cocaine needles, is a red mark like the imprint of painted lips - the deadly Zayat Kiss. The power of Fu Manchu is far reaching and only his arch enemy, Nayland Smith, and his trusted companion, Dr Petrie, can combat this evil genius of the Orient.
"The Devil Doctor": Again the mysterious and malevolent Doctor sheds his yellow light upon the populace of England. The Reverend Eltham returns to England with the name of a secret correspondent in China. He is followed by Fu Manchu, who is willing to use all his diabolical powers to get this information - but Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie are there to thwart him.
"The Si-Fan Mysteries": The murder of Sir Gregory Hale, home from India with a vital message for Nayland Smith, sets Smith and Petrie once more on the track of the Devil Doctor, leading to the unravelling of a malignant and fantastic plot to dominate the world.
Praise for Fu Manchu:
"Good reading and high-class escapism" - Irish Times
"These long-awaited reprints make my heart sing: they should find generations of new readers" - Christopher Fowler, Time Out
"The stories are well plotted, move with speed and purpose, and the dialogue is credible and crisply written" - Irish Times
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Read information about the authorAKA Arthur Sarsfield Ward (real name); Michael Furey.
Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (15 February 1883 - 1 June 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.
Born in Birmingham to a working class family, Rohmer initially pursued a career as a civil servant before concentrating on writing full-time.
He worked as a poet, songwriter, and comedy sketch writer in Music Hall before creating the Sax Rohmer persona and pursuing a career writing weird fiction.
Like his contemporaries Algernon Blackwood and Arthur Machen, Rohmer claimed membership to one of the factions of the qabbalistic Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Rohmer also claimed ties to the Rosicrucians, but the validity of his claims has been questioned. His physician and family friend, Dr. R. Watson Councell may have been his only legitimate connection to such organizations. It is believed that Rohmer may have exaggerated his association in order to boost his literary reputation as an occult writer.
His first published work came in 1903, when the short story The Mysterious Mummy was sold to Pearson's Weekly. He gradually transitioned from writing for Music Hall performers to concentrating on short stories and serials for magazine publication. In 1909 he married Rose Elizabeth Knox.
He published his first novel Pause! anonymously in 1910. After penning Little Tich in 1911 (as ghostwriter for the Music Hall entertainer) he issued the first Fu Manchu novel, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, was serialized from October 1912 - June 1913. It was an immediate success with its fast-paced story of Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the 'Yellow Peril'. The Fu Manchu stories, together with his more conventional detective series characters—Paul Harley, Gaston Max, Red Kerry, Morris Klaw, and The Crime Magnet—made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.
Rohmer also wrote several novels of supernatural horror, including Brood of the Witch-Queen. Rohmer was very poor at managing his wealth, however, and made several disastrous business decisions that hampered him throughout his career. His final success came with a series of novels featuring a female variation on Fu Manchu, Sumuru.
After World War II, the Rohmers moved to New York only returning to London shortly before his death. Rohmer died in 1959 due to an outbreak of influenza ("Asian Flu").
There were thirteen books in the Fu Manchu series in all (not counting the posthumous The Wrath of Fu Manchu. The Sumuru series consist of five books.
His wife published her own mystery novel, Bianca in Black in 1954 under the pen name, Elizabeth Sax Rohmer. Some editions of the book mistakenly credit her as Rohmer's daughter. Elizabeth Sax Rohmer and Cay Van Ash, her husband's former assistant, wrote a biography of the author, Master of Villainy, published in 1972.
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