The Mysterious Mummy, Rohmer`s first published work in 1903,
plus six other short stories
Sax Rohmer (English Sax Rohmer , real name - Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward, Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward ) February 15, 1883 - 1959 Published also as Michael Furey (Michael Furey). Arthur Henry Ward was born in Birmingham on February 15, 1883 into an Irish family, his father was a minor official. At the age of 18, he added the name Sarsfield to his full name because his mother believed that one of her ancestors was the famous 17th century Irish warlord Peter Sarsfield. As a child, Arthur Henry Ward did not receive a formal education, and entered school at the age of 10. After graduation, he was interrupted by odd jobs, but even as a child he dreamed of becoming a writer. He was briefly a bank clerk at Threadneedle Street, then a clerk at a gas company, an errand boy at a small local newspaper, and a reporter for the weekly Commercial Intelligence. After a short trip to the continent, he continued to write for newspapers and magazines and for the theater world: he wrote poetry,...
Sax Rohmer (English Sax Rohmer , real name - Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward, Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward ) February 15, 1883 - 1959 Published also as Michael Furey (Michael Furey). Arthur Henry Ward was born in Birmingham on February 15, 1883 into an Irish family, his father was a minor official. At the age of 18, he added the name Sarsfield to his full name because his mother believed that one of her ancestors was the famous 17th century Irish warlord Peter Sarsfield. As a child, Arthur Henry Ward did not receive a formal education, and entered school at the age of 10. After graduation, he was interrupted by odd jobs, but even as a child he dreamed of becoming a writer. He was briefly a bank clerk at Threadneedle Street, then a clerk at a gas company, an errand boy at a small local newspaper, and a reporter for the weekly Commercial Intelligence. After a short trip to the continent, he continued to write for newspapers and magazines and for the theater world: he wrote poetry, songs (and sometimes music) and comedy sketches, and in 1903 he published his first story with the characteristic title "The Mysterious Mummy" ... His first works were published under the name A. Sarsfield Ward or anonymous. The pseudonym Sachs Romer appeared in 1908. In 1909 he married Rose Elizabeth Knox, the daughter of a famous comic actor at the time. For two years they hid their marriage and continued to live in their own family. Elizabeth was fond of the occult and the story is known of how she and Sachs Romer asked for spirits with the help of a fortune-telling board how to get rich and become famous. A series of action-packed novels about the sinister genius Dr. Fu Manchu, the Asian crime genius and the personification of universal evil, "cool" detective stories with numerous fantastic elements, brought real fame to the writer. The brilliantly gifted and brilliantly educated hero Romer "speaks all civilized languages and most of the barbaric", learned "all the sciences and arts that can be studied in the best universities", he is an adherent of secret knowledge and a sophisticated master of intrigue, in his arsenal of criminal means are hired killers and beautiful spies, pythons and cobras, poisonous mushrooms and deadly bacilli. This "spiritual giant", according to the definition of one of Romer`s characters, of course, can only strive for world domination. The first novel about Fu Manchu was published in 1913, but Romer devoted more than a dozen novels and stories to this criminal titan, including those published posthumously. Fu Manchi is one of the most popular literary characters. Based on works about Fu Manchi from the 1920s. more than 40 films were shot, famous actors - Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers were filmed in film adaptations. In between, the writer smartly wrote detective and adventure novels and stories, created a whole crowd of detectives - Gaston Max, Paul Harley, Major Bernard de Treville. Romer is considered one of the founders of the "occult detective" genre, which was previously addressed by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, William H. Hodgson and other authors. In Maurice Klau, the writer, without thinking twice, portrayed a positive double of Fu Manchu. Maurice Klough - a man of indeterminate age and indeterminate origin, fanned by a mystical aura, a "researcher of the ethereal boundaries", finds a detective clue with the help of his dreams and visions. The stories about Maurice Klough were first published in Nos. 49–58 of The New Magazine (April 1913-January 1914). They composed The Dream Detective series and were first published as a separate edition in 1920. Was Romer an occultist or was he simply using popular esoteric motives? According to the only biography of the writer, compiled by his wife (by then a widow) Elizabeth, co-authored with Romer`s former student and secretary, Cay Van Ash, Romer was a member of a number of occult societies, including the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he met Aleister Crowley: “Some of the things that Sachs learned in these societies were probably used in his writing. What exactly he learned remains a mystery. Without a doubt, he diligently studied this dark area of knowledge and engaged in some practical experiments, and never stopped doing this, but was unable to lead a strictly ascetic life befitting an "adept." In the end, he left the mentioned societies and nevertheless faithfully kept their secrets, never spoke of his membership [in occult societies] even to Elizabeth, and his contacts with them became known only after his death "(Van Ash. Cay & Rohmer , Elizabeth Sax. Master of Villainy: A Biography of Sax Rohmer, 1972). Other members of the "Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn" in different years were such notorious people as Bram Stoker, Gustav Meyrink and William Butler Yeats. Many believe, however, that Romer deliberately exaggerated the degree of his occult "devotion" and spread the corresponding rumors, inflating his own literary reputation ... Be that as it may, he wrote a number of "supernatural" horror novels and released the work "Romance of Sorcery" (The Romance of Sorcery, 1914) - a historical sketch of esotericism from Apollonius of Tyana to Nostradamus, John Dee, Cagliostro and Madame Blavatsky. Romer worked a lot in the genres of mysticism (the book "Brood of the Witch Queen" was highly appreciated by H. F. Lovecraft), detective, adventure (usually with an oriental flavor), fantasy, and most often - at the junction of these genres. He also wrote under the pseudonym Michael Fury (Fury is the maiden name of the writer`s mother). If we add to this numerous radio plays and film adaptations of novels about Fu Manchu, one can understand why in the 1920s and 1930s. Romer has become one of the most successful and highly paid authors in the English-speaking world. Together with his wife, he visited Jamaica, in his beloved Egypt, traveled to the Middle East, built a mansion in Surrey, but after a while lost most of his fortune due to imprudent financial investments and an irresistible craving for the green tables of Monte Carlo. After World War II, Romer moved to New York. In 1955, he sold the film and radio rights to his works for more than $ 4 million. Sachs Romer died in White Plains (New York) on June 1, 1959 of pneumonia, after suffering the flu. Fu Manchu continues to live - in popular culture, in music, films and successor novels written already in our 21st century. Numerous descendants of Maurice Klough are also alive: with the light hand of Sachs Romer and his associates, detectives endowed with unusual psychic abilities have long become a common place in books and television series. Fan site for fans - http://www.njedge.net/~knapp/FuManchu.htm. Wikipedia , Wikipedia , Sax Rohmer (Bio), IMDb , Science Fiction Laboratory , A. Sherman (foreword). Bibliography Series Fu Manchu - Fu Manchu 1913 - 1. The Mystery of Dr Fu-Manchu (aka The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu) - Sinister Doctor Fu Manchu 1916 - 2. The Devil Doctor (aka The Return of Dr Fu-Manchu) - The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu 1917 - 3. The Si-Fan Mysteries (aka The Hand of Fu-Manchu) - Hand of Dr. Fu Manchu 1931 - 4. The Daughter of Fu Manchu - Daughter of Dr. Fu Manchu 1932 - 5. The Mask of Fu Manchu 1933 - 6. Fu Manchu`s Bride (aka The Bride of Fu Manchu) - Bride of Dr. Fu Manchu 1934 - 7. The Trail of Fu Manchu 1936 - 8. President Fu Manchu - President of Fu Manchu 1939 - 9. The Drums of Fu Manchu 1941 - 10. The Island of Fu Manchu - Island of Dr. Fu Manchu 1948 - 11. The Shadow of Fu Manchu 1957 - 12. Re-Enter Fu Manchu (aka Re-Enter Dr Fu Manchu) 1959 - 13. Emperor Fu Manchu 1973 - 14. The Wrath of Fu Manchu: And Other Stories 1929 - The Book of Fu-Manchu (omnibus) Gaston Max - Gaston Max 1915 - 1. The Yel low Claw 1919 - 2. The Golden Scorpion 1930 - 3. The Day the World Ended 1943 - 4. Seven Sins Red Kerry 1919 - 1. Dope: A Story of Chinatown and the Drug Traffic 1925 - 2. Yellow Shadows Paul Harley 1921 - 1. Bat-Wing 1921 - 2. Fire-Tongue Sumuru 1951 - 2. Sumuru (aka Slaves of Sumuru) 1952 - 3. Virgin in Flames (aka The Fire Goddess) 1954 - 4. Return of Sumura (aka Sand and Satin) 1956 - 5. Sinister Madonna Novels 1910 - Pause! (published anonymously) 1916 - The Exploits of Captain O`Hagan 1918 - The Orchard of Tears 1918 - Brood of the Witch Queen 1919 - The Quest of the Sacred Slipper 1920 - The Green Eyes of Bast 1924 - Gray Face 1927 - Moon of Madness 1928 - She Who Sleeps 1929 - The Emperor of America 1932 - Yu`an Hee See Laughs 1935 - The Bat Flies Low 1936 - White Velvet 1944 - Egyptian Nights (aka Bimbashi Baruk of Egypt) 1949 - Hangover House 1950 - Nude in Mink ( aka 1. Sins of Sumuru) 1950 - Wulfheim (writing as Michael Furey) 1954 - The Moon Is Red Omnibus 1938 - The Golden Scorpion Omnibus 1938 - The Sax Rohmer Omnibus 1983 - Sax Rohmer`s Collected Novels 1996 - The Fu-Manchu Omnibus, Volume 1 1997 - The Fu-Manchu Omnibus, Volume 2 1998 - The Fu-Manchu Omnibus, Volume 3 1999 - The Fu-Manchu Omnibus, Volume 4 1999 - The Fu-Manchu Omnibus, Volume 5 [b ] Collections 1914 - The Sins of Severac Bablon 1918 - Tales of Secret Egypt 1920 - The Haunting of Low Fennel 1920 - The Dream Detective - С drinking detective 1922 - Tales of Chinatown 1932 - Tales of East and West 1939 - Salute to Bazarada: And Other Stories 1970 - The Secret of Holm Peel: And Other Strange Stories Non fiction 1911 - Little Tich: A Book of Travels (and Wanderings) (with Little Tich) 1914 - The Romance of Sorcery - Romance of Sorcery Anthologies containing stories by Sax Rohmer Fifty Enthralling Stories of the Mysterious East 1928 - Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 1st Series 1934 - The Mystery Book 1935 - A Century of Thrillers 2nd Series 1970 - Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Month of Mystery Book 2 1972 - The 7th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories 1974 - Christopher Lee`s New Chamber of Horrors 1974 - A Little Night Reading 1976 - Tales of Unknown Horror 1983 - Fifty Famous Detectives of Fiction 1989 - Into the Mummy`s Tomb Short stories 1903 - The Mysterious Mummy (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1904 - A Letter Intercepted ( writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1904 - The Green Spider (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1904 - The Leopard-Couch (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1905 - The Mystery of the Marsh Hole (aka The Mystery of Marsh Hole) (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1905 - Who Was the Rajah (The History of a Gigantic Hoax) (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1906 - The M`Villin (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1909 - The Death of Cyrus Pettigrew (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1909 - The Sedgley Abbey Tragedies (writing as A. Sarsfield Ward) 1910 - A Grain of Dust (published anonymously) 1910 - Feet of Clay (published anonymously) 1910 - He That Hath Eyes (published anonymously) 1910 - Holy Fire (published anonymously) 1910 - Idolatry (published anonymously) 1910 - Justice (published anonymously) 1910 - Pan and the Pagan (published anonymously) 1910 - Quetzalcoatl (published anonymously) 1910 - Sebek-Ra (published anonymously) 1910 - The Bronze Mirror (published anonymously) 1910 - The Socialist (published anonymously) 1910 - The Spirit Visible (published ano nymously) 1910 - Tumuli and Roses (published anonymously) 1910 - Under the Cloak (published anonymously) 1910 - What Is, Is (published anonymously) 1912 - A House Possessed - Possessed House 1912 - The Secret of Holm Peel 1913 - A Deal in Wheat 1913 - The Blue Rajah (aka Case of the Blue Rajah, The Blue Rajah Diamond) 1913 - The Chord in G (aka Case of the Chord in G) 1913 - The Crusader`s Ax (= The Crusader`s Ax; Case of the Crusader`s Ax) 1913 - The Haunting of Grange (aka Case of the Haunting of Grange) 1913 - The Headless Mummies (aka Case of the Headless Mummies; The Episode of the Headless Mummies) 1913 - The Ivory Statue (aka Case of the Ivory Statue) 1913 - The Potsherd of Anubis (aka Case of the Potsherd of Anubis) 1913 - The Tragedies in the Greek Room (aka Case of the Tragedies in the Greek Room; In the Greek Room) 1913 - The Whispering Poplars ( aka Case of the Whispering Poplars) 1914 - Black Roger (aka For Love of Mistress Mary) 1914 - Narky 1914 - The Broom of the Desert [aka The Turquoise Necklace, Turquoise Death) 1914 - The Cat 1914 - The Crouching Man (aka The Ten-Thirty Folkestone Express; 10:30 Folkestone Express; The Mystery of the 10:30 Folkestone) 1914 - The Veil of Isis (aka Case of the Veil of Isis] 1915 - Haroun Pasha (aka Harûn Pasha] 1915 - The Haunting of Low Fennel (aka Nightmare House) 1916 - Exploit the Fifth: He Deals with Don Juan 1916 - Exploit the First: He Patronises Pamela (aka He Patronises Pamela) 1916 - Exploit the Fourth: He Buries an Old Love 1916 - Exploit the Second: He Clears the Course for True Love 1916 - Exploit the Sixth: He Honors the Grand Duke 1916 - Exploit the Third: He Meets the Leopard Lady 1916 - In the Valley of the Sorceress (aka The Valley of the Sorceress) 1916 - Lure of Souls 1916 - The Camera Mystery 1916 - The Haunted Temple (aka The Treasure of Taia, The Temple of Medînet Habû) 1916 - The Key of the Temple of Heaven (aka The Red Eye of Vishnu) 1916 - The Pigtail of Hi Wing Ho 1916 - The Red Robe (aka The Cardinal`s Stair) 1917 - Lord of the Jackals 1917 The Death-Ring of Sneferu (aka The Death Ring) 1917 - The Secret of Ismail 1917 - The Valley of the Just 1918 - Breath of Allah (aka The Breath of Allah) 1918 - Omar of Ispahan 1918 - Pomegranate Flower 1918 - The Curse of a Thousand Kisses 1918 - The Lady of the Lattice 1918 - The Master of Hollow Grange 1918 - The Whispering Mummy 1918 - The Yashmak of P earls 1920 Tcheriapin (aka Dr. Kreener`s Last Experiment) 1920 - The Blue Monkey 1920 - The Dance of the Veils 1920 - The Hand of the Mandarin Quong (aka Hand of the White Sheikh, The Mystery of the Shriveled Hand) 1920 - The House of Golden Joss (aka The House of the Golden Joss, House of Golden Death) 1920 - The Man with the Shaven Skull (aka Skull Face) 1920 -The Riddle of Ragstaff 1920 - The White Hat 1920 - White Slave Girls of East End Chinatown 1921 - The Daughter of Huang Chow 1922 - Kerry`s Kid (aka The Golden Doll) 1922 - The Black Mandarin 1922 - The Dyke Grange Mystery 1923 - The Voice of Káli 1924 - Red Mist 1925 - The Carpet of Golden Hearts 1928 - She Who Sleeps 1929 - Fires of Baal 1930 - At the Palace da Nostra 1930 - Limehouse 1930 - Sheba`s Love Pearls 1930 - The Father of Thieves 1930 - Torture [= Two Brave Hearts] 1931 - Mark of the Monkey 1931 - Midnight Rendevous (aka One Syrian Night) 1931 - The Squirrel Man 1932 - Light of Atlantis 1932 - Spirit of the Black Hawk 1932 - The Turkish Yataghan 1936 - Affair of Honor 1936 - Limehouse Rhapsody (aka Salute to Limehouse) 1937 - About Claire (writing as "Potter of Portland Place") 1937 - An Egyptian Romance (aka The Imprisoned Prince) 1937 - Death of Boris Korsakov 1937 - The Black and White Bag (aka The Mystery in the Black and White Bag) 1937 - The Broken Ikon (aka Terror in Council) 1937 - The Jade Serpent 1937 - The Red Doctor 1938 - Black Magic 1938 - Cinderella`s Slipper 1938 - Count D`Ambra`s Widow 1938 - Death in the King`s Room 1938 - On the Red Road to Aleppo 1938 - The Dutch Cheese 1938 - The Five Musketeers 1938 - The Mummy of Cleopatra (aka The Mummy that Walked) 1938 - The Panama Plot 1938 - The Persian Portfolio 1939 - Exit the Princess 1939 - The Elusive Jackdaw 1939 - The Mystery of the Panelled Room (aka The Fifth Medallion) 1939 - The Mystic Turban 1939 - The Treasure Chest Murders 1941 - A Heart in Her Hands (aka Mystery Strikes at Ragstaff Hill; A Case of Chinchilla) 1941- Four and Twenty Cobblers (aka Murder Strikes at Lychgate; A Double Headed Case) 1941 - The Bimbashi Meets Up with A 14 (aka Pool-O`-the-Moon) 1942 - Blue Anemones (aka Deadly Plot of Mr. Ko, Lotus Yuan Loses Her Vanity Case) 1942 - Brother Wing Commanders 1942 - Laughing Buddha (aka The Laughing Buddha; The Laughing Buddha Finds a Purchaser) 1942 - The Man Who Killed Blackbirds (aka Vengeance at the Lily Pool) 1942 - The Scarab of Lapis Lazuli (aka Serpent Wind) 1944 - Adventure in the Libyan Desert 1944 - Pool-o`-the-Moon Sees Bimbashi Baruk 1944 - The Mark of Maat 1944 - The Oversized Trunk 1944 - The Stolen Peach-Stone 1944 - Warning from Rose of the Desert 1945 - The Secret of the Ruins 1948 - The Mysterious Harem 1948 - The Owl Hoots Twice 1948 - The Picture of Innocence 1949 - Jamaican Rose 1949 - Moon Over the Sphinx 1949 - Seventeen Lotus Blossoms 1950 - A Broken Blade (aka The Broken Blade) 1950 - A Date at Shepheard`s 1950 - Cease Play at Eleven 19 50 - Crime Takes a Cruise 1951 - Flee from Danger 1951 - Kiss of the Scorpion 1951 - One Brother was Evil 1951 - XYZ Calls 1952 - The Wrath of Fu Manchu (aka Green Devil Mask) 1953 - The Mystery of the Fabulous Lamp 1953 - The Mystery of the Vanishing Treasure 1954 - The Bride`s Dungeon 1954 - The Bride`s Dungeon 1955 - The Fugitive Celebrity 1956 - Case of the Missing Heirloom (aka The Malmsey Jewel) 1956 - Clair de Lune 1957 - Death is My Hostess 1957 - The Eyes of Fu Manchu (aka Eyes of Fu Manchu) - Eyes of Dr. Fu Manchu 1958 - Deadly Blonde of Dartmoor (aka Flight to Danger, Escape to Peril) 1958 - The Word of Fu Manchu (aka The Night Fu Manchu Learned Fear) 1959 - The Mind of Fu Manchu (aka Fu Manchu and the Frightened Redhead; Secret of the Flying Saucer) 1966 - The Green Scarab 1966 - The Night of the Jackal (aka The Rubber-faced Man) 1970 - Bazarada The Ebony Casket Books about Sax Rohmer 1972 - Master of Villainy: A Biography of Sax Rohmer by Cay Van Ash and Elizabeth Sax Rohmer 2002 - For further reading: Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers by Lee Server