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A-Z of Pseudonyms and the Writers Who Use Them, with brief notes. Pseudonyms included here are: Anthony North, Flann O'Brien, Peter O'Flinn, Jonathan Oldstyle, George Orwell, Clifton Owen, Pacificator, Richard Paige, Jordan Park, Peter Parley, Samuel Pepys Jr, Anna Percival, S.H. Peters, Eric Jens Petersen, Honorius Philoponus, Watty Piper, Jean Plaidy, Claudes Ponti, The Postman, J.L. Powers, Ellery Queen, Ken Ranger, R. Raymond, Richard Rayner and Ray Razzberry.

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In my A-Z of Pseudonyms and the Writers Who Use Them the pseudonym appears first, arranged alphabetically by surname (where there is one). This is followed by the writer’s actual name, lifespan and some brief explanatory notes. Entries are arranged over several pages and, as I am using a database to store the information, the list will be expanded periodically:

This page covers pseudonyms with surnames beginning with: No to Ra

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Pseudonyms and the Writers Who Use Them:

  • North, Anthony
    • Koontz, Dean
    • 1945-
    • American writer of suspense thrillers
    • Koontz has used numerous pseudonyms
    • His first published book as Anthony North was Strike Deep (1974)
  • O'Brien, Flann
    • O'Nolan, Brian
    • 1911-1966
    • A key Irish writer of modernist and post-modernist literature
    • As Flann O'Brien his first novel was At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
  • O'Flinn, Peter
    • Fanthorpe, Robert Lionel
    • 1935-
    • Robert Fanthorpe was a writer of pulp fiction novels and short story collections, many published by Badger Books
    • He used this pseudonym for short stories
  • Oldstyle, Jonathan
    • Irving, Washington
    • 1783-1859
    • Irving Washington was an American essayist and short story writer
    • He used numerous pseudonyms
    • He wrote letters to the Morning Chronicle as Jonathan Oldstyle
  • Orwell, George
    • Blair, Eric Arthur
    • 1903-1950
    • Novelist and essayist best known for the novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
  • Owen, Clifton
    • Hamilton, Charles
    • 1876-1961
    • Hamilton used this pseudonym for writing in Diamond Library and Jack's Paper
    • Charles Hamilton was known to use many pseudonyms including Frank Richards (Billy Bunter Books)
  • Pacificator
    • Bacon, Leonard
    • 1802-1881
    • American preacher who was the great grandfather of the poet of the same name
    • He wrote The Nail On the Head (1862)
  • Paige, Richard
    • Koontz, Dean
    • 1945-
    • American writer of suspense thrillers
    • Koontz has used numerous pseudonyms
    • His first published book as Richard Paige was The Door to December (1985)
  • Park, Jordan
    • Pohl, Frederik George (Jr)
    • 1919-2013
    • Award winning American science fiction writer who used a number of pseudonyms
    • The Jordan Park pseudonym was used for a collaborative book with Cyril M. Kornbluth: Sorority House (1956)
  • Parley, Peter
    • Goodrich, Samuel Griswold
    • 1793-1860
    • American writer
    • The Peter Parley name brought him into conflict with British writer George Mogridge, who used the same pseudonym
    • Goodrich's publications as Parley included Illustrated Natural History of the Animal Kingdom (1859)
  • Parley, Peter
    • Mogridge, George
    • 1787-1854
    • Writer of poetry, children's books and religious tracts
    • The Peter Parley name brought him into conflict with American author Samuel Griswold Goodrich, who used the same pseudonym
  • Pepys, Samuel Jr
    • Bennett, Robert Augustus
    • 1855-1929
    • Unrelated to the original Samuel Pepys
    • Bennett shared this pseudonym with Robert Freeman to produce a three volume work about the first world war: The last Diary of the Great Warr (1919)
  • Pepys, Samuel Jr
    • Freeman, Robert Massie
    • 1866-1949
    • Unrelated to the original Samuel Pepys
    • Freeman shared this pseudonym with Robert Bennett to produce a three volume work about the first world war: The Last Diary of the Great Warr (1919)

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  • Percival, Anna
    • Hibbert, Eleanor Alice (née Burford)
    • 1906-1993
    • A prolific writer
    • Hibbert wrote in a number of different genres, using different pen names for each
    • As Anna Percival she wrote The Brides of Lanlory (1960)
  • Peters, S.H.
    • Porter, William Sydney
    • 1862-1910
    • American short story writer and poet
    • Best known for the O. Henry Award
    • He used numerous pseudonyms
    • As S.H. Peters he wrote stories including At Arms with Morpheus (1903)
  • Petersen, Eric Jens
    • Jacob, Henry Edward
    • 1889-1967
    • German-American journalist and writer who also used Henry E. Jacob and Heinrich Eduard Jacob pseudonyms
    • As Petersen his credits included the novella Who Called You Here (1942)
  • Philoponus, Honorius
    • Plautius, Caspar
    • ?? 1600s
    • Benedictine monk who wrote Nova typis transacta navigatio novi orbis Indiæ occidentalis, published in 1621
  • Piper, Watty
    • Munk, Arnold
    • 1888-1957
    • Writer and editor for numerous children's books, particularly for the publisher Platt and Munk
  • Plaidy, Jean
    • Hibbert, Eleanor Alice (née Burford)
    • 1906-1993
    • A prolific writer
    • Hibbert wrote in a number of different genres, using different pen names for each
    • As Jean Plaidy she mainly wrote novels of European royalty including Katharine, The Virgin Widow (1961)
  • Ponti, Claudes
    • Ponticelli, Claude
    • 1948-
    • French writer and illustrator of books for children
    • His books include La Lune, la Grenouille et le Noir (1989)
  • Postman, The
    • Porter, William Sydney
    • 1862-1910
    • American short story writer and poet
    • Best known for the O. Henry Award
    • He used numerous pseudonyms
    • As The Postman he wrote A Tragedy (1896)
  • Powers, J.L.
    • Glasby, John Stephen
    • 1928-2011
    • Prolific writer of pulp fiction (sci-fi, espionage, westerns and romance), including for Badger Books
    • As J.L. Powers he wrote Black Abyss (1960)
  • Queen, Ellery
    • Dannay, Frederick
    • 1905-1982
    • Created the fictional character Ellery Queen in conjunction with Manfred Bennington Lee
    • Ellery Queen was also used by them as a pseudonym
    • The two men, who were cousins, also used the pseudonym Barnaby Ross for four novels including The Tragedy Of X (1932)
  • Queen, Ellery
    • Lee, Manfred Bennington
    • 1905-1971
    • Created the fictional character Ellery Queen in conjunction with Frederick Dannay
    • Ellery Queen was also used as their pseudonym
    • The two men, who were cousins, also used the pseudonym Barnaby Ross for four novels including The Tragedy Of X (1932)
  • Ranger, Ken
    • Creasey, John
    • 1908-1973
    • English writer of crime, western and romance novels with a prolific output of over 600 novels
    • He used many pseudonyms
    • As Ken Ranger he wrote a couple of western novels including One-Shot Marriott (1938)
  • Raymond, R.
    • Raymond, René Lodge Brabazon
    • 1905-1985
    • Prolific writer of crime thrillers
    • As R. Raymond he stepped into non-fiction with Slipstream: A Royal Air Force Anthology (1946)
    • Raymond also wrote as James Hadley Chase, Raymond Marshall, James L. Docherty and Ambrose Grant
  • Rayner, Richard
    • McIlwain, David
    • 1921-1981
    • Popular 1950/60s British fiction writer
    • Mcilwain used three pseudonyms: Eric Charles Maine, Richard Rayner and Robert Wade
    • The Richard Rayner pseudonym was used for a number of mystery books including The Trouble With Ruth (1960)
  • Razzberry, Ray
    • Lupoff, Richard Allen
    • 1935-2020
    • American sci-fi, mystery and horror writer
    • This was apparently one of Lupoff's pseudonyms, although I have been unable to find it in use

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