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Author photo. Photo from The War Illustrated, 31 July 1915, <i>via</i> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Onions">Wikipedia</a>

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Oliver Onions (1873–1961)

Author of The Dead of Night: The Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions

Includes the names: Oliver Onion, Oliver Onions

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Oliver Onions (1873-1961), English novelist; was actually born as Oliver Onions, but later changed his name to George Oliver; all of his works were published under his birth name

Do not confuse with George Oliver (1782-1867), an Anglican minister who wrote on freemasonry and local churches

Widdershins 125 copies
The Beckoning Fair One 86 copies, 5 reviews
In accordance with the evidence 25 copies, 2 reviews
The Complete Bachelor 13 copies, 1 review
Mushroom Town 10 copies
The Dark Descent (Contributor) 616 copies, 13 reviews
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Contributor) 513 copies, 7 reviews
Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 287 copies, 17 reviews
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 275 copies
Famous Ghost Stories (Author) 126 copies, 1 review
The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time (Contributor) 74 copies, 3 reviews
A Fabulous Formless Darkness (Contributor) 61 copies
Great Ghost Stories (Contributor) 59 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 48 copies, 1 review
Ghosts and Things (Contributor) 40 copies, 1 review
Tales of Terror (Contributor) 34 copies, 1 review
The Ghost Book: Sixteen Stories of the Uncanny (Contributor) 31 copies, 1 review
The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories (Contributor) 31 copies, 2 reviews
And the Darkness Falls (Contributor) 22 copies, 1 review
Best Ghost Stories (Contributor, some editions) 21 copies
The Tenth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
Lost Worlds, Unknown Horizons (Contributor) 16 copies
Tales Out of Time (Contributor) 15 copies
The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 15 copies
Paha vieras 15 copies
Specter! A Chrestomathy of Spookery (Contributor) 14 copies
Four Classic Ghostly Tales (Contributor) 13 copies
The Black Cap: New Stories of Murder and Mystery (Contributor) 9 copies, 1 review
Owls' Watch (Contributor) 7 copies
When Churchyards Yawn (Contributor) 6 copies
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George Oliver Onions was born on 13 November 1873 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK, of humble parents. He studied art for three years in London at the National Arts Training Schools (now the Royal College of Art). His interests were motoring and science; and he was also an amateur boxer as a young man. On 1909, he married the also writer Berta Ruck (1878-1978), and they had two sons, Arthur (b. 1912) and William (b. 1913). On 1918, legally changed his name to George Oliver, but continued to publish under the name Oliver Onions. He died on 9 April 1961 in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Originally trained as a commercial artist, Oliver worked as a designer of posters and books, and as a magazine illustrator during the Boer War. Encouraged by the American writer Gelett Burgess, he began writing fiction. The first editions of Oliver Onions's novels were published with dust jackets bearing full-colour illustrations painted by himself. He wrote detective fiction, social comedy, historical fiction and romance novels. But, he is best known for his supernatural and fantasy short-stories and is regarded by many as one of the twentieth century masters of the genre. Interestingly, he was a great pragmatist and did not believe in ghosts or occult agencies of any sort. It is therefore testament to his writing skills that he so convincingly conveys supernatural atmosphere and events.
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Oliver Onions (1873-1961), English novelist; was actually born as Oliver Onions, but later changed his name to George Oliver; all of his works were published under his birth name Do not confuse with George Oliver (1782-1867), an Anglican minister who wrote on freemasonry and local churches

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