H. Bedford-Jones (1887-1949) is one of the contenders for highest producer of fiction for the pulp magazines. Jones wrote 231 novels. He wrote 1141 shorter works broken down into 21 novellas, 372 novelettes, and 748 shorter stories. A guestimate is he produced a minimum of 25 million words.
Bedford-Jones wrote westerns, adventure, historicals, detective/mystery. A few stories bordered on the fantastic but he was not a science fiction writer.
King of the Pulps: The Life & Writings of H. Bedford-Jones by Peter Ruber, Darrell C. Richardson, and Victor A. Berch is a trade paperback from Battered Silicone Press. It came out in 2003. It is 316 pages. I can’t find what it cost originally. I want to say I paid $15.00 for it.
Foreword: Anatomy of a Bibliography– Peter Ruber
Part I: “King of the Pulps”
Essays by Peter Ruber
“The Life and Times of H. Bedford-Jones”
“An Overview of HB-J’s Writings
Pseudonyms and Collaborators, Real and Fictitious
Part II: The Bibliography of H. Bedford-Jones
Compiled by Peter Ruber, Darrell C. Richardson, and Victor A. Berch
Books by H. Bedford-Jones
A: Fiction (Novels & Short Stories) As H. Bedford-Jones
Bibliographic Notes & Oddities
The Magazine Writings of H. Bedford-Jones
Part 1: Fiction: (Published as by H. Bedford-Jones)
Part 2: Pseudonyms
Writing as “Allan Hawkwood”
Writing as “Gordon Keyne”
Writing as “Capt. Michael Gallister”
Writing as “David Seabrooke”
Writing as “Torquay Trevison”
Writing as “H. E. Twinells”
Writing as “Bedford Rohmer”
Writing as “Rodney Blake”
Writing as “Capt. L. B. Williams”
Writing as “H. E. Williamson”
Writing as “Burt L. Standish”
Part 3: Articles: Non-Fiction & Misc.
Part 4: Articles About and Obituaries
Part 5: Radio Shows
Part 6: Film Adaptions
Other Unidentified Tearsheets at University of Texas
Preface to Post Mortem by Peter Ruber
Part III: Post-Mortem by H. Bedford Jones
Of John Solomon and Sherlock Holmes by Peter Ruber
Part IV: The Wisdom of Solomon (A newly discovered John Solomon adventure by H. Bedford-Jones)
The Affair of the Aluminum Crutch (A new adventure of Sherlock Holmes) by H. Bedford Jones
Part V: A Selection of HB-J Magazine and Book Covers
I have a fair amount of H. Bedford-Jones. It is hard to avoid him, especially if you pick up issues of Blue Book, Adventure, Short Stories, and Argosy. An area I have noticed where he specialized are historicals set in what I call the “puffy shirt” era – 16-18th Centuries. He wrote plenty of pirate fiction and swashbucklers in general. “The Buddha’s Elephant” is a favorite lost race story with a lost city of Alexander’s Macedonians in Central Asia. Another story of note is “The Shield of Arngrim” from Blue Book, August 1935. A tale of the Kensington Stone, Vikings vs. Indians in what would become Minnesota.
I need to read more Bedford-Jones in some of the pulp magazines I have as he generally delivers the goods.