The list author says: "Many authors write under various pseudonyms so you may well be waiting in anticipation for the next book to come out thinking you have read everything by a sensational author when in fact there are other books sitting on the shelf you could get right now! Authors use pen names for a variety of reasons. Some initially chose a name so they could carry on their normal lives without the bother of being a celebrity, some thought the made up name sounded better to sell books in a particular genre. Some author's write in multiple genres and think a different name for each genre will sell more books or one will conflict and affect another genre's sales such as horror and romance. Some even chose to change their sex and us a male or female name seeing it as more appropriate. Of course their publishers know so they still get published, the books get marketed, displayed in stores, reviewed in magazines etc.
Since I couldn't care less about their marketing tactics I thought I'd let you the reader know so you don't miss out on a great book. Obviously some author's pen names such as Stephen King's are well known but others aren't. Hope this helps."
"In his early days as a writer as most people know Stephen wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman. King has also released some newer material under Bachman claiming it has been found settling his deceased estate."
"The most well known pen name out there obviously belongs to Stephen King. Most of the work he wrote under Bachman has been republished since he has become arguably the most famous author in the world, with his own name in much bigger letters on top anyway."
"Diana Diamond is a pseudonym used by author William P Kennedy. Under this name the lead characters are all female so I guess William figured pretending to be a woman would indicate he knew what he was on about a bit more and sell more books."
"Fans of the master of the horror supernatural and downright scary novels may be surprised to learn that this author has been writing historical fiction under the female name of Jess Foley since 2002 which probably helps explain why we haven't seen his name on books in a while."
"Fans of the Dortmunder series and Westlake's great stand alone novels will be pleased to know they can find numerous novels under this great author's pen name Richard Stark. His pen names Tucker Coe, Allan Marshall & Samuel Holt also have substantial published books. Timothy Clover, Curt Clark, Morgan J Cunningham are him as well."
"Although most readers of the Parker series would know already, but just in case you don't Richard Stark is the pen name of Donald E Westlake. Many great masterpieces can be found under Westlake's own name and there is no better place to start than his brilliant novel - The Ax!"
"Fans of both the sensational Jessica Jones and Anna Fehrbach series who have read everything under Christopher Nicole's name may want to check out the authors Alan Savage, Robin Cade, Nicholas Grant, Caroline Gray, Max Marlow, C R Nicholson, Robin Nicholson and Andrew York as they are all in fact the same guy."
"Fans of Alan Savage may want to check out the authors Christopher Nicole, Robin Cade, Nicholas Grant, Caroline Gray, Max Marlow, C R Nicholson, Robin Nicholson and Andrew York as they are one and the same."
"Fans of the Three Oaks Series (John Cunningham novels) as well as Hammond's independent masterpieces since he retired that series, may also want to check out the authors Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden as they are all Hammond."
"Found a novel or short story by Logan Swanson, enjoyed it but can't find any others. Check under his real name Richard Matheson and discover classics like I am Legend, The Shrinking Man, Duel and more. Note though that some of the work under this pen name was published with more editing than re-releases under his own name."
"Having trouble tracking down classic Matheson novels or maybe want them a bit cheaper. Also look up the author Logan Swanson a pen name some older work was first published under, including short stories in various author anthologies. Note though that Earthbound is a more edited version under the pseudonym Logan Swanson than the re-release under his own name."
"Liked the novel Kockroach by Knox but can't find anything else under his name. That's because he decided to use a pseudonym with this novel that differs a bit from his usual crime ones. His real name is William Lashner."
"Read everything by Lashner but want more. What about a story about a cockroach that wakes up one morning to find it is now a disgusting pink creature (human). You'll find the book Kockroach under his pseudonym Tyler Knox!"
"Fans of Evan Hunter will be delighted to know they will find a lot more of his novels under the names Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon as well as the more famous names Ed McBain and Richard Marsten"
"Fans of Block's may well have a bounty of novels under his own name to choose from but those after even more will be interested to know they will find more of his work under the names Jill Emerson, Chip Harrison, Paul Kavanagh and Sheldon Lord as well."
"Dean Koontz has published books under heaps of different pen names. Most have been republished (some even retitled) under his own name, although not all. Your local library may still have them under the original names of plus you will find originals by W H Allan, David Axton, Brian Coffey, Deanne Dwyer, K R Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West or Aaron Wolfe"
"Come across Dying of Paradise or Ice Belt and wondered why there were only two books by Stephen Couper. Well you'll find heaps more by the same author under the name Stephen Gallagher and a few under John Lydecker as well."
"While reading books published decades ago you came across an author you liked called Philip Daniels but were disapointed he only wrote a few books. He's actually one of the pen names of Peter Chambers."