Henry Abner (1884-1935) is the pen name of hard-boiled fiction author Henry Abner Sturdivant. Henry Abner the author was a staple of the early era of pulp fiction crime stories, writing many tales of action and intrigue that take place in his native Georgia and other areas of the rural south.
Henry Abner Sturdivant the man was more than a crime writer, however. He had a long career in law enforcement, and served as the chief of police of Washington, Georgia from 1921 until his death in July of 1935, when he was killed in the line of duty while apprehending a suspect. He was survived by his only daughter Sara and wife Lora, and is laid to rest at Sharon Methodist Church, in Taliaferro County, Georgia.
Abner's original work is rare and difficult to find today, although boxes of newly discovered manuscripts are currently being edited and released under guidance of the HA Sturdivant estate, bringing new understanding to an author who was once thought of as a "one trick pony."