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Richard Wormser

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Richard Wormser
BornRichard Edward Wormser
(1908-02-02)February 2, 1908
New York City, New York
Diedc. July 1977 (aged 68–69)
Tumacacori, Arizona
Pen nameEd Friend

Richard Edward Wormser (February 2, 1908 in New York City, New York – July, c. 1977 in Tumacaciori, Arizona) was an American writer of pulp fiction, detective fiction, screenplays, and Westerns, some of it written using the pseudonym of Ed Friend. He is estimated to have written 300 short stories, 200 novelettes, 12 books, many screenplays and stories turned into screenplays, and a cookbook: Southwest Cookery or At Home on the Range.

Writing career

After graduating from Princeton University, he became a prolific writer of pulp fiction under his own name, the pen name of Conrad Gerson, and wrote 17 Nick Carter novels for Street & Smith.[1]

Wormser's first crime fiction was The Man with the Wax Face in 1934. His first Western novel was The Lonesome Quarter in 1951.[2]

Hollywood purchased several of his stories beginning with his It's All in the Racket filmed as Sworn Enemy in 1936. Columbia Pictures signed him for a short-term contract in 1937.[3] He was fired, then rehired by Columbia and worked for several other studios. Columbia adapted his story Right Guy as The Frame-Up.

During World War II, he served as a forest ranger.

Wormser won Western Spur Awards for juvenile fiction for Ride a Northbound Horse in 1964 and for The Black Mustanger in 1971.[4] He won an Edgar award for best original paperback novel for The Invader in 1973.


  • The Man with the Wax Face, 1934
  • The Communist’s Corpse, 1935
  • All's Fair, 1937
  • The Hanging Heiress, 1949
  • The Lonesome Quarter, 1952 (western)
  • The Longhorn Trail, 1955 (western)
  • The Body Looks Familiar, 1958
  • Slattery's Range, 1959 (western)
  • The Late Mrs. Five, 1960
  • Drive East On 66, 1961
  • Battalion of Saints, 1961 (western)
  • Perfect Pigeon, 1962
  • Three-Cornered War, 1962 (western)
  • A Nice Girl Like You, 1963
  • Pan Satyrus, 1963
  • Ride a Northbound Horse, 1964 (western)
  • The Green Hornet: The Infernal Light, 1966 (as Ed Friend)
  • The Most Deadly Game #1: The Corpse in the Castle, 1970 (as Ed Friend)
  • The Ranch by the Sea, 1970
  • Black Mustanger, 1971 (western)
  • The Takeover, 1971
  • The Invader, 1972

Movie and TV tie-ins

Wormser wrote a novelizations, including:

and four novels based on TV series,
three as "Ed Friend":

and one as Richard Wormser:


  1. ^ Wild Cat Books The Pulp Hero Deluxe Edition, p. 139, 2008, Lulu.
  2. ^ Sadler, Geoff, Salder, James, Sonnichsen, Charles Leland, Bold, Christine, Twentieth Century Western Writers, 1991, St. James Press Edition 2.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2010-05-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


  • Wormser, Richard, & Ira Skutch, How to Become a Complete Non-Entity: A Memoir, iUniverse, 2006

External links

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