Harry Adam Knight is one of several pseudonyms used by Australian-born writer John Brosnan (7 October 1947 – 11 April 2005). Brosnan wrote four novels between 1983 and 1992 as Knight: Slimer, Carnosaur, The Fungus, and Bedlam. Some of them were co-written by British author Leroy Kettle. Brosnan’s 1988 novel Worm was originally published under the pseudonym Simon Ian Childer, but was later reissued under the Knight name. His novel The Fungus was re-released in the U.S. as Death Spore by Pinnacle.
Brosnan was a fairly prolific author, well-liked by his peers. He wrote more than 30 books, ranging from science fiction and horror to humor, including novelizations, and non-fiction books on cinema. He also wrote the SF/pulp/noir comic strip Night Zero for the British magazine 2000 AD from the late 1980s through the early 1990s. He covered TV and film for the UK magazine Starburst for many years. A fanzine piece written on the occasion of his funeral years ago makes interesting reading for his fans and can be found here.
Despite Brosnan’s inside joke that Harry Adam Knight was a HAK (ahem), the books met with success relatively few writers see — his novel Carnosaur was made into a 1993 horror film by executive producer Roger Corman and spawned a couple of sequels. Brosnan adapted Slimer for the 1996 horror film Proteus.
The Harry Adam Knight novels have become collectibles in recent years. To see a list of what’s available second-hand, click here.
These scans are from the library of Christopher Fulbright.