The Works of Charles E. Pearce

In the following table, the type of publication (short story, serial or book) is indicated where it is known. Some works first appeared as serials, and then as books.

The year given is either the first known publication date, or the first known mention of the publication, either in adverts or “Author of ...” lines on the title page of other books.

Publications: OYFWB is used in this listing to denote Our Young Folk’s Weekly Budget, although the name changed several times during its lifetime. For more details of the name changes, see the main Our Young Folk’s Weekly Budget article. Newspaper titles are mostly those used by the British Newspaper Archive.

Billy Bo’swain

A children’s pirate story.

Published in 1873 in OYFWB, and repeated in 1879 and 1891. Published as a book by James Henderson in 1874.

Frank the Fisherboy

Published in 1873 in OYFWB, and repeated in 1879 and 1890. Published as a book by James Henderson in 1874.

The Golden Island

Published as a serial in OYFWB in 1874, and then published as a book by Henderson in 1874, along with the short “King Rustyfum’s Nose.”

Serialised in Henderson’s Penny Pictorial News from July 1880.

King Rustyfum’s Nose

Published in 1874 as a short after the main story in “The Golden Island.” Unknown whether it had previously appeared in OYFWB, though this is likely.

The North Pole, or Harry Sinclair among the Icebergs

Serialised in OYFWB in 1875, and then published as book the same year. Illustrated by G. Montbard [George Montbard 1841‒1905].

Both of One Mind

Short story published in the Dundee Courier, 31 December 1875.

Arthur Merivaile; or, The Jungle Ranger of Julpoor (serial, book)

Serial in OYFWB.

The Lost Will
A Haunted Life
Young Job, the Signalman’s Son
How I Lost Matilda
Frank Raymond’s Revenge

Short story published in OYFWB Vol. XII, No. 372.

Brave Peggy

Short story published in OYFWB Vol. XII, No. 373.

Dragged from the Dark
The Rival Organists
Boscotts of Wood Street

Not found, but an advert for “Sedgemoor Grange” mentioned this title in the “author of” bit.

George Barnwell

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

His Cousin Winifred

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

Old Westwood’s Legacy

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

Who Will Win Her

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

Harry Dalton: A Romance of Mercantile Life
Sedgemoor Grange

(So far only known from advertisements.)

Bell Lorrimore’s Wooing
Gabriel Winter’s Secret
Harry Hairbrain

Serial from OYFWB Vol. 21, starting in July 1882.

The Ball of Fortune
The Cruise of the Munchausen

Published in OYFWB Volume 22, starting in January 1883.

The Munchausens Abroad

Serialised in OYFWB in 1884.

A Pantomime Plague

In the Christmas 1884 number of OYFWB.

Beyond the Rockies
Dick Halibut’s Adventures

Serialised in OYFWB Volume 26, starting in January 1885.

Experiences of Comic Journalism

An article in the 1887 edition of Sell’s Dictionary of the World’s Press, written the year after Pearce had retired from editorship of Funny Folks.

Uncle Theophilus

Short story in the Christmas 1887 number of the Weekly Budget.

Owing to the Earthquake

A serial starting with the Christmas 1891 number of Old & Young, advertised as “A novel novel, being the adventures and misadventures of a young married couple, from the French of Hippolyte Gantier [Gautier?].”

Christopher Columbus: a story of his discovery of America

Commenced in 1892 in Old and Young, according to the 17 September 1892 edition of South London Press.

The Champion Goose Club

Published in the Christmas Supplement issued with the 24 December 1892 issue of the South London Press.

Saved by a Woman
The Boojum Club

Published in Henderson’s “Comic Life”, August 1899. Then available in November as No. 544 of the “Budget” Story Books.

The Telltale Hand
With Her Own Hands

Short story printed in the Lancashire Evening Post, 26 July 1902.

Besieged in Lucknow

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

John Dale, Convict

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

Miss Doon, of Manchester

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

In the Coils of Klondike

(So far only known from “Author of” lines.)

By Stealthy Footsteps
  • Serialised in the Manchester Weekly Times, starting 2 October 1903.
  • Serialised in the Salisbury Times, starting 16 September 1904.
  • Serialised in the Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, starting 18 July 1906. [Author of: “The Hidden Hand,” “In Temptation’s Way”].
  • Serialised in the Shoreditch Observer, starting 22 September 1906.
The Hidden Hand

Serialised in the Derbyshire Courier, starting 27 January 1906.

A Bitter Remorse

Serialised in Penny Illustrated Paper, starting 5 September 1903. [Author of: “The Hidden Hand,” “In the Coils of Klondike,” “By Stealthy Footsteps,” “Besieged in Lucknow,” “John Dale, Convict.”] Serialised in Shepton Mallet Journal, starting 7 April 1905. Serialised in Gloucester Citizen, starting 7 September 1906. [Author of: “The Hidden Hand,” “In the Coils of Klondike,” “By Stealthy Footsteps,” “Besieged in Lucknow,” “John Dale, Convict”]

Lost in London
The Severed Silk Scarf

Short story, first published on 21 May 1904 in two papers, the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, and the Canterbury Journal and Farmers’ Gazette. Published in Cambridge Independent Press, 9 December 1904.


Pearce provided a story for “Fifty-Two Stories of Grit and Character for Boys,” one of three volumes in Hutchinson’s “52 Series” issued for Christmas 1904. [Review in Leeds Mercury, 29 November 1904, p.3]

Dolly Hardcastle’s Rosebuds

Short story in Hutchinson’s “Fifty-two Stories for Girls”, edited by Alfred H. Miles, published in 1905.

The Ivory Box

Short story appearing in the Barnsley Chronicle, 30 December 1905

The Mystery of Judith

Serialised in the Burnley Gazette, starting 27 October 1906. [Author of: “The Hidden Hand,” “In the Coils of Klondike,” “By Stealthy Footsteps,” “A Bitter Remorse”]

Published as a book in 1923.

The Man Snarer

Published in 1906 in “52 Pioneer Stories: All Round the Compass” edited by Alfred H. Miles, published by Hutchinson.

In Temptation’s Way

(Only known from “Author of” lines.)

Old Prebble’s Money

Short story published in The Motherwell Times on 25 December 1908.

Love Besieged: a Romance of the Residency in Lucknow

The first of Pearce’s Indian Mutiny trilogy, published by Stanley Paul in 1909.

Remarkable Clues
Romances of Crime
The Bungalow under the Lake
The Amazing Duchess

Biography of Elizabeth Chudleigh, published in 1911 by Stanley Paul. Dedicated to the author Alfred H. Miles.

Red Revenge: a Romance of Cawnpore

The second book in his Indian Mutiny trilogy.

The Beloved Princess

Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales, “the lonely daughter of a lonely queen.” Published in 1911 by Stanley Paul. Dedicated to Robert Lee Campbell.

Four Ennobled Actresses

Mentioned in a Stanley Paul catalogue, but I haven’t found other evidence that it was actually published.

A Star of the East

The third story in the Indian Mutiny trilogy.

Polly Peachum

Biography of the actress Lavinia Fenton, whose greatest success was as Polly Peachum in John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera. Published in 1913 by Stanley Paul. Dedicated to John Farlow Wilson.

The Eyes of Alicia
The Snake Girl

Number 154 in Stanley Paul’s “Cleartype” Sixpenny Series. From the Stanley Paul Catalogue 1914‒15 in Edward Spencer’s Cakes and Ale, fourth edition, 1913.

The Crimson Mascot

Published in 1914 by Stanley Paul.

The Soul of a Shop Girl

Published as “Mascot Novel No. 25” by Aldine Publishing in 1915.

The Jolly Duchess

Biography of Harriot Mellon, published by Stanley Paul in 1915. The subtitle of this book is “A Sixty Years’ Gossipping Record of Stage and Society (1777 to 1837)” but the early years of Harriot’s life were so sketchy that in 1913 Stanley Paul was trailing this book as “A Fifty Years’ Record …” Dedicated to his friend Edgar H. Homan, a civil engineer.

War Up To Date
A Foe in the Shadow

Mentioned in Who’s Who. Published as “Mascot Novel No. 113” by Aldine Publishing in 1918 or 1919.

Stirring Deeds of the Great War

Subtitled “Our Boys’ History of British Heroism.” Contains many illustrations reproduced from The Illustrated London News, The Graphic, and The Strand. Its frontispiece is a drawing called “Victory,” by Charles’ son (Edward) Vernon, who died in the last days of the war, and to whom the book is dedicated.

Published by Stanley Paul in 1919.

Corinthian Jack
A Queen of the Paddock
The Gold Miner’s Vengeance
The Hunted Man of Rocky Gulch

Lloyd’s Boys’ Adventure Series No. 15.

The Magic Ruby: a Romance of Robin Hood
Ned Kelly the Bushranger
The Rival Captains
The Red Arrow
The Crimson Trail
The Mystery of the Fur-lined Cloak
Buzz, Dud and the Greaser
Madame Flirt
The Secret of Room no. 13
Polly Peachum

A revised edition of his 1913 work, after a resurgence of interest in the Beggar’s Opera.

Madame Vestris and her Times (book)
The Beautiful Devil (as Detective Dunn)

Pearce used the name “Detective Dunn” for this and two other stories. The Beautiful Devil is listed in his Who’s Who entry.

The Queen of Crooks (as Detective Dunn)
Dark Dramas of Life
The Deadly Hand
The Master Criminal
Sims Reeves
Unsolved Murder Mysteries
A History of Cosmetics and Perfumes

Listed in Pearce’s entry in Who Was Who, but it isn’t present in the British Library catalogue, so it is possibly one of Pearce’s serials.

The Last of the Darrells

Apparently “Mascot Novel No. 214,” published by Aldine.

The Red Mill Mystery (as Detective Dunn)
The Tanglewood Mystery

The Works of St John Pearce

Year Publication
1922Off His Own Bat (book)
1922How Tom Made Good (book)
1923The School Jonah (book)
1928Slogger and Co (book)
1929That Boy Buckle (book)
1933Schools in Turmoil (book)
1934Buckle of Barchester (book)

He also had many stories published in Chums, full listing to come.