Ted Johnstone

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Name: Ted Johnstone
Alias(es): his real name was David McDaniel
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Fandoms: Tolkien, Man from UNCLE, Coventry
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Ted Johnstone was a hyperfan from the 1960s. Among many, many other things, he was the editor of the first Tolkien club journal, I-Palantir, was active in gaming communities (specifically "Coventry" which was supposedly a precursor to Dungeons and Dragons), and was the author (under his real name, David McDaniel) of the Man from UNCLE Tie-in novels. [1]


Man from UNCLE Tie-Novels

The editor of the Man from UNCLE books said, "I commissioned him to write those MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. novels because I admired his narrative skills combined with his playfulness; they were *extremely* good for what they were." [2]

He (under the the David McDaniel) sold six of these noveliations. "After second novel, he apparently had made the unpleasant discovery that he was not to become rich from writing U.N.C.L.E. novels... [It was] in his third novel, THE MONSTER WHEEL AFFAIR, in 1967, readers found that the first letter in each chapter title spelled out the message `A.A. Wyn is a tightwad', which went unnoticed by the publisher of Ace Books, Mr. Wyn." He also dedicated that book to "Ted Johnstone, for 10 years of unremitting labor which put me where I am today."

The last novel, which Johnstone titled, "The Final Affair" was never published by Ace Books. One reason may be because it leapt beyond the constraints of the series by killing off one of the major characters. This story supposedly saw later publication in a zine.

References

  1. Assorted Fan Histories, Where No Man Has Gone Before, Chapter 6 by Richard Lynch accessed 8.25.2012; WebCite.
  2. Assorted Fan Histories, Where No Man Has Gone Before, Chapter 6 by Richard Lynch accessed 8.25.2012; WebCite.