Sax Rohmer


Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (1883 - 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is most remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.

His first published work was in 1903, the short story The Mysterious Mummy for Pearson's Weekly. He made his early living writing comedy sketches for music hall performers and short stories and serials for magazines. In 1909 he married Rose Knox. He published his first novel Pause! anonymously in 1910 and the first Fu Manchu story, The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu, was serialized over 1912-13. It was an immediate success with its fast paced story of Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the 'Yellow Peril'. The Fu Manchu stories, together with those featuring Gaston Max, Morris Klaw, and Private detective Paul Harley, made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid writers in of the 1920s and 1930s.


From LibriVox.Org:

1.  The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu - Sax Rohmer

The first of the Fu-Manchu novels that follows Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie tracking down the master criminal, Fu Manchu.

“Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, ... one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present ... Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man.”  quote from The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu.

Commissioner Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie are in the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson tradition, with Dr Petrie narrating the stories while Nayland Smith carries the fight, combating Fu Manchu more by dogged determination than intellectual brilliance.

The novel published in 1913, is based on a combination of short stories originally published in magazines. The first of these was "The Zayat Kiss," which was published in The Storyteller (1912).  The novel was also titled The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu.

2.  The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu - Sax Rohmer

Burmese Commisioner Nayland Smith and his faithful friend Dr Petrie continue their fight against the evil genius of Dr Fu-Manchu when they seek to save the good doctor’s lost love and protect the British Empire from disaster when their malignant enemy returns to England.


3.  The Hand of Fu-Manchu

Further adventures of Nayland Smith and Doctor Petrie as they continue their battles against the evil genius, Dr Fu-Manchu.


4.  Bat Wing – Sax Rohmer   (12 Chapters)  -  Private detective Paul Harley investigates a mysterious case involving voodoo, vampirism, and macabre murder in the heart of London. The first book in the Paul Harley series, written by Sax Rohmer, author of The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu.

5.  The Quest of the Sacred Slipper - Weird, supernatural feats accompanied The Sacred Slipper’s movement from the Near East to a London museum. Mutilation, even murder, threatened all who came near it. It was as if a horde of phantoms had descended upon London, whose guardians were soon plunged into fear and dread. And then the truth emerged. Behind these inhuman outrages was a secret group of fanatics--Assassins--trained from childhood to wreak havoc on all who dared disturb their sacred relics. Not even the best men of Scotland Yard seemed able to apprehend them. For, in some mystical way, this phantom band had never been seen or even heard... 

6.  The Mysterious Mummy   by Sax Rohmer  (9th story from the short Mystery Story Collection 002)

7.  The Hand of the Mandarin Quong  by Sax Rohmer (8th story from Ghost Collection # 10) 

8. Brood of the Witch Queen - A swan suffers a mysterious death, its neck wrung by apparent supernatural forces. A young woman dies alone in a hospital room, apparently strangled by mysterious means. Sir Michael Ferrara is found strangled in his bedroom with no one else there. Dr. Bruce Cairn and his son Robert are faced with a mystery that involves deeper, darker, more ancient forces than they could have imagined. Who is Sir Michael's adopted son Antony really? And who is the brood of the Witch Queen?