(1909 - 1971)
August William Derleth (February 24, 1909 – July 4, 1971) was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House (which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in hardcover in the US that had only been readily available in the UK), Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography.
A 1938 Guggenheim Fellow, Derleth considered his most serious work to be the ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew. Derleth can also be considered a pioneering naturalist and conservationist in his writing.
Steve and Sim are camping on an island in the Wisconsin Dells, when a ghost gets on their case.
The House by the River (1965)
Steve and Sim head down the river and end up at Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien where they encounter some crooks and spend a night in jail.
The Irregulars Strike Again (1964)
On a winter camping expedition the two boy detectives run into some skulduggery.
Steve and Sim look into the strange goings on at a neighboring farm and spend their first night in jail.
The Moon Tenders (1958)
Steve and Sim build a raft and set out down the Wisconsin in search of the Winnebago treasure.
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The Pinkertons Ride Again (1960)
When Steve and Sim overhear the plotting of two would-be train robbers, no one will believe them - so they take matters into their own hands.
The Prince Goes West (1968)
Steve and Sim are joined by Pete in rescuing a kidnapped middle-eastern prince, but the kidnappers are not going to quietly forego their prey.
The Tent Show Summer (1963)
When the tent show comes to Sac Prairie it brings trouble for Steve and Sim in its wake.
The Three Straw Men (1970)
Something is not quite right at Folsom’s Fashion Center and Steve and Pete are determined to get to the bottom of it.