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Albert Capwell Wyckoff (1903-1953)


                      A scene from "In the Camp of the Black Rider"


      Albert Capwell Wyckoff was born in 1903 in New Jersey. He published twenty-nine books. His most popular work is the Mercer Boys series. This series was a collection of mystery stories for boys. He wrote other mystery stories and some Christian novels. He also wrote for magazines, including "Boys Life" and "Open Road for Boys". Despite his wonderful accomplishments, he never graduated from high school. His father died when he was young and he needed to work to support his family. He served as a lay minister in Arkansas. He eventually decided to become an ordained minister.
      Rev. Wyckoff sold his Mercer Boys manuscripts for a flat rate of two hundred dollars without royalties. He used the money to help finance missionary work. He was an ordained minister in the Columbia Presbyterian Church. He died of a heart attack on January 10th, 1953. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. The author was buried in the Columbia City Cemetery in Columbia, Kentucky.



Unofficial Bibliography

I was unable to find a bibliography of A. C. Wyckoff on the Internet. This is my attempt at producing a bibliography for this brilliant author.

1928 The Grappling Ghost (short story in the July edition of Weird Tales Magazine)
1929 The Guillotine Club (short story in the July edition of Weird Tales Magazine)
1929 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys Cruise in the Lassie
1929 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys at Woodcrest
1929 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys on a Treasure Hunt
1929 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys Mystery Case
1929 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys on the Beach Patrol
1929 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys in Summer Camp
1930 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys as First Classmen
1930 Saalfield Publishing Company The Secrets of the Armor Room
1931 Presbyterian Board of Christian Education. Philadelphia Challenge of the Hills
1931 A.L. Burt Company In the Camp of the Black Rider
1931 Saalfield Publishing Company The Mystery at Lake Retreat
1932 Saalfield Publishing Company The North Point Cabin Mystery
1932 Saalfield Publishing Company The Mystery of Gaither Cove
1932 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys and the Indian Gold
1932 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys with the Air Cadets
1933 A.L. Burt Company The Mercer Boys and the Steamboat Riddle
1934 A.L. Burt Company The Mystery Hunters at the Haunted Lodge
1934 A.L. Burt Company The Mystery Hunters at Lakeside Camp
1934 A.L. Burt Company The Mystery Hunters at Old Frontier
1935 A.L. Burt Company The Sea Runner's Cache
1936 A.L. Burt Company The Mystery Hunters on Special Detail
1936 A.L. Burt Company The Search for the City of Ghosts
1943 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Sounding Brass
1944 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Bright Harvest
1945 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Victory at Daybreak
1947 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Singing Heart
1948 World Publishing Company The Mercer Boys Cruise in the Lassie
1948 World Publishing Company The Mercer Boys at Woodcrest
1948 World Publishing Company The Mercer Boys on a Treasure Hunt
1948 World Publishing Company The Mercer Boys Mystery Case
1949 World Publishing Company The Mercer Boys With the Coast Guard
1949 Zondervan Publishing House Bright Horizons
1950 Zondervan Publishing House The Bells Are Ringing
1951 World Publishing Company The Mercer Boys in the Ghost Patrol
1951 Zondervan Publishing House The Winning of Kay Slade









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