Nebraska Authors

Howard Browne

Born 1908-04-15 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 1999-10-28
Carlsbad, CA (USA)

Born and educated in Nebraska, Howard Browne was a well-known writer of pulp fiction, mysteries, fantasy novels and science fiction, writing under pseudonyms John Evans, Alexander Blade, Lawrence Chandler, Ivar Jorgensen, and Lee Francis. He is best remembered as a Television and Motion Picture screenplay writer in Hollywood. His final Motion Picture screenplay was for Capone in 1975.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
New York, NY
Chicago, IL
Hollywood, CA
San Diego, CA

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Pulp Mysteries; Motion Picture and Television Screenplays; Fiction; Science Fiction; Fantasy


Educated in Lincoln, Nebraska


Motion Picture and Television writer
College Instructor

Places Worked

Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago
University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA


Writers Guild of America
Mystery Writers of America


Warrior of the Dawn. 1943.
Return to Liliput . 1943. (Written under pseudonym William Brengle)
Halo in Blood. 1946. (Written under the psuedonym John Evans)
If You Have Tears. 1947. (Written under pseudonym)
Halo for Satan. 1948. (Written under pseudonym)
The Man From Yesterday. 1948. (Written under pseudonym Lee Francis)
Forgotten Worlds. 1948. (Written under pseudonym Lawrence Chandler)
Halo in Brass. 1949. (Written under pseudonym)
Thin Air. 1954.
The Return of Tharn. 1956.
The Taste of Ashes. 1957.
The Paper Gun. 1985.
Pork City. 1988.
Scotch on the Rocks. 1991.
Murder Wears a Halo. 1997.
Carbon-Copy Killer & Twelve Times Zero. 1997.
Incredible Ink. 1997.

Author of Screenplays, including:
Portrait of a Mobster, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and Capone.

Author of over one hundred twenty-five television scripts for programs including: Columbo, Destry, '77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Bus Stop, Mannix, Alias Smith and Jones, Cheyenne, Playhouse 90, The Fugitive, The Virginian, Kraft Mystery Theatre, The Bold Ones, and Mission Impossible.

Contributor of over three hundred short stories, articles and novelettes to pulp magazines, 1939-1955, and also to Cosmopolitan, Redbook, American Magazine and Esquire, as well as other popular periodicals.

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