Monday, April 4, 2016

Rex Dolphin (1915-1990)

Reginald Charles Dolphin
Aka Peter Saxon, Desmond Reid
Author, Accountant
Born March 15, 1915, Pershore, Worcestershire, England
Died February 1990, presumably in Buckinghamshire, England

Reginald Charles Dolphin, who wrote under the name Rex Dolphin and used the pseudonyms Peter Saxon and Desmond Reid, was born on March 15, 1915, in Pershore, Worcestershire, England. He worked as an accountant with a British television and electronics firm. He also wrote science fiction and detective stories:
  • "Easy Money" in Detective Weekly (Nov. 27, 1937)
  • "Off the Map" in Weird Tales (July 1954)
  • The World-Shakers! (as Desmond Reid, 1960)
  • "The Phantom Guest" in Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine (Aug. 1964)
  • "The Last Bandits" in Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine (Sept. 1964)
  • "Angel" in Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine (Oct. 1964)
  • "No Margin for Error" in Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine (Aug. 1965)
  • The Vampires of Finistere #4, The Guardians (as Peter Saxon, 1970)
With his lone story for Weird Tales in July 1954, he squeezed in under the wire, for the magazine ceased publication after its next issue, which was dated September 1954.

In 1945, just as the war in Europe was ending, Dolphin married Irma M.D. van Kerckhoven (1923-1915) in Buckinghamshire. Rex Dolphin died in February 1990, presumably in Buckinghamshire. I know nothing else about him. I hope a British science fiction fan can dig up more.

Rex Dolphin's Story in Weird Tales
"Off the Map" (July 1954)

Further Reading
None known.

The Vampires of Finistere #4, The Guardians (1970), with Rex Dolphin writing as Peter Saxon and with cover art by Jeff Jones.
Here in a British edition (1972),
Here in French,
And here Dutch (1975).

Revised slightly on October 15, 2021.
Text copyright 2016, 2021 Terence E. Hanley


  1. I worked with Reggie in the 60s and 70s when we both worked at Langley Park which at the time was used as offices by Sobells Electrical Industries but has now been converted into a luxury hotel. Reggie gave me a signed copy of The Vampires of Finistere as well as another book that he wrote under a female name. Unfortunately it has gone astray but I believe he used several different names. Reggie was a very nice man and I'm sorry that I lost touch with him.

    1. Hi, Unknown,

      And thank you for your nice remembrance of him.