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Le Queux, W. (1909) Spies of the Kaiser

William Le Queux (1909) Spies of the Kaiser. Plotting the Downfall of England Spies of the Kaiser  was published in 1909, and raised spymania to new extremes. Again, Le Queux’s fantasies had their popularity massively boosted by the  Daily Mail’s hype machine. And again the story was presented as non-fiction. …

Conan Doyle, A. (1917) His Last Bow.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1917) His Last Bow. The War Services of Sherlock Holmes – Strand Magazine, September 1917 and in book form in a collection of stories: His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, John Murray, October 1917 Although falling slightly outside my time-frame this story is included as …

Kipling, R. (1900) Kim

Rudyard Kipling (1900) Kim – McClure’s Magazine (December 1900 to October 1901), Cassell’s Magazine (January to November 1901) & Macmillan & Co. Ltd (October 1901) Although not in the mainstream Invasion Scare / Espionage genre Kim deserves a place as a prototypical spy story linked in to British imperial attitudes. …