Todhunter Ballard

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Willis Todhunter Ballard (December 13, 1903 – December 27, 1980) [1] was an American writer, known for his Westerns and mystery novels.



Ballard was a prolific pulp writer, most notably for the legendary mystery magazine Black Mask under the name W.T. Ballard. He also authored several mystery and crime novels under that name. Ballard wrote western novels as Todhunter Ballard and the following pseudonyms: P.D. Ballard, Neil MacNeil, Jack Slade, Hunter D'Allard, Clay Turner, John Hunter, Sam Bowie, Parker Bonner, Brian Fox, and Clint Reno. He wrote numerous teleplays for shows such as Death Valley Days and Shannon. [2]


Ballard was born on December 13, 1903, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ballard attended schools in Cleveland and Westtown Township, Pennsylvania. In 1926 he graduated from Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio. He was married to Phoebe Dwiggins, daughter of Clare Victor Dwiggins, the popular American cartoonist known as "Dwig."

He died December 27, 1980.


Ballard wrote thousands of magazine stories and over fifty television scripts. [3] Almost all of these stories were in the mystery or western genre. Ballard died on December 27, 1980, in Mount Dora, Florida. "Many of Ballard's novels are set... in Las Vegas, and he always does a convincing job of portraying this fasinating, seldom utilized desert locale with its wide-open casinos, its moral ambiguity, and the uneasy alliance between gamblers and police." -- Stephen Mertz

Partial bibliography




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  1. "Willis Ballard in Social Security Death Index".
  2. Todhunter Ballard
  3. Guide to the Todhunter Ballard Papers 1926-1975