House Pseudonym

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A House Pseudonym is a pen name that can be used by any writer at a given publisher.

House Pseudonyms have been used to disguise that a long series has become a Franchise Zombie by allowing other authors to use the creator's name. They have been used to make a collaborative work look like it came from a single author, using a name that belongs to neither of the actual writers.

In the internet age, some websites use them as well. It may be a conscious decision, or it may be the byproduct of giving a standard moniker to posters who aren't signed into the site.

Has nothing to do with works written by House under another name.

Examples of House Pseudonym include:


  • This article on The Other Wiki will tell you some of them.
  • Carolyn Keene of the Nancy Drew novels.
  • Franklin W. Dixon of The Hardy Boys novels.
  • K. A. Applegate of Animorphs.
  • R. L. Stine of Goosebumps.
  • V. C. Andrews—enough that that "author" has been publishing long after Author Existence Failure.
  • Victor Appleton of the Tom Swift books.
    • Victor Appleton II of the Tom Swift, Jr. books.
  • Maxwell Grant of the Shadow novels (usually Walter B. Gibson).
  • Kenneth Robeson of the Doc Savage novels (usually Lester Dent).
  • Inverted with Harry Potter. Due to the great complexity of the series, several readers thought Harry Potter was the work of multiple authors; however, J.K. Rowling rebuked those claims by stating seriously it's just me much to the awe of this disbelieving side of the fanbase.
  • Erin Hunter of Warrior Cats
  • James Axler of the Deathlands series and its spinoff, Outlanders

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