John Creasey MBE was an English crime and science fiction writer who wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty eight different pseudonyms. He created several characters which are now famous. These include The Toff, Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard, Inspector Roger West, The Baron, and Doctor Stanislaus Alexander Palfrey. The most popular of these was Gideon of Scotland Yard, who was the basis for the television series 'Gideon's Way' and for the John Ford movie 'Gideon of Scotland Yard' (1958), also known by its British title 'Gideon's Day'. The Baron character was made into a 1960s TV series starring Steve Forrest as The Baron. In 1953, John Creasey founded the UK's Crime Writers' Association (CWA). The CWA New Blood Dagger is awarded in his memory for first books by previously unpublished writers. Sponsored by BBC Audiobooks, it includes a prize of 1000. This award was known previously as the John Creasey Memorial Dagger. John Creasey died in June 1973. "Creasey is creating his own kind of Comedie Humane-Policiere - and a splendid achievement it is." - Anthony Boucher, The New York Times"