Walter Harris was born in London, in the middle of the Jazz Age, in 1925.
Harris joined the RAF directly from Haileybury, serving as a Lancaster flight mechanic at the RAF Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down. Later he was German interpreter to Afrika Korps prisoners of war in the Egyptian desert, in Cairo playwright in RAF Repertory Company and news reader on the Forces Network.
After serving in the RAF, Harris emigrated to Brazil and wrote for two English-language newspapers until being sponsored by a major Canadian-owned public utility, Brazilian Traction, to write and present a series of English-language radio shows shows on Radio Nacional, Rio de Janeiro.
Heading North, Harris became an accredited radio interviewer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the arts and entertainment field, mainly in New York. His first interviewee was TV impresario Ed Sullivan.
On his return to London, Harris began broadcasting for the BBC. He interviewed a number of thespians at various stages of their career, and representing every aspect of the theatre, for the archival record, recorded THEATRE 60 which included Harris’ interviews with Noel Coward, Albert Finney, Harold Pinter, Peter Hall,and several others, as well as Kenneth Tynan representing theatre critics. The Gramophone reviewed THEATRE 60 as ‘arguably one of the best spoken word records ever made’.
When Bob Guccione founded Penthouse, Harris contributed short stories and articles, and later became the new magazine’s motoring correspondent. At Guccione’s suggestion Harris wrote his first novel CLOVIS published in England, France and America (G.P. Putnam’s & Sons: NY 1970).
Other Harris titles include cult classics such as:
* THE MISTRESS OF DOWNING STREET 1972
* DROOP 1974
* THE DAY I DIED 1974
* THE FIFTH HORSEMAN 1976
* SALIVA 1977
Harris is one of the authors who penned the six ‘classic horror’ novelisations credited to ‘Carl Dreadstone’. Harris penned two: ‘The Werewolf of London’ and ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon’.
Harris’ New Avengers tie-in TO CATCH A RAT was published in 1977.
Harris’ collection of children’s poetry DISPUTE IN A BUBBLE FACTORY with music composed, played and arranged by PEPPER © 2006 is available to download.
* GODHEAD was published by Patagonia Press in 2014
At the age of 90, Walter got a new job as a voiceover artist with Soho Voices.
In 2017, Walter’s memoir Yesterday Calling was published along with a CD of rediscovered rare interviews, digitally remastered by Ted Kendall.