Pseudonymous Bosch is the pen name of Raphael Simon, the author of The Secret Series and The Bad Books series of fiction books, as well as three stand-alone titles. He has released 12 books, each widely read.
The pseudonym plays off that of the artist Hieronymus Bosch. It also may play off the fictional Los Angeles detective, Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, also named after the artist, created by the author Michael Connelly, and who has appeared in several of his novels starting in 1992.
Though Simon is homosexual, he has stated that his pseudonymous form is not necessarily so.
The About the Author blurb for his book The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers states that he is not the "alter ego of Raphael Simon, a totally unrelated author who lives in Pasadena, CA."
The Secret SeriesEdit
- The Name of This Book is Secret (October 1, 2007)
- If You're Reading This it's Too Late (October 1, 2008)
- This Book Is Not Good for You (September 1, 2009)
- This Isn't What It Looks Like (September 21, 2010)
- You Have to Stop This (September 20, 2011)
The Bad BooksEdit
- Bad Magic (2014) centers around a character who was first introduced as Max-Ernest's little brother, Paul-Clay, in the Secret Series.
- Bad Luck (2016)
- Bad News (January 2017)
- Write This Book (2013) is a do-it-yourself mystery.
- The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers (2019, illustrated by Shane Pangburn)
- The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed in Half Dads (2020, illustrated by Shane Pangburn)
Bosch published Write This Book!, a do it yourself book; he calls it "a book that readers will write for me". Bosch elaborated in an interview with Wired stating that "it is a kind of half-written, guided mystery. Parts of it are going to be multiple choice, choose-your-own adventure, parts of it will be more like Mad Libs, and some silly stuff". Furthermore, Galleycat for Mediabistro.com stated that Bosch has since "inked a deal for a new middle grade trilogy".
On May 14, 2019, Bosch published The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers, with illustrations by Shane Pangburn. The book is about an eight-year-old boy who longs to be a professional magician. A followup, The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed-in-Half Dads, was released on May 12, 2020.
- "Pseudonymous Bosch's Website". Pseudonymous Bosch. Archived from the original on April 2, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- Yin, Maryann (April 17, 2012). "Pseudonymous Bosch Lands Deal with Dial Books for Young Readers". Galleycat. Mediabistro.com. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Moore, Fernanda (July 29, 2011). "Don't Read This". Chapter 16. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Breary, Jazzmine (April 28, 2011). "How well do you know your pseudonymous authors? | Children's books". The Guardian. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
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- "IMPostor Appearances". The Name of This Website is Secret. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Bosch, Pseudonymous (May 8, 2016). "Also Known As". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
- Amazon - The Unbelievable Oscar and the Four Jokers
- Liu, Jonathan H. (October 9, 2011). "Wordstock Interview: Pseudonymous Bosch". Wired. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Amazon - The Unbelievable Oscar and the Sawed-in-Half Dads