What's in a name? Especially a Herne Hillian's!?
Writing as Sax Rohmer and living in 51 Herne Hill (look for the blue plaque), Arthur Henry Ward penned his infamous Fu Manchu novels. 2013 marked the 100 year anniversary of his first 'The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu'. Asked by The New Yorker why he adopted his curious pen name, Ward replied:
'In ancient Saxon. "sax" means "blade," and "rohmer" equals "roamer". I substituted an "h" for an "a" as a gesture in the direction of phonetics--pretty obscure gesture, I guess.'