Thomas Owen is the pen-name of Gérald Bertot (1910-2002). He was born at Louvain and studied Law at the university there, before taking over as manager of his family’s flour-mill, a job he was to do for 43 years. In his spare time, he was keen on surrealist art and wrote art criticism under the pseudonym Stéphane Rey. During the Second World War he remained at the flour-mill and began to write detective novels, several of which were published between 1941 and 1943. His friendship with the novelist Jean Ray led him to write the fantasy novel Les Chemins Etranges under the pen-name Thomas Owen, which revealed his considerable talent for writing taut, suspense-filled prose with a shocking ending, often written in the first person, and including vampires, ghosts and other supernatural characters. He wrote a further ten novels, the last La Truie being published posthumously.