Robert Tralins

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Robert Tralins
Born 28 April 1926 (1926-04-28)
Died 20 May 2010 (2010-05-21) (aged 84)
Nationality American
Occupation Novelist
Years active 1960s - 2010

Robert Tralins (April 28, 1926 – May 20, 2010) was a prolific author/novelist whose career began in the 1960s and continued until his death. He is best known for his first-hand research and story collections featured on the television shows Miracles and Other Wonders and Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction.[1]


Tralins first became known when he wrote Pleasure Was My Business, the tell-all memoirs of Madam Sherry, an infamous, Miami, Florida, madam.[1] The book was put on trial in rem and banned in the State of Florida.[1] The ban was later reversed in a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. (See TRALINS v. GERSTEIN, 378 U.S. 576 (1964)). In an internationally publicized lawsuit filed by ex-King Farouk of Egypt claiming never to have been in Miami, Tralins produced documentary evidence that he had indeed been, and won a $750,000 libel lawsuit and judgment against him.[2]

Tralins has published 251 books under his own name and a dozen pseudonyms, including Sean O'Shea.[1] He is best known for his novels Squaresville Jag, The Cozmozoids, Android Armageddon, Black Pirate, Panther John, the Miss From S.I.S. series, the Valentine Flynn novels, a dozen mind, body, spirit books, and numerous historical novels. And for a series of paperback novels in which a James Bond-like character, Jack Lund, defeats drug lords, terrorists, and evil-intentioned occult groups.[1]

Selected Published Works

  • How to Be a Power Closer in Selling (1960)
  • Dynamic Selling (1961)
  • Pleasure Was My Business (1963)
  • Squaresville Jag (1965)
  • The Chic Chick Spy (1966)
  • The Cosmozoids (1966)
  • What a Way to Go! (1966) Valentine Flynn No. 1 (writing as Sean O'Shea)
  • Strange Events Beyond Human Understanding (1966)
  • Operation Boudoir (1967) Valentine Flynn No. 2 (writing as Sean O'Shea)
  • Win with Sin (1967) Valentine Flynn No. 3 (writing as Sean O'Shea)
  • The Nymph Island Affair (1967) Valentine Flynn No. 4 (writing as Sean O'Shea)
  • Invasion of The Nymphomaniacs (1967) Valentine Flynn No. 5 (writing as Sean O'Shea)
  • Clairvoyant Strangers (1968)
  • The Topless Kitties (1968) Valentine Flynn No. 6 (writing as Sean O'Shea)
  • ESP forewarnings (1969)
  • Weird People of the Unknown (1969)
  • Black Brute (1969)
  • Runaway Slave (1969)
  • Children of the Supernatural (1969)
  • The Hidden Spectre (1970)
  • Slave King (1970)
  • Supernatural Strangers (1970)
  • Clairvoyance in Women (1970)
  • Black Pirate (1971)
  • Ghoul Lover (1972)
  • Clairvoyant Women (1972)
  • Black Stud (1973)
  • Android Armageddon (1974)
  • Rampage (1974)
  • Slaves Revenge (1974)
  • Super-natural Warnings (1974)
  • Black Roots (1977)
  • Buried Alive (1977)
  • Life After Death (1977)
  • Panther John (1980)
  • Chains (1981)
  • Flight Signals (1990)
  • Signal: Intruder (1991)
  • Signal: Blackbird (1992)
  • Deadshot (1993)


  1. ^ a b c d e Meacham, Andrew (May 25, 2010). "Robert Tralins wrote banned and bordello books, as well as stories that inspired 'Beyond Belief'". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "'Madam' says Farouk was prize patron". The Dispatch. UPI. June 23, 1962. Retrieved March 2, 2015.

External links and sources

  • Robert Tralins on IMDb
  • Robert Tralins official web site (down)
  • List of works by Robert Tralins at Fantastic Fiction
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