James Axler is a house pseudonym used by Gold Eagle Books, the action adventure imprint of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.The pseudonym was first used for the Deathlands series, which began in 1986 with Pilgrimage to Hell, co-written by Christopher Lowder (under the pseudonym Jack Adrian) and Laurence James. He went on to write the next 32 novels in the Deathlands series as James Axler before passing away in February 2000. The next writer to work under the "Axler" pen name was prolific author Mark Ellis. A comics creator and writer, Ellis created the cult-favorite character Death Hawk, as well as working on such popular properties such as Doc Savage, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, The Justice Machine, The Avenger, The Green Hornet, The Saint and The Wild Wild West.Ellis contributed to Gold Eagle's Mack Bolan: The Executioner series and wrote three novels in the Deathlands series, with uncredited contributions to two others. In 1996 he created the best-selling OUTLANDERS series. He has produced more books as "James Axler" than any other writer.With the cancellation of the Gold Eagle imprint at the end of 2015, OUTLANDERS ended its 18.5 year run, making it the most successful mass-market paperback series of the last 29 years.Mark Ellis has been featured in Starlog, Comics Scene and Fangoria magazines. He has also been interviewed by Robert Siegel for NPR's All Things Considered.