John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris (1903-69) was a British novelist who wrote under the name John Wyndham, although he had at least seven other pen-names. Wyndham began publishing stories in the early 1930s, often in American magazines, but did not really find his stride as a writer as John Wyndham until he returned from serving for World War II.
The War changed the world drastically and it was now in the grips of nuclear apocalypse, a scenario that both terrified and fascinated Wyndam. His 1951 novel, The Day of the Triffids transformed him as a writer. While Wyndham's approach to writing is best classified as fantasy and science fiction, his work is often said to transcend both genre and category.
Following The Day of the Triffids in 1951, Wyndham wrote a series of remarkable novels that include The Chrysalids (1955) and The Midwich Cuckoos (1957), as well as several short story collections. As noted, Wyndham did write under several of his other pseudonyms, and several of these titles were released after his death in March of 1969. There were two film versions, both titled Village of the Damned, made from The Midwich Cuckoos.