A House Pseudonym is a Pen Name
that can be used by any writer at a given publisher.
House Pseudonyms have been used to disguise that a long series has become a Franchise Zombie
by allowing other authors to use the creator's name. They have been used to make a collaborative work look like it came from a single author, using a name that belongs to neither of the actual writers.
In the internet age, some websites use them as well. It may be a conscious decision, or it may be the byproduct of giving a standard moniker to posters who aren't signed into the site.
- Hajime Yatate is a collective pseudonym for the Sunrise staff.
- Martha Marcy May Marlene has a sort-of in-universe example: All of the cult members must give their name as either "Marlene Lewis" or "Michael Lewis", depending on their gender, when they answer the phone.
- This article on The Other Wiki will tell you some of them.
- Carolyn Keene of the Nancy Drew novels and Franklin W. Dixon of The Hardy Boys novels. Notable due to the fact that both series has lasted long enough that you have to apply a serious dosage of Comic-Book Time to even pretend to believe in the house pseudonyms. The writing careers of Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon span more than eight decades. If they were real people, they'd have to be well over a hundred years old by now.
- K. A. Applegate of Animorphs.
- There is a real K. A. Applegate, but she left the series about halfway through to work on other projects while a string of ghostwriters kept it alive, though she did come Back for the Finale.
- Victor Appleton of the Tom Swift books.
- Victor Appleton II of the Tom Swift, Jr. books.
- Maxwell Grant of the Shadow novels (usually Walter B. Gibson, but also Theodore Tinsley, Bruce Eliott and on one occasion Lester Dent).
- Kenneth Robeson of the Doc Savage novels (usually Lester Dent).
- Inverted with Harry Potter. Due to the great complexity of the series, several readers thought Harry Potter was the work of multiple authors; however, J.K. Rowling rebuked those claims by stating seriously it's just me much to the awe of this disbelieving side of the fanbase.
- Erin Hunter of Warrior Cats
- James Axler of the Deathlands series and its spinoff, Outlanders
- Dr. Haha Lung: Author of a large number of books on war, martial arts, and ninjutsu such as Mind Control: The Art of Psychological Warfare. Due to the similar content and writing style of the books, for a time, this was suspected to be a pseudonym of Ashida Kim but he has denied it and has stated that Haha Lung is a house name used by Citadel Press, a former publisher of his books with whom he had a falling out years ago. He has also pointed out that Lung is a Chinese word for "dragon" and combining with the name Haha suggests "laughing dragon" (as in "Ha Ha") so this pseudonym is probably intentionally meant to be a pun of sorts. Kim has been taking issue with Citadel on what he perceives as theft of intellectual property and denial of royalties on past books published with this firm. He notes that the material in most of Lung's books is identical to the material in the books he published with the same company.
- Jack Mckinney: Author of the Robotech novels. Actually consists of James Luceno and the late Brian Daley. After Daley's death, Luceno would write three additional Robotech novels using the pseudonym.
- People who sign up for free webhosting services are a (virtual) example of this trope.
- "Anonymous Coward" at Slashdot.
- "Anonymous" at 4chan.
- Anonymous, the well-known "hacking" group. The one with the question mark and suit logo.
- Toshiaki of Futaba Channel.
- GiIvaSunner contributors who wish to remain anonymous have the artist information on their songs read "Barney Rubble" on the albums (in keeping with the channel's Flintstones theming). Highest Quality Rips Volume FOUR HOURS! instead uses "Principal Seymour Skinner" (as the album chronicles the channel's Continuity Reboot, which substituted The Simpsons for The Flintstones).
- WOR radio in New York created the character of Martha Deane during The Great Depression as a fictional Granny Classic who hosted a daily show giving domestic tips and conducting interviews, and several women played the role. The most popular one, Mary Margaret McBride, gradually gave up the pretense of the character (even admitting that she didn't really have children, let alone grandchildren), and when she left to do network radio she continued under her own name. A later Martha Deane, Marion Young Taylor, held the role for over three decades, and adopted the persona full-time. When she died the character was basically retired.
- KILT in Houston started the Hudson & Harrigan show, one of the first "morning zoo"-type Top 40 radio programs in 1967. A few years later the duo quit, but wanting to keep the brand going, KILT hired at least two other pairs to take the roles of "Hudson" and "Harrigan" over the years. The show ended up running until 2010.