Howard R. Garis (1873-1962) was the most prolific ghostwriter for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Over a span of 30 years he wrote some 315 books for them.
His name was placed on the title pages and covers of several series that were owned and outlined by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, including:
- The Larry Dexter series (1907—1915)
- The Dick Hamilton series (1909—1914)
- The Curlytops series (volumes 1-12: 1918—1928)
The appearance of a real author’s name on a Stratemeyer Syndicate series is highly unusual because of the problems Stratemeyer had with Chatterton-Peck in 1907. The fact that this continued for many years was a testament to the friendship and cordial business relationship between Edward Stratemeyer and Howard R. Garis.