William Wirt Sikes (1836-1883) was an author, journalist and critic, born in America. In Chicago, he worked for the Times and the Evening Journal. He began to write, and published his stories in the Youths Companion and Oliver Optics Magazine. He wrote under several pen names. His works include: A Book for the Winter Evening Fireside (1858), One Poor Girl: The Story of Thousands (1869), British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1880), Rambles and Studies in Old South Wales (1881) and Studies of Assassination (1881).