Leonard Frank Meares was an Australian writer of western fiction. He wrote over 700 Westerns for the Australian paperback publishers Cleveland and Horwitz using the pseudonym "Marshall McCoy", "Marshalll Grover" "Ward Brennan" and "Glenn Murrell". Among his most famous characters were "Larry & Stretch", Larry Valentine and Stretch Emerson. In the Nordic countries they were known as "Bill & Ben". He introduced Larry and Stretch in Drift!, his tenth books for Cleveland.