Endore, S Guy

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(1900-1970) US author, film scriptwriter and translator, some of whose realistic Fantasy novels can in a marginal sense be considered as sf (see Psychology). The best known is The Werewolf of Paris (1933), set in the shambles of 1871 Paris, where a French soldier is succumbing to lycanthropy (see Werewolves); this represents on a human scale the civic trauma of the body politic as the Commune falls, dramatizing the transgressive implications of such traumas; it was filmed as The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), though Endore did not write the filmscript. Methinks the Lady (1945; vt The Furies in her Body 1951; vt Nightmare 1956), a courtroom drama, explains its central female Jekyll-and-Hyde character in Freudian terms; it was filmed as Whirlpool (1949) directed by Otto Preminger. Though having relatively little influence on the sf field, Endore, an unusually direct writer for his period, was a highly effective purveyor of sexual fantasies. After persecution by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Endore continued to write filmscripts, though sometimes as by Harry Relis. He had already collaborated on scripts for the films Mad Love (a version of Orlacs Hände) and The Devil-Doll; later work included Captain Sindbad (1963) directed by Byron Haskin. [JC]

see also: Gothic SF.

Samuel Guy Endore

born New York: 4 July 1900

died Los Angeles, California: 12 February 1970

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