(1854-1923) US author who began selling short stories in 1879 and is generally thought of as primarily a writer of Horror, though some of the tales assembled in The Ape, the Idiot & Other People (coll 1897) are sf. His first venture into outright sf was "The Surgeon's Experiment" (15 October 1887 The Argonaut; vt "The Monster-Maker" in The Ape, the Idiot & Other People coll 1897), in which a Mad Scientist doctor decapitates a patient (who had begged him to assist in his suicide) but keeps the body alive, though gorilla-like (see Devolution). Lentala of the South Seas: The Romantic Tale of a Lost Colony (1908) is a Lost Race tale set on a South Seas Island, where evidences of a white race is discovered. The Monstermaker and Other Stories (coll 2000) assembles all of Morrow's supernatural and sf work. [JC]
see also: Monsters [tv].
William Chambers Morrow
born Selma, Alabama: 7 July 1854
died Ojai, California: 3 April 1923
- Sam Moskowitz. "W C Morrow: Forgotten Master of Horror – The First Phase" in Discovering Classic Horror Fiction I (Mercer Island, Washington: Starmont House, 1992) edited by Darrell Schweitzer [nonfiction: anth: the essay deals with Morrow's career up to 1897: Discovering: pb/Bruce Timm]
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