Ray Russell

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Ray Russell (4 September 1924 – 15 March 1999) was an American writer of short stories, novels, and screenplays. In 1991 he received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.[1]

His most famous short fiction is "Sardonicus", which appeared in the January 1961 issue of Playboy magazine, and was subsequently adapted by Russell into a screenplay for William Castle's film version, titled Mr. Sardonicus. American writer Stephen King called "Sardonicus" "perhaps the finest example of the modern gothic ever written". "Sardonicus" was part of a trio of stories with "Sanguinarius" and "Sagittarius".

Russell was also one of the screenwriters for Roger Corman's X (also known as X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes) and The Premature Burial (based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story).


  • Sardonicus and Other Stories (1961)
  • The Case Against Satan (1963)
  • Unholy Trinity (1964)
  • The Little Lexicon of Love (1966)
  • The Colony (1969)
  • Sagittarius (Playboy Science Fiction/Fantasy, 1971)
  • Prince of Darkness (1971)
  • Incubus (1976)
  • Holy Horatio! (1976)
  • Princess Pamela (1979)
  • The Devil's Mirror (1980)
  • The Book of Hell (1980)
  • The Bishop's Daughter (1981)
  • Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Tales of Ray Russell (1985)
  • Absolute Power (1992)

Short stories

  • "Sardonicus"
  • "Comet Wine"
  • "The Actor"
  • "The Cage"
  • "The Exploits of Argo"
  • "The Sword of Laertes"
  • "Montage"
  • "Booked Solid"
  • "Take A Deep Breath"
  • "The Pleasure Was Ours"
  • "The Room"
  • "I Am Returning"
  • "Incommunicado"
  • "His Father's House"
  • "Last Will And Testament"
  • "The Rosebud"
  • "London Calling"
  • "Ounce of Prevention"
  • "Xong of Xuxan"



  1. World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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