Russell, Ray

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(1924-1999) US author, editor and screenwriter whose work (although he wrote several stories for the SF Magazines) was mostly horror, supernatural, Fantasy and Gothic fiction for the Slicks. His first published story was "The Lesser Sin" (1953 Esquire) and his best-known is "Sardonicus" (January 1961 Playboy), assembled with other novellas as Sardonicus and Other Stories (coll 1961) and filmed as Mr Sardonicus (1961), produced and directed by William Castle. Russell was associate editor of Playboy from 1954 (becoming executive editor in 1955 and contributing editor in 1968), with special responsibility for fiction. As well as acquiring many good sf stories, he edited a number of Playboy Press genre anthologies beginning with The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (anth 1966), all anonymously as by the Editors of Playboy. In cinema, he scripted Zotz! (1962) and co-scripted The Premature Burial (1962) with Charles Beaumont and X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963; vt The Man with the X-Ray Eyes) with Robert Dillon. In 1991 he received the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. [DRL]

Raymond Robert Russell

born Chicago, Illinois: 4 September 1924

died Los Angeles, California: 15 March 1999

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