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Kerruish, Jessie Douglas

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1884-1949) UK author, initially of romances with fantasy elements [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and also of numerous short stories from around 1910, several of them assembled later as Babylonian Nights' Entertainment: A Selection of Narratives from the Text of Certain Undiscovered Cuneiform Tablets (coll 1934). Of some sf interest is her Werewolf tale, The Undying Monster: A Tale of the Fifth Dimension (1922), which provides a semblance of scientific rationale for Shapeshifting as being based in prehistory; the werewolf himself is, at least temporarily, cured by hypnotism (see Hypnosis). This was filmed as The Undying Monster (1942; vt The Hammond Monster), a Monster Movie treatment whose werewolf is killed at the finale. [JC]

Jessie Douglas Kerruish

born Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool, County Durham: 1884

died Hove, Sussex: 1949

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