(1900-1970) US novelist, screenwriter and biographer, best-known for his historical novels, which often verged on the sensational. The only one to be overtly supernatural is The Werewolf of Paris (1933), which drew upon the historical case of Sergeant Bertrand, a notorious 19th-century murderer and cannibal. The book was one of the first complete studies of lycanthropy (see Werewolves) in modern mainstream fiction. It was part of a sequence of books he wrote about unusual or obsessed historical characters, beginning with Casanova (1930) and including the novels Babouk: The Story of a Slave (1935), which contains some references to Voodoo, Satan's Saint (1966) about the Marquis de Sade, and King of Paris (1967) about Alexandre Dumas. The Man from Limbo (1931) and Methinks the Lady (1945; vt The Furies in Her Body 1951; vt Nightmare 1957) are further studies of the dark side of the human psyche.
Much of GE's shorter fiction has not been collected. It includes several warning stories about the perils of science dabbling with the unknown. Most reprinted are "The Day of the Dragon" (1934), where a scientist reintroduces Dinosaurs, and "Men of Iron" (1940), where machines become sentient. GE also adapted Les Mains d'Orlac (1920) by Maurice Renard (1875-1940) for the screen as Mad Love (1935) and assisted in the adaptation of Abraham Merritt's Burn, Witch, Burn! (1933) as The Devil-Doll (1936). He also translated Alraune (1911; trans 1929 US) by Hanns Heinz Ewers. [MA]
Samuel Guy Endore