Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Kerruish, Jessie Douglas

(1884-1949) UK writer who specialized mainly in romantic, historical and Arabian tales, including her first two popular novels, Miss Haroun-al-Raschid (1917) and The Girl from Kurdistan (1918), and a collection of Arabian Fantasies, Babylonian Nights' Entertainments (1934). The Undying Monster: A Tale of the Fifth Dimension (1922) is the most regularly reprinted UK Werewolf novel from the period. It tells of a Curse that breaks out horribly in successive generations of the Hammand family, and of a female Occult Detective who discovers the truth. It was filmed as The Undying Monster (1943; vt The Hammond Mystery UK).

Among her uncollected short fantasies is "The Seven-Locked Room" (1933), about the discovery of the Grail. [RD]

Jessie Douglas Kerruish


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