Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Ross, Marilyn

Best-known pseudonym of US writer William Edward Daniel Ross (1912-1995), who has written about 350 novels in various genres under this and at least 20 additional names, including Marilyn Carter, Rose Dana, Ruth Dorset, Ann Gilmer, Ellen Randolph, Clarissa Ross, Dana Ross, Olin Ross and Jane Rossiter – the last being the name attached to Summer Season (1962), his first novel. He is of genre interest mainly for the Dark Shadows sequence of novelizations tied to the tv series Dark Shadows (1966-1971): Dark Shadows * (1966), Victoria Winters * (1967), Strangers at Collins House * (1967), The Mystery at Collinwood * (1967), The Curse of Collinwood * (1968), Barnabas Collins * (1969), The Secret of Barnabas Collins * (1969), The Demon of Barnabas Collins * (1969), The Foe of Barnabas Collins * (1969), The Phantom and Barnabas Collins * (1969), Barnabas Collins Versus the Warlock * (1969), The Peril of Barnabas Collins * (1969), Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious Ghost * (1970), Barnabas Collins and Quentin's Dream * (1970), Barnabas Collins and the Gypsy Witch * (1970), House of Dark Shadows * (1970) – which novelizes the movie version – Barnabas, Quentin, and the Mummy's Curse * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Avenging Ghost * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Nightmare Assassin * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Crystal Coffin * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Witch's Curse * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Haunted Cave * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Frightened Bride * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Scorpio Curse * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Serpent * (1970), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Magic Potion * (1971), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Body Snatchers * (1971), Barnabas, Quentin, and Dr Jekyll's Son * (1971), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Grave Robbers * (1971), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Sea Ghost * (1971), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Mad Magician * (1971), Barnabas, Quentin, and the Hidden Tomb * (1971) and Barnabas, Quentin, and the Vampire Beauty * (1972).

Other works of interest include: Lust Planet (1962) as by Olin Ross; Gemini in Darkness (1969), The Secret of the Pale Lover (1969), The Corridors of Fear (1971), Satan Whispers (1981) and Summer of the Shaman (1982) as by Clarissa Ross; The Vampire Contessa (1974) and titles in the Birthstone Gothic collective sequence – The Ghost and the Garnet * (1975), The Amethyst of Tears * (1975) and Shadow over Emerald Castle * (1975) – all by Marilyn Ross. [JC]

William Edward Daniel Ross

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This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.