(1881-1965) US author, most noted for his novels set in the US South, of which The Store (1932) won the Pulitzer Prize. TSS's fantasy, some verging on sf, tends to have been ignored except by enthusiasts. "The Green Splotches" (1920 Adventure), perhaps the best-known, is a South American adventure featuring aliens. "The Web of the Sun" (1922 Adventure) is a Lost-Race novel set in a South American valley guarded by a giant Spider whose venom causes longevity (> Immortality). East is East (1922 Argosy; 1928) is a routine adventure set in North Africa but involves a crystal which controls its own destiny and allows insight into the future (> Scrying). "Christ in Chicago" (1926 Adventure) is an sf novel exploring the concept of eugenics but also involving faith-Healing. "Mogglesby" (1930 Adventure), another African adventure, concerns the discovery of a tribe of intelligent Apes. These Bars of Flesh (1938), a Satire on institutions, incorporates a research project into life after death. TSS wrote a series of very popular stories about the detective Dr Poggioli; all were unorthodox, but most were nonfantastic – although "The Governor of Cap Haitien" (1925 Adventure) involves Voodoo and "A Passage to Benares" (1926 Adventure) incorporates Oriental supernaturalism. These stories were collected as Clues of the Caribbees (coll 1929) and Best Dr Poggioli Detective Stories (coll 1975). [MA]
further reading: "T.S. Stribling, Subliminal Science-Fictionist" by Sam Moskowitz in Fantasy Commentator #40, Winter 1989-1990.
Thomas Sigismund Stribling