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Ray Russell (III) (1924–1999)


He was for many years the senior fiction editor of "Playboy" magazine, which published many of his stories. See more trivia »

"The Handmaid's Tale" Stars Celebrate Multiple Wins

"The Handmaid's Tale" stars Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, and Ann Dowd celebrate one another's acting wins and the show's big success on Emmys night.

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Known For

Mr. Sardonicus
Premature Burial
Zotz! Writer


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 2017 Tennessee Gothic (screenplay based on his short story) (post-production)
 1982 The Incubus (novel)
 1966 Chamber of Horrors (story)
 1964 The Horror of It All (written by)
 1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (screenplay) / (story)
 1962 Zotz! (screenplay)
 1962 Premature Burial (screenplay by)
 1961 Mr. Sardonicus (novella "Sardonicus") / (screenplay)

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Fiction: "The Black Wench", "Playboy" (USA), November 1985, p.88-89+167-178. See more »

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Personal Quote:

"I would say ... ego, guilt, boredom, the need for approval, a love of language, and the desire to entertain myself. I think it was William Saroyan who said he wrote so that he would have something good to read in his old age. That's not a bad reason." (on why he writes)


Studied at both the Goodman Memorial Theatre and the Chicago Conservatory of Music. See more »

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