Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Grubb, Davis

(1919-1980) US author, best-known for The Night of the Hunter (1953), filmed as an effective Psychological Thriller by Charles Laughton as The Night of the Hunter (1954). Some of the imagery from this novel, particularly the psychological battle between Good and Evil, reappears in DG's last novel, Ancient Lights (1982), which has parallels with Stephen King's The Stand (1978) in its portrayal of supernatural forces preparing for a spiritual Armageddon. DG often depicts his mounting horror through the eyes of Children; this is particularly effective in his short stories, collected as Twelve Tales of Suspense and the Supernatural (coll 1964; vt One Foot in the Grave 1966 UK), which includes "Where the Woodbine Twineth" (1964), in which a child is abducted by her Invisible Companions. "One Foot in the Grave" (1948) is almost a rewrite of "The Beast with Five Fingers" (1928) by William F Harvey, but with a severed foot rather than hand. DG's later supernatural horror stories are slightly more mystical and esoteric; they are found in The Siege of 318: Thirteen Mystical Stories (coll 1978) and You Never Believe Me (coll 1989). [MA]

Davis Alexander Grubb


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