I wanted to introduce you, fellow lover of “the weird”, to a long-overlooked writer of quality short fiction, Everil Worrell (1893-1969), who, beginning in 1926, was a regular contributor to Weird Tales magazine. Worrell’s perhaps most well-known story “The Canal” mixes fishermen, vampires, and murky water to make an intoxicating brew. The story first appeared in Weird Tales in December 1927; and was later made into a TV episode on Rod Serling’s popular series, Night Gallery (see end of this post).
Everil Worrell was born on November 3, 1893 in Nebraska. What was known about her life was collected in a biography written by her daughter, Jeanne Eileen Murphy, and included in the Robert Weinberg’s Weird Tales Collector in 1977.
Cover of the 1977 first edition of Robert Weinberg’s Weird Tales Collector
Worrell married in 1926, and, in the same year she began regular appearances in Weird Tales. It’s…
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