Davis Grubb (Davis Alexander Grubb)

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West Virginia, USA
Novelist and short-story writer Davis Grubb was a descendant of one of the oldest, most prominent families in the Moundsville, West Virginia, area. He mined the area's history for some of his works, including his award-winning first novel "The Night of the Hunter", based on a thief who romanced, then killed, two widows he met through "lonely-hearts" ads, and also slaughtered three children. Grubb was offered the opportunity to write the ground-breaking 1955 film's screenplay; instead, he drew elaborate sketches of the characters for director Charles Laughton and star Robert Mitchum, who were delighted with them. Read more...