Frank G(ill) Slaughter Critical Essays


Frank G(ill) Slaughter 1908–

(Has also written under pseudonym of C. V. Terry) American novelist, short story writer, nonfiction writer, and scriptwriter.

Slaughter has long reigned as one of America's best-selling and most prolific authors. More than sixty million copies of his novels are in print in twenty countries. Though Slaughter began his literary career while in the medical profession, which inspired much of his work, he eventually devoted himself exclusively to writing.

Slaughter's novels typically feature medical, biblical, and historical themes. His first work, That None Should Die (1941), reflects his early experiences as a doctor, and all his subsequent books are based on actual people and events. Some critics consider his religious novels his least effective books and prefer his historical works. Most concur with Riley Hughes, who dubbed the novels "supreme escapist stuff."

Slaughter continues to produce novels yearly and shows no sign of abandoning his successful formula. To Slaughter, an effective plot is one in which "exciting [things] happen to interesting people under colorful circumstances."

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 5-8, rev. ed. and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 5.)