A. R. Morlan

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A. R. Morlan
BornArlette Renee Morlan
January 3, 1958
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 4/5, 2016
Ladysmith, Wisconsin, U.S.
Pen name
  • Renee M. Charles
  • Ana Rose Morlan
  • Karl Rene Moore
  • novelist
  • short story writer
Alma materMount Senario College
  • horror
  • science fiction
  • vampire
  • erotica
  • gay erotica

A. R. Morlan (January 3, 1958 – January 4/5, 2016; née, Arlette Renee Morlan, later, Ana Rose Morlan; pseudonyms Renee M. Charles, Ana Rose Morlan, and Karl Rene Moore) was an American author of novels and short stories whose works of fiction have appeared in anthologies. She wrote in various genres includes horror, science fiction, vampire, erotica, and gay erotica.

Early life[edit]

Arlette Renee Morlan was born in Chicago, Illinois, January 3, 1958. From 1961 to 1969, she lived in Los Angeles, California. Morlan described a troubled childhood in a 2014 interview. Her mother and maternal grandmother had isolated her and terrorized her. After Morlan's mother lost custody of Arlette, the mother took Arlette to a different state and for fifty years, Arlette was out of contact with her father.[1]

Morlan graduated from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, in 1980.[2][better source needed]


"My VERY bible-belt relatives–they don’t even know who/’what’ Harry Potter is!!– have said to me that they wish they could make my erotica [and horror and sf too] just ‘go away’ which is why I’m planning to formally disinherit all of them in my will! I can’t stand them!" (A. R. Morlan, quoted in Circlet, 2016)[3]

Morlan's first story, "Four Days Before the Snow", was published in 1985. More short stories and novels followed, including The Amulet (1991) and Dark Journey (1991). Her story "Yet Another Poisoned Apple for the Princess" appeared in a well-reviewed anthology, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (1994), alongside works by Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow, Geoffrey Landis, and Terri Windling.[4] Morlan was nominated for a Tiptree Award in 1998, for "The Hetairai Turncoat", published under the pseudonym Karl-Rene Moore.[5]

In the 1990s, she worked for the Writer's Digest as an instructor for correspondence courses, but with a changing market brought on by technology, she was dropped by this employer. Morlan had "no computer, no Internet, and no cell phone".[3] She also did not have a driver's license.[6] Describing herself as being "totally computer illiterate",[1] she worked on a typewriter and used carbon paper to produce a duplicate copy of her writings.[3]

By 2000, Morlan had published 93 works of short fiction.[3] Several of her collections were published, such as Smothered Dolls (2006), Ewerton Death Trip (2011), and Homely in the Cradle and Other Stories (2015).[2] She used various pen names for her science fiction and horror works, including Renee M. Charles and Ana Rose Morlan, eventually changing her legal name to the latter.[7][better source needed] Her erotica works were published as Renee M. Charles, while her gay erotica publications were under the pseudonym, Karl Rene Moore.[3] Morlan was influenced by Mary Shelley, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Alice Sheldon.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Morlan had dyslexia,[6] arthritis and Asperger syndrome.[1] She cared for dozens of cats at a time. In mid-2015, she was charged with cashing her mother's social security checks dating back to 2011.[3]

She was found dead at her home in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on January 6, 2016 in an apparent suicide, which occurred one or two days before. She was 58.[2][8]

Selected works[edit]

  • Dark Journey, Bantam Spectra, 1991, ISBN 0-553-29152-1
  • The Amulet, Bantam Books, 1991, ISBN 0-553-28908-X
  • Smothered Dolls, Overlook Connection Press, 2006, ISBN 1-892950-71-5
  • Ewerton Death Trip: A Walk Through the Dark Side of Town, Borgo Press / Wildside Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4344-1238-6
  • Rillas and Other Science Fiction Stories, Borgo Press / Wildside Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4344-4427-1
  • Of Vampires & Gentlemen: Tales of Erotic Horror, Borgo Press / Wildside Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4344-4467-7
  • The Chimera and the Shadowfox Griefer and Other Curious People, Borgo Press / Wildside Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4344-4518-6
  • The Fold-O-Rama Wars at the Blue Moon Roach Hotel and Other Colorful Tales of Transformation and Tattoos, Borgo Press / Wildside Press, 2012 ISBN 978-1-4344-4517-9
  • The Hemingway Kittens and Other Feline Fancies and Fantasies, Borgo Press / Wildside Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-4794-0120-8
  • Homely in the Cradle and Other Stories, Wildside Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4794-0558-9
  • The A.R. Morlan Megapack, Wildside Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4794-0485-8
  • The Bone-God's Lair and Other Tales of the Famous and the Infamous, Wildside Press, 2016, ISBN 978-1-4794-2006-3


  1. ^ a b c d Ratajski, Caroline (8 October 2014). "Author Spotlight: A.R. Morlan". Nightmare Magazine (25). Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "A.R. Morlan (1958-2016)". Locus Online. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Life is fragile and so are stories: Goodbye to A.R. Morlan aka Renee M. Charles". Circlet Press. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ Shard, Randel (1995-09-22). "Madison is home to horror, fantasy collection". The Capital Times. p. 15. Retrieved 2022-03-18 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Summary Bibliography: Karl-René Moore". ISFDB (Internet Speculative Fiction Database). Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  6. ^ a b Morlan, A. R. (1998-10-04). "Feeling stuck". Chicago Tribune. p. 223. Retrieved 2022-03-18 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Fulbright, Christopher (17 January 2016). "Rest In Peace A.R. Morlan (1958-2016)". Realms of Night. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  8. ^ Silver, Steven H (10 January 2016). "Obituary: A. R. Morlan". SF Site News. Retrieved 25 June 2019.