Gorgo (novelization)

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Gorgo (novelization)
Author(s) Bruce Cassiday
Publisher Monarch Books
Publish date July 1960
Genre Film adaptation, science fiction

Gorgo is a movie tie-in novelization based on King Brothers Productions' 1961 film Gorgo, written by Bruce Cassiday under the pseudonym Carson Bingham. It was published by Monarch Books in July 1960, about nine months before the film's release in the United States.

While the original 141-page paperback has been out of print for decades, it was reprinted by BearManor Media in 2014, accompanied by a Gorgo production background written by Bill Cooke and the film's shooting script.


Sam Slade didn't believe in Gorgo until he saw the monster's hideous scaly face, its slimy green talons and the massive mouth that could swallow a killer whale.

Sam didn't believe in love, either, until he met virginal Moira McCartin and helped her to discover the deep passions slumbering within her.

Moira taught him to love and Gorgo taught him to fear. Spewn from some sub-oceanic cavern, the monster catapulted from the sea, threatening death for all who challenged it.

Captured, it presented even more of a problem, for deep in the bowels of the sea was a larger, more vicious monster, even now rising from the depths to rescue its offspring and to destroy everything in its path - battleships, tanks and half of London!

Differences from the film

  • As even the description on the back cover suggests, the novelization contains numerous sexual situations that are completely absent from the film.
  • Sean has a half-sister named Moira who becomes Sam's love interest.
  • Sam and Joe are menaced by a octopus and orca and saved by Gorgo. This scene is based on one that was planned for the film, but was ultimately cut.[1]
  • When Gorgo escapes his enclosure, he fights a circus elephant that gets loose. This scene is also based on one that was planned for the film, but was ultimately cut.[1]
  • Maurice Kaufmann's reporter character, who narrates Ogra's rampage through London in bombastic fashion in the film, does not appear.



  • Monarch Books would publish several other horror movie tie-in novelizations with added sex scenes in the early 1960s, including those of Konga and Reptilicus. Both of these novels were written by Dudley Dean McGaughey under the pseudonym Dean Owen.


This is a list of references for Gorgo (novelization). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cooke, Bill (27 March 2014). Gorgo. BearManor Media. p. 23. ISBN 978-1593934996.


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