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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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