William Edward Daniel Ross was born on November 16, 1912 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, son of Laura (Brooks) and William Edward Ross. In 1930, while he studied, he began his career as the manager of an acting company with which he also acted. Very early in his professional life, he was awarded the Dominion Drama Festival Prize for Playwriting. During the Second World War, he served with British Entertainment Services.

He married Charlotte McCormack, who died in 1959, and remarried in 1960, with the nurse Marilyn Ann Clark. He began writing short-stories in 1950s, and novels after his second marriage. Her wife was the first reader of his works. He wrote popular romances and gothic fiction as W. E. D. Ross and Dan Ross and under a variety of mostly female pseudonyms such as Jane Rossiter, Leslie Ames, Ellen Randolph, Ann Gilmer, Rose Williams, Rose Dana, Clarissa Ross, Marilyn Ross, Jan Daniels, Charlotte McCormack, Ruth Dorset, Miriam Leslie, Amber Ross, Dana Ross, Laura Frances Brooks, Lydia Colby, Diana Randall, and Marilyn Carter. He started writing erotic novels as Olin Ross, and Western novels as Dan Roberts and Tex Steele. He died on November 1, 1995 in his native Saint John, at 82, survived by his wife.

Book List in Order: 53 titles


  • A LOVER'S GHOST Legend has it that the ghost of Gordon Grantmeer roams the halls of the southern mansion looking for the girl it loved. When young, curious Vivian Gray arrives at the house, she is immediately caught up in the murky fears surroundi...



  • When old Emma Lathen died no one was sorry. But when she started sending malicious letters from beyond the grave, all of St. Andrews was in an uproar. Lucy Dorset thought that her doctor husband was faithful to her, that he and Sheila Farley were thr...



  • Her heart belonged to one man alone... Her blood racing with desire, her heart pounding with the fulfillment of a thousand dreams, beautiful New York debutante Elsie Cooper pledged her life and love to darkly handsome Count Alexander Martynov. Af...



  • Out of the past a dark curse threatens her dreams… her life. The Shaman Tree Stretches its twisted branches like malformed, threatening claws… High on a bluff over the river, the gnarled forbidding elm shadows the Vermont camp Jean Cross h...



  • In a mansion close by bright Edinburgh, Sarah faced terror ... a ghost's revenge and the sinister embrace of the man she loved. House of the Cursed. A jury finds her innocent, but to all Edinburgh lovely Sarah Bennett is a cold-blooded murdere...



  • In the spring of 1933, gaiety on board the great ocean liner Brittania had never been at a more feverish pitch. The glorious strains of Cole Porter filled the air, the champagne flowed, and the dancing never seemed to stop. To pretty Sally Wyse, p...



  • THE WHISPERING SHADOWS CALLED HER... TOLD HER... INSISTED THAT SHE KILL! As a curly-topped infant, Sarah was loved and cherished--even though her birth almost killed her mother... As a winsome five-year-old with shiny blue eyes, she was the perfec...



  • VAGABOND DESTINY... Well-bred, innocent Mary Cabot. Her future amid the cream of Boston society, as the pampered fiancee of banker Harry Ames, seems assured until her brother Frank vanishes--along with a suitcase full of the bank's money. Mary's des...



  • SHE WAS THE PAWN OF HER DISSOLUTE HUSBAND... Dashing Lord Andrew Blair swept his bewildered bride deep into his life of decadence on the infamous night they were wed. As the first shock waves of Revolution echoed through France, the disillusioned La...







  • The Tarnished Silver Screen Nita Nolan came to Hollywood in 1921, star-struck, beautiful and broke, like thousands of other young girls who dreamed of becoming the next Mary Pickford, Mabel Normand, or Theda Bara. Nita made her first appearance as...



  • DARK INTRIGUE BENEATH THE BRIGHTEST MOON... To escape the embrace of an elderly nobleman, lovely Betsy Chapman flees to Regency London and becomes part of a daring mission: to discover whether Napoleon still lives, and expose the handsome Frenchma...




  • A Woman Made For Love. She was the toast of two continents -- Fanny Hastings, the beautiful English actress who took America by storm, and won the heart of every man who saw her! She was pursued by many, but gave her heart to only one -- the brillian...



  • Feisty auburn haired Clare lived in a rough man's world. Together with her railroad building father, she had traveled across the raw Western frontier and seen things no proper woman should. But her heart had never been touched by any man's love-not u...



  • HONEYMOON--IN HELL! Morocco, 1890. Beautiful Gale Cormier is on her honeymoon. Her husband is right over there talking to a dark man in a red fez... at least, he was a moment ago. But now she is alone as the curious crowd in the marketplace moves ...



  • IN A GLITTERING WORLD, A HEART OF EVIL A captivating, green-eyed heiress, Della Standish had been summoned to Rome to be reunited with her long-lost twin sister, Irma - to share with this beautiful stranger the great family fortune. But from t...



  • Forced by her father's untimely death to make a living as a barmaid in the London slums, Becky Lee vowed that she'd find a better life for her and her sister by fair means or foul. Passionate yet calculating, Becky managed to seduce wealthy ship-b...



  • One ambition burned in Fanny Hastings' heart - to be an actress. Possessed of beauty, talent, and determination, she intended to let nothing and no one stand in the way of her career. Though she gave her body willingly, Fanny refused to surrender ...



  • SHE IS BOUND TO ONE MAN BY HOPE - TO ANOTHER BY LOVE Sara Glass. The captivating English rose. Her life as a married woman has just begun when her young husband, Eric, vanishes into the exotic and shimmering East... Leaving behind her safe wor...







  • Across the British Empire she fled ... Love's Runaway. Casting off the violent embrace of an Indian prince. Escaping the marriage bed of a lecherous English lord. Trying to subdue the passionate love she feels for a man she cannot have. To India ... ...



  • WIFE AND MISTRESS Married at an early age to the handsome, dissolute Sir George Nason, Joy attempted to be a dutiful and loving wife. But the abuses she was forced to suffer at her husband's hands drove her into the arms of her first lover, with w...



  • A BROODING EXOTIC MANSION A FLOOD-TIDE OF CONFLICT AND PASSION A TERRIFYING SAGA OF LOVE AND EVIL From smoggy, modern London to the ancient, winding streets of Hong Kong, this novel reaches across oceans and continents in a thunderous tale of te...



  • She clawed her way to the top - only to lose what she wanted most. Mary Scott's climb from disgraced kitchen maid to the toast of London - a theatrical beauty fit for a Prince Regent - was filled with twists and turns. One misstep could send her h...



  • STAGE SET FOR EVIL Lovely raven-haired Madeline Renais gave up her dazzling stage career when handsome Raymond Copeland asked for her hand. But when she came to live in the old family mansion, Raymond's family treated her with inexplicable hostili...



  • CUE FOR EVIL. Kim had never played opposite a leading man like Johnny Craig before. He was a handsome millionaire actor with an unsavory past she'd been warned about. But Kim had enjoyed playing opposite the handsome leading man. Even his unsavory...



  • DARK CURSE OF DOOM When Sabrina arrived to take her place as governess at the brooding mansion, she knew nothing of the sinister curse a vengeful monk had placed upon the wealthy family for whom she worked. Yet from her first moment in the ma...



  • DESIGN FOR EVIL Nina's fiance, Grant, had been killed in a mysterious car crash - though some said the scandalous rumors just before his death had already sapped his will to live. So Nina had come to the ancient family mansion to seek the truth b...



  • A LEPER'S GHOST Rose was worried when her friend Helen went to live in a commune on Pirates Island. And when Helen wrote, saying that Rose should never again try to contact her, Rose knew she must come to Dark Harbor to find her friend. Thus be...



  • SINISTER SHADOW OF EVIL When her young daughter plunged over the cliff to her death, Joyce Mills had a breakdown and was sent to a mental institution. Now, as she walked again through the dark passages of Mills Castle, built high upon a rock, a se...







  • EXOTIC PLEASURE, EXQUISITE PAIN. Lovely young Flora eagerly exhanged her dull, dreary life in England for the romance and adventure of China when she accepted a position as governess to the daughter sof wealthy merchant Henry Armitage. She soon fo...



  • A Chilling Performance By An Actor's Ghost When Jean finally regained consciousness in the hospital, her brother-in-law Ian was at her bedside. He explained that she'd been lying there unconscious for five years as a result of the car crash that h...



  • Lucy Dorset came to Moorgate as the happy bride of a dedicated young doctor. But she soon discovered that the old stone house was inhabited by a pale and lovely ghost, a victim of a fatal romantic triangle long ago. Was she imagining her husband's su...



  • ASK NO QUESTIONS... The huge old house on the California coast seemed to be constantly shrouded in fog, which added to the gloom that permeated the atmosphere and affected the senses of the people who lived there. The master of the house was the f...



  • Joan Hudson had never been to the southwestern United States before her marriage to Viet Nam veteran, Cliff Norell. Like almost all visitors, she found the country of deserts and mountains breathtaking in its beauty - and overwhelming in its sense of...



  • THE LEGEND OF GLENCOURT The Glencourt theater was a shell of the magnificent building which had once crowned Broadway. In its day it had known all of the famous stars and most of the great productions that made that street in New York famous as th...



  • Pretty young Angela Rome had only been married a short while when her husband Gilbert left on an Egyptian archaeological expedition. But when he returned, she sensed he was not the same man who went away. Something had happened to him, changed him, s...



  • PHANTOM RENDEZVOUS Connie Brewer could not resist Stephen Hemmings' job offer - he was handsome, charming, and if he seemed slightly sinister, that could be explained by his fascination with the occult. To leave cold New York and join Stephen in a...



  • DEADLY OBSESSION When Dorothy married Nick Bronson, she hoped he would leave Braemore Court. But Nick suddenly revealed a stubborn attachment to this huge ancestral home - and Dorothy became its mistress. It was not only the dark and dreary man...



  • FROM AN EVIL PAST... It was in an East Side restaurant that Ann Martin caught her first, unnerving glimpse of her husband's ex-wife. A woman who had been killed in a plane crash one year before. Yet Rolf had seen her too. And then, at their chi...







  • The curse of Brenthaven - Could Claudia Marr hide the truth from the man she loved or must he finally know that of all the accursed, she was the most damned?...



  • Lucy Gilmore, a failure in her bid for Broadway stardom, returned to her New England hometown to find her former love, Jack Mallet, still waiting and still the helpless pawn in his mother's ruthless game of domination. After a brief acting car...



  • THE SHROUDED PAST The three neighboring houses on Maine's seacoast seemed lost in the fog, cut off from the rest of the world. The houses belonged to Vera Waters, her aunt--and now there was a strange new family, who came shrouded in mystery as de...



  • PATRON OF EVIL. Who was Mr. Asmodeus? He came into Marie's life when least expected... and left without being seen by others. What strange powers did he control? Marie Holt's fiance Hugh hinted darkly at the old man's "illegal" past, but Marie kne...



  • From the Darkness Beyond... Leaving her Connecticut home would be like breaking the last remaining bonds between Sheila Everly and her dear, dead David... No, she could not leave the weathered gray mansion, with its happy memory of their love, wit...



  • While Jim was away at war, Polly stayed with his family. In their old, dark mansion overlooking Shadow Lake, murder, insanity and a curse from the past revealed the truth about the man she had married. ...



  • Fiery Inez Hill, a redhead and a Capricorn, had never knew her father. Suddenly, she learned he was dead and had left her his fortune. Inez inherited Gramcliff Manor and all that went with it -- a strange widow, two weird half-sister’s, a ghost,...



  • ASTROLOGER OR BLACK WITCH? MADAME HELENE'S STRANGE FORECAST WAS LEADING DIANA TO MADNESS...OR TO DEATH! UNDER THE SIGN OF TERROR... The job on Beacon Street was intriguing, and Diana Lewis fit perfectly the one unusual one fascinating require...




  • Had she finally met a man that she loved enough to go against her family's wishes? Rich Man's Daughter... Grace West had always obeyed her rich father's wishes - to the point of accepting Dick Browning's marriage proposal. Th...







  • Hired as a nurse for wealthy Jim Durrell's ailing uncle, Elaine Cary found herself strongly attracted to the handsome, brooding young master of Durrell Towers. Then suddenly Jim disappeared. In his place, terror stalked the corridors of the gloomy ma...



  • THE LADY AND THE VAMPIRE... The invitation to Chateau Langlais delighted Eve Lewis. She was an aficionado of black magic, and the scholarly count who had approached her during a Parisian revel promised a treasure from the past - stimulating occult...



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Complete Series List in Order

Dark Harbor

1) Ghost of Dark Harbor (Mar-1974)
2) A Hearse for Dark Harbor (Sep-1974)
3) Mists of Dark Harbor (Jan-1975)
4) Dark Harbor Haunting (1975)
5) Terror at Dark Harbor (1975)
6) Evil of Dark Harbor (Jan-1975)