Chris Morris

Christopher Crosby Morris (born 1946) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a lyricist, musical composer, and singer-songwriter. He is married to author Janet Morris. He is a defense policy and strategy analyst and a principal in M2 Technologies, Inc. He writes primarily as Chris Morris, but occasionally uses pseudonyms.

Chris Morris began writing music in 1966, fiction in 1984, and nonfiction in 1989. Much of his fiction and nonfiction literary work, including all of his book-length science fiction and fantasy, has been written in collaboration with his wife Janet Morris, including two novels under the joint pseudonym of Daniel Stryker and one novel under the pseudonym of Casey Prescott. He has contributed stories to the shared universe series Thieves’ World, Heroes in Hell, and Merovingen Nights and co-authored with Janet Morris five titles in The Sacred Band of Stepsons series.

Chris Morris also writes song lyrics and melodies, and is chief songwriter, singer, and leader of the “Christopher Morris Band”, formed in 1976, whose first members were Chris Morris, Janet Morris, Leslie Kuipers and Vince Colaiuta. The “Christoper Morris Band” album, (MCA 2282) produced by Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame and featuring the Tower of Power horn section, was released by MCA Records in 1977. The album’s nine songs, all sung by Morris, included eight songs written or co-written by him. The “Christopher Morris Band” album was reviewed by Ken Tucker in Rolling Stone Magazine and in GIG Magazine; it was one of Billboard Magazine’s “Top Album Picks” (7/16/77) and listed by WBCN Boston as among WBCN’s “52 Heaviest Records for 1977.” The “Christopher Morris Band” album was also reviewed in Record World, July 23, 1977. The Christopher Morris Band was reviewed after their first major live performance as a headliner in The Boston Globe by Tom Long. Chris Morris was the band leader, and the original Christopher Morris Band was the core back-up band, for Al Kooper’s 1976-1977 “Act Like Nothing’s Wrong” national tour.

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In nonfiction, Chris Morris has authored books and articles on military and defense matters in collaboration with Janet Morris and others. Chris Morris was Research Director and Senior Fellow (1989-1994) at the United States Global Strategy Council, as well as Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1993-1995). At USGSC, Morris co-authored the nonlethal weapons concept and the seminal paper, Nonlethality: A Global Strategy, and co-led the USGSC’s Nonlethality Policy Review Group. Morris’ seminal work in nonlethal weapons is chronicled in Chapter 15 of War and Anti-War, by Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler, (Little, Brown, 1993). In 1998-1999, Chris Morris was made a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Nonlethal Technologies and his views are reflected in the associated report, Nonlethal Technologies: Progress and Prospects, Council on Foreign Relations,1999. He subsequently served in 2003-2004 as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Nonlethal Weapons, which produced the report Nonlethal Weapons and Capabilities in 2004.

Interview with the Devil
Heroika I: Dragon Eaters
The 40-Minute War
Doctors in Hell
Mystics in Hell
Poets in Hell
Dreamers in Hell
Rogues in Hell
Lawyers in Hell
Pirates in Hell
Lovers in Hell

Lovers in Hell

Only fools fall in love, and hell is filled with fools. Our damned lovers include: Christopher Marlowe and Will Shakespeare, Napoleon and Wellington, Orpheus and Eurydice, Hatshepsut and Senenmut, Abelard and Heloise, Helen and Penelope, Saint Teresa and Satan's Reaper, Madge Kendall and the Elephant Man, and more . . . -- all of whom pay a hellish price for indulging their affections.

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