Fred Davis Chappell is an author and poet. He was an English professor for 40 years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997–2002. He attended Duke University. His 1968 novel Dagon, which was named the Best Foreign Book of the Year by the Académie française, is a recasting of a Cthulhu Mythos horror story as a psychologically realistic Southern Gothic. His literary awards include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize.
He is best known as the author and poet of Dagon (1968), a psychological thriller with supernatural overtones. I Am One of You Forever (1985) and Castle Tzingal are two of his other masterpieces (1984).
He taught English at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro for forty years after graduating from Duke University.
He served as North Carolina's Poet Laureate for five years.
He was born in the North Carolina town of Canton. Heath, his son, was born to him and his wife Susan.
He was a poet laureate, as was Randall Jarrell.
Poets Laureate of North Carolina. Poets from North Carolina. Bollingen Prize recipients. Cthulhu Mythos writers. Writers of American Southern literature. World Fantasy Award-winning writers