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Playwright succeeded with horror story (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

schiller

Here is my best explanation:

'playwright' is the definition.

(Friedrich Schiller)

'succeeded with horror story' is the subsidiary indication.

'succeeded' becomes 's' (genealogical abbreviation).

'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'horror story' becomes 'chiller'.

's'+'chiller'='schiller'

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for schiller that I've seen before include "German author", "German dramatist (Maria Stuart, Wallenstein etc.)", "Dramatist", "German dramatist/poet", "German writer", "German poet and playwright", "Author of Ode to Joy", "German poet, dramatist; William Tell, Maria Stuart" and "Writer".)

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