Michael Talbot (September 29, 1953 – May 27, 1992) was an American author of horror and non-fiction. His first novel, The Delicate Dependency, was published by Avon in 1982 and is considered by some to be one of the great American vampire novels. It slipped into obscurity in recent years and was rare on the secondary market, but the novel was reissued recently by Valancourt Books and has been well received. Talbot’s second novel, The Bog, was published by Jove in 1987, followed up by Night Things, published by Avon in December 1989.
Talbot was not prolific as a horror author, but he also wrote a great deal of non-fiction, contributing to the Village Voice, Omni, and other publications. He wrote several book length works of non-fiction that tied the metaphysical to quantum physics. Among these are Mysticism and the New Physics, Your Past Lives, Beyond the Quantum, and his most discussed and controversial work, The Holographic Model. Its concepts and theories are still discussed by scientists today. A YouTube search for Michael Talbot and The Holographic Universe turns up a number of interesting videos that include interviews with Talbot.
Talbot was born in Michigan but lived much of his adult life in New York City. He died in 1992 of chronic lymphocystic leukemia.
The fine folks at Valancourt Books have resissued all of Talbot’s fiction in handsome paperback and ebook editions. You can find them on Amazon here.
The featured image for this article is from artwork by Gary Ruddell. The cover scans in the gallery below are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.