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Charlee Jacob

Nell Anne “Charlee” Jacob (June 6, 1952 – July 14, 2019) was laid to rest Saturday, July 27 in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, TX among family and friends. Charlee was married to Jim Jacob in January, 1983 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, where the memorial service was held yesterday morning. In recent years, she suffered from a number of ailments, including fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and narcolepsy. She was a Texas native, born in Wichita Falls in 1952, a poet and horror author with over 900 publishing credits, 18 books, and four Bram Stoker awards to her name.

She began publishing fiction in earnest in the mid-1990s, but had credits dating back to 1981. Her earliest work was published under the name Charlee Carter Broach, including poetry in small press magazines such as Electrum and Orphic Lute. Her first published short story, “September Street,” appeared in the October 4, 1990 issue of the Dallas Observer under the name Charlee Jacob.

Charlee was a prolific poet as well as an author of stories and novels. In the early 1990s she was frequently published in the magazines Prisoners of the Night, Palace Corbie, Black Lotus, Star*Line, Thin Ice, and Midnight Zoo, among others. Her first poetry collection, An Ancient Death is the Most Beautiful was published by Shadowfire Press in 1997, and her first novel, This Symbiotic Fascination, was published by Necro Publications in 1997. Her collection of short stories, along with the title novella, Dread in the Beast, came out the following year from Necro Publications. She later expanded the novella into a full length novel, which won the Bram Stoker award in 2005. Delirium Books published her collections Up, Out of Cities that Blow Hot and Cold and Guises in 2000 and 2002. In 2002, This Symbiotic Fascination was published by Leisure Books in mass market paperback, followed by Haunter in 2003. An expanded version of Haunter was published by Delirium Books in 2004 as Soma in signed limited hardcover editions. Charlee continued to be published by Delirum Books, Bloodletting Press, Dark Regions, Wilder Publications, and Necro Publications. Necro remains her primary publisher today, with most of her back-titles reissued in attractive and affordable editions. Her latest novel, Containment, was released in 2017.

I first met Charlee and Jim in 2003. I was searching for like-minded souls in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area when I heard about a book signing with a group of local horror authors around Halloween. I had joined the HWA not long before that, saw that many chapters had formed in other regions, and was intent on forming one in our area. I drove to the Borders bookstore (now long gone) on Lovers Lane in Dallas where I met my future wife Angeline, plus Steve Wedel, Richard Weber, John Paul Allen, Elaine Cunningham, and of course Jim and Charlee. I stayed for a couple of hours, we all got along great, and everyone was on-board with forming what came to be known as the DFW HWA. We had our first formal meeting a few weeks later, and were joined in 2005 by Dean Andersson, Brian Moreland, and a handful of other members. Those were fun times, when horror seemed to be on a comeback. We had well-attended events, sponsored tables for signings at local conventions to help our authors publicize their works, hosted authors from other regions, and received strong support from Deborah LeBlanc, a Louisiana author who served as president of the HWA from 2006 to 2010. Our chapter regularly attended FenCon, ConDFW, and Texas Frightmare Weekend as guests, with Jim and Charlee as anchor members. Alas, life happened, personal interests turned elsewhere, and the DFW HWA shut down in 2012 after many good years promoting awareness of locally crafted horror fiction.

In our years together in the DFW HWA, Charlee was kind and always gracious with her time, advice, and support. She was happy to chat with fans and open to conversation on various sundry topics from history to mythology to the stars, from the meaning of life to the meaning of death. She’s now found her place in the great beyond, leaving behind a loyal following of fans and devotees. Her official obituary is available here. Those interested in visiting her grave site to pay their respects can find it here.

During the DFW HWA years, I was webmaster for Charlee’s site. It included a complete bibliography up through 2005, which I can’t seem to find on the web elsewhere, so I have made the bibliography available for download, albeit incomplete.

The following scans are from the library of Christopher Fulbright and the featured art for this post is by Travis Anthony Soumis. To browse the list of Charlee Jacob titles currently available on Amazon, click here.

Owl Goingback

Owl Goingback is an American author of supernatural horror and suspense. He spent his early days in the U.S. Air Force working as a jet engine mechanic, then owned a restaurant and lounge for a while before committing to writing full time in 1987. His American Indian Choctaw-Cherokee heritage informs much of his fiction. His first novel Crota features a creature lifted from Native American mythology, an Indian curse as a lynch pin for the plot, and a sheriff and shaman working together to overcome ancient evil. Crota sold to Signet and won the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 1996.

Goingback’s short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies. His short story “Grass Dancer” appeared in Warner Books’ Excalibur anthology in 1996 and was nominated for a Nebula Award the same year. In addition to a number of children’s books, Goingback was the author of four more horror novels: Shaman Moon, which appeared in The Essential World of Darkness, an omnibus with four other novels published by White Wolf in 1997, followed by Darker Than Night (1999), Evil Whispers (2001), and Breed (2002), all published by Signet.

Goingback currently lives in Florida with his wife and two sons. To browse the list of his titles currently available in print and eBook editions, click here.

These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.

John Farris

FarrisJohn-authorphotoJohn Farris is an American author of horror, mystery, and suspense. His first novel, The Corpse Next Door, was published in 1956, followed by mystery and suspense novels alternately published under his own name and the pseudonym Steve Brackeen.  Farris has consistently produced novels almost every year since then, amassing a long and impressive bibliography.

Farris’s early success came from a series of books set at the fictional Harrison High, once a highly-regarded upper-class high school that’s suffered a fall from grace and now is populated by troubled kids in troubled times rife with crime, sex, and corruption. The six books in the series were spawned from what some reviewers have called the Juvenile Delinquent fiction era. My best guess is this trend was kicked-off by books like The Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain) and street-gang novels. Maybe it even grew out of the success of The Catcher in the Rye. I admit I don’t know much about the sub-genre — just the books I noted above (does William Goldman’s The Temple of Gold fit here?) along with the early novels of Harlan Ellison.

I discovered John Farris’s work in my early teen years, when I bought 50-cent books off the rack in the back room of the Woodland Park Library.  More often than not, what I found there were gothic mysteries and romance novels, but occasionally some other stuff turned up. When Michael Calls caught my eye, so I picked it up and have fond memories of the novel. I later read Nightfall, Shatter, and Scare Tactics, which fairly well sold me on the idea that I really liked this guy’s fiction. It wasn’t until many years later that I read The Fury and All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By, which I tend to think are pretty important novels in the history of modern horror. Three of his novels have been made into movies, including The Fury, directed in 1978 by Brian De Palma, featuring a star-studded cast including Kirk Douglas and John Cassavetes (who also starred in Rosemary’s Baby) and Amy Irving (who also appeared in Carrie). Farris’s adaptation of The Fury was just one of several screenplays he wrote, including Dear Dead Delilah, which he directed in 1973.

Farris was born in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1936. He was raised in Tennessee and attended Southwestern College, where he worked for two newspapers covering sports. He worked on a graduate degree in English at the University of Missouri. His Wikipedia entry says he also paints and write poetry. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

To view a list of John Farris novels currently available, click here.

Half of these scans were kindly provided by paperback collector David Dodd. The other half are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.

Rick Hautala

RickHautala_authorphotoRick Hautala (February 3, 1949 – March 21, 2013) was an American horror author from Maine. He had over 30 books published in his lifetime. His debut novel Moondeath was released in 1980 by Zebra books. The cover bore a quote from Stephen King; according to Hautala’s obituary, he and King were classmates at the University of Maine in Orono, where Hautala earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature in 1974.

Hautala wrote 12 novels for Zebra throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including his 1986 million-copy bestseller Night Stone, which was the first novel to feature a holographic image on the cover, a gimmick Zebra used on several other horror novels during that time. He went on to co-author the five-book Body of Evidence series with Christopher Golden for Pocket Books, and wrote several books published by Berkley under the pen name A.J. Matthews from 2001 to 2007.  Hautala was also a prolific writer of short stories which appeared in many popular magazines and anthologies, including Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Stalkers, Masques IV, 999 and Night Visions 9 to name just a few. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association in 2012. I had the pleasure of interviewing Rick Hautala in February 2013, focusing on his years writing for Zebra books; the interview was published in Cemetery Dance #72.

Many of Hautala’s books, including an autobiography, have been issued in electronic editions by Crossroads Press. Click here to see a list of what’s available.

These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.

The Shadow

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Americans have known the answer to this question since the early 1930s, when the iconic figure of The Shadow was born.  The Shadow not only knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men, but he also had the power to cloud men’s minds, seem invisible to those around him, and hypnotize the weak-minded fools who failed to realize that crime does not pay.

The Shadow was introduced to audiences in 1930 via a radio show called Detective Stories sponsored by Street & Smith, which also published a massive number of pulp magazines. As the character quickly took root in the canon of American icons, Street & Smith wanted to capitalize on the popularity of the show. They enlisted reporter and magician Walter Gibson, who’d had a few stories published in Detective Story Magazine, to write the first of The Shadow’s adventures to appear in print. The Shadow Magazine was born with the publication of Gibson’s first Shadow novel, The Living Shadow, published in April 1931 under the pen name Maxwell Grant.

The magazine quickly gained in popularity, at which time Gibson found himself consumed by a lucrative but demanding career.  In less than a year, the magazine’s publishing schedule went from quarterly to twice a month, requiring Gibson to write two Shadow adventure novels per month, 24 novels per year.  Citing multiple sources, a Wikipedia article says that “Gibson is estimated to have written, at his peak output, 1,680,000 words a year and at least 283 of the 336 Shadow novels. Gibson ultimately contributed more than 15,000,000 words towards Shadow publications; more than any other author in history has contributed to a single fictional continuity.[1]

To browse the list of Shadow titles currently available, click here. A chronological list of Shadow novels can be found here.

These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright. The Pyramid, Jove, and Dover covers feature art by Jim Steranko.

Diane Hoh

HohDiane_authorphotoDiane Hoh is an American author of young adult thrillers, most of which were published between the years 1990 and 1999. She is probably best known for her series Nightmare Hall, which ran for 29 books between 1993 and 1995, published under Scholastic’s Point Horror imprint. She also wrote several stand alone novels; her first thriller for the Point Horror line was Funhouse, which became a national bestseller in 1990. She was born in Warren, Pennsylvania and now lives in Austin, Texas.

To browse the list of her titles currently available in print and eBook editions, click here.

These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.

William W. Johnstone

JohnstoneWilliam-authorphotoWilliam W. Johnstone (October 28, 1938 – February 8, 2004) was an American author of over 200 novels in many genres who met with early success in horror, but went on to become a bestselling author of men’s adventure and western series fiction. His 1980 novel The Devil’s Kiss launched his career as a full time writer.  He wrote more than 20 horror novels through the mid-1990s before refocusing his efforts on action/adventure series and westerns, eventually hitting the USA Today bestseller lists.

Johnstone’s life was as interesting as one of his novels. The bio on his official website says that he was “born in Southern Missouri, the youngest of four children. Raised with strong moral and family values by his minister father, and well-tutored by his school teacher mother, Bill quit school when he was fifteen. He was kicked out of the French Foreign Legion for being under age and joined the carnival. But still valuing his education, he returned home to finish his high school education in 1957. He went on to work as a deputy sheriff, did a hitch in the army, and began a career in radio broadcasting, where he worked daily on his verbal and storytelling skills for the next sixteen years on the air.”

It’s interesting from my perspective to see that Johnstone was raised with a strong moral background; in discussing his horror novels, I have a friend who categorizes his work as Protestant Horror, i.e. all the people who do bad stuff and mess with evil get their just desserts, and the good guys tend to come out okay in the end. In any event, these are some of my favorite 1980s Zebra horror covers. Alas, there are no artist credits given in the books.

To browse the list of his titles currently available in print and eBook editions, click here.

These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.

Nightmare on Elm Street Books

In the late 1980s, St. Martin’s Paperbacks published a couple of omnibus Nightmare on Elm Street movie novelizations. The first was a compilation of novelizations of parts 1, 2 and 3.  The second, including parts 4 and 5, was written by Ray Garton under the pseudonym Joseph Locke, which he used to write a number of other young adult horror novels around the same time.

St. Martin’s also published an anthology of original novellas and novelettes edited by the late great Martin H. Greenberg in 1991. The anthology, Freddy Krueger’s Seven Sweetest Dreams, featured stories from Brian Hodge, Tom Elliot, Bentley Little, William Relling, Jr., Philip Nutman, Wayne Allen Sallee, and Nancy A. Collins.

The novelization of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare was published in 1994 by TOR, written by David Bergantino.

These books were the early precursors of the popular Black Flame series of A Nightmare on Elm Street novels released by Black Flame in the mid-2000s, all highly collectible.

To browse the list of Nightmare on Elm Street titles currently available in print and eBook editions, click here.

These cover scans are from the library of Christopher Fulbright. Please note that Realms of Night has an eBay page with monthly horror auctions. Follow our page and save us as a favorite seller for updates.

Stephen Ray Fulgham

Stephen Ray Fulgham wrote three novels in 1991 and 1992 for Diamond, an imprint of the Berkley Publishing Group that specialized in horror fiction. Not much is known about Fulgham for my purposes; he seems to be one of the only authors on the planet that has no web presence, not even a Facebook page to my knowledge, and there is no biographical information in the books, other than apparent confirmation that he is indeed a real person with family cited in acknowledgements.

All three books are out of print, but can be found here.

These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.

John Halkin

John Halkin is the pseudonym of an unknown British author who wrote several horror novels in the 1980s for Hamlyn, most notably the “slimy” trilogy Slime, Slither, and Squelch.  He also wrote Blood Worm, Fangs of the Werewolf, The Unholy, Fatal Odds, Hantu, a literary novel called Kenya, and a handful of short stories before apparently calling it quits.

To view a list of his novels and stories available in print and ebook formats, please click here.

These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.