Category Archives: Decades

Gary Brandner

ob-main-brandner2Gary Brandner (May 31, 1930 – September 22, 2013) was best known as the author of The Howling, but met with great success with many of his works throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He sold his first story to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine while working as a technical writer in 1969.  His success with The Howling in 1977 made him the publishing company Fawcett Crest’s cornerstone in the genre during the horror fiction boom years with novels such as Walkers, Hellborn, Carrion, Quintana Roo, and Cameron’s Closet, which was adapted to film using his screenplay in 1988. He was the author of over 30 novels and more than 100 short stories, mostly horror, but also the Big Brain series and a few non-genre works.  He lived in Nevada, and died of esophageal cancer at the age of 83.

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

Robert Bloch

Robert Bloch (April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994) is one of the grandfathers of modern American horror and suspense, with a career spanning over 60 years. A prolific, multiple award-winning writer of more than 30 novels and hundreds of short stories who worked in many genres, Bloch’s straightforward prose, clever twists, and cutting wit were hallmarks of his work. His early stories appeared in Weird Tales in the mid-1930s.  He corresponded with H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and August Derleth during the magazine’s heyday.  He went on to find success in other pulps and genres, working extensively in Hollywood after Hitchcock’s adaptation of his most famous novel, Psycho.  He wrote teleplays for Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Star Trek, Night Gallery, and Tales from the Darkside, to name just a few.  Bloch died of cancer in 1994, but his work and memory live on.  You can view the featured photo and many others at wisconsinhistory.org.

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