March 29, 2023

Robert D. San Souci

Robert D. San Souci (October 10, 1946 – December 19, 2014) was an American author of children’s books, horror novels, and a consultant to Disney Studios.

Since my only knowledge of Mr. San Souci was through the above mentioned horror novels, I was surprised to learn, after searching for information about his life, that he was primarily an author of children’s books — over 100 of them. In fact, the horror novels I own by him are not even mentioned in his bibliography on Wikipedia. Although I began to wonder if this was the same Robert San Souci, a list of other books by this author in the front matter of his 1985 Leisure horror novel Blood Offerings also listed Legend of Scarface, which garnered a mention in his obituary from The Mercury News by virtue of its selection as a New York Times best illustrated-book in 1978. San Souci was named an American Library Association notable author, and wrote the original story that served as the basis for the Disney movie Mulan.

The horror novels that I own by San Souci include Emergence, published by Avon in 1981, Blood Offerings, published by Leisure in 1985, and The Dreaming, published by Berkley in 1989. If other horror novels by him exist, I haven’t seen them. If anyone out there knows more about his work in the adult horror field, please post a comment.

San Souci was born in San Francisco and attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He died unexpectedly after falling and suffering a head injury in December 2014. He was 68.

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.


Christopher Fulbright

Christopher Fulbright is the author of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels of fantasy and horror. His short stories have appeared in many venues--webzines, magazines, and anthologies--since 1993. Fulbright received the Richard Laymon President's Award in 2008 from the HWA, and his short stories have received honorable mentions in "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" and "Best Horror of the Year." He is a former journalist turned technical writer, an unrepentant horror fan, and owner/webmaster of Realms of Night.

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