Horror author Dennis Etchison (1943-2019) died during the night on May 29 reports his Facebook page.
The title story of Etchison’s first short story collection, The Dark Country (1982) received the World Fantasy Award (tied with Stephen King), as well as the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection of the year – the first time one writer received both major awards for a single work.
In the course of his career he won the British Fantasy Award three times for fiction, and two World Fantasy Awards for anthologies he edited.
Etchison served as President of Horror Writers Association from 1992 to 1994.
Etchison’s novels include Darkside (1986), Shadowman (1993), and California Gothic (1995). His movie novelizations include John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980), and (writing as “Jack Martin”) Halloween II (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), and Videodrome (1983).
In 2002, Etchison adapted nearly 100 episodes of the original Twilight Zone TV series for a CBS radio series hosted by Stacy Keach.
The Horror Writers of America recognized him with its lifetime achievement award in 2017.
Etchison frequently participated in events at the old Mystery & Imagination Bookstore in Glendale honoring Ray Bradbury and George Clayton Johnson. He appeared annually at the LA Vintage Paperback Show.