Horror author Alan Rodgers died March 8 after spending over two years in hospital because of multiple strokes and other illnesses.
Rodgers won a Bram Stoker Award for his novelette “The Boy Who Came Back From the Dead” (1987), which was also a World Fantasy Award nominee. His Blood of the Children was a nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel (1990).
Rodgers also was known for works such as Bone Music, Pandora, Fire, Night, The Bear Who Found Christmas, Her Misbegotten Son, Alien Love, The River of Our Destiny, Angel of Our Mercy, and Light.
He worked as Associate Editor of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, and edited the spinoff Night Cry from 1985-1987.
There were two collections of his fiction, New Life for the Dead (1991) and Ghosts Who Cannot Sleep (2000). His last credited publication was Battlestar Galactica: Rebellion (2002) with Richard Hatch.
Bone Music was a remarkable work of Gringo Magic Realism that seems to vanished without a trace. Someone should bring it back.
This is the problem with clicking on this website, early in the morning.
In my mind’s eye, Alan will always be the exuberant young man I met one day in the mid-1980s, at the Montcalm Publishing offices, home to TWILIGHT ZONE and NIGHT CRY magazines.
There’s a neat example of Alan’s writing over at his web page:
Based on the vast array of impressive commendation one can gleem across the web to Rodgers’ work…
His writing will endure.
As Jim Burns notes, the Alan Rodgers of now is not at all like the one I have photos of from the 1980s. Alan was also married to an SF editor whose name escapes me at the moment; they had a child.
Alan was married until the mid-90s to Amy Stout, an editor; she has since re-married. He also had a long-term relationship with Amy Sterling Casil, with whom he had a son, who died in January 2005. Alan and his wife had three children, two daughters who are now in their early 20s, and a son who is in late teens.