Joel's work initially appeared in Nicholas Royle's Darklands anthologies in the 1990s, and it was a large part of what drew me back to the weird fiction field (to use the term Joel would have preferred.) His stories are brutal and dark, with an underlying sense of humor that often bursts out even when the story is very serious.
After Darklands, he went on to other projects, including the Black Company series. He has recently returned to short fiction with two collections published this year: The Beast Master and Other Stories and A Romantic's Guide to Love & Madness. I interviewed Joel for the blog a few months before he died at age 49.
He had just finished writing his last story, "The Survivor", which was published posthumously in the anthology We Fear Only What We Must Fear. In it, a man who has been frozen for almost twenty years wakes up in the future, where everyone but him is dead. When he tries to tell someone about this, no one believes him until the virus that killed everyone else spreads through the world leaving only him alive.
His wife Linda said in an interview that she wrote to Mr. Lane shortly before he died asking him if he wanted to edit his final collection of stories for publication after his death. She said he replied that he would love to do so.
Jackson is credited for inspiring writers like as Neil Gaiman, Nigel Kneale, Peter Straub, Richard Matheson, and Stephen King ("Shirley Jackson Biography"). Linda Allen's works are cited. Jackson's own inspiration for her writing came from various sources including literature, history, and personal experience.
In addition to being a prolific writer herself, Jackson also served as editor for the magazine she owned with her husband, Pauline Ashford Jackson, which encouraged other writers (including her son Patrick). She also published three novels and several short story collections over the course of her career.
When asked about how he thought up stories, young Neil Gaiman would often mention "Shirley Jackson" as an influence. Jackson's horror stories were also an influence on Stephen King when he was trying to come up with his own.
Peter Straub said that he based some of his own writings on Jackson's work: "I loved 'The Haunting of Hill House' when I was a teenager and I still love it now. I also love 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle', which is one of my all-time favorite books. It's really hard to write something new that will ever measure up to those two books, but I try every year without fail".
Norman Mailer was one of the twentieth century's most creative and forceful authors, yet he never published a genuinely great novel. If he had written a novel based on his early experiences, it could have done more than launch his career (which "The Naked and the Dead" did admirably); it may also have launched his imagination. But from then on out, he seemed to be searching for something new to say, which is why his work is so compelling today. He was a true original who said what others were thinking but didn't do so well at expressing it.
Mailer was a major American author whose works include not only novels but also essays, poetry, and non-fiction. His best-known works include the bestselling novels The Naked and the Dead and Executioner's Song as well as the playwrighting adaptations of Broadway hits The Deer Park and The Merchant of Venice. He won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Othello.
Mailer was born on March 24, 1919 in New York City, New York. His mother was a prominent feminist, his father a former college professor of German literature. When Norman was eight years old, the family moved to upstate New York where his father took a job at Harvard University. Here he met another famous Harvard professor, William James, who became a role model for Norman. In addition to his parents, who both died when he was young, Mailer lost two brothers, David and Donald.
Dan Simmons has always been one of our favorite authors. Subterranean Press produced stunning limited copies of his Hyperion Series. Unfortunately, they have long been out of print. Dan Simmons is still alive and well. He has a new series called The Fall of Hyperion set in the same universe as his original series.
Dark Carnival, a collection of his short stories, was published in 1947. Bradbury rose to prominence as a fearless and imaginative writer after writing The Martian Chronicles in 1950, a work of fiction about Earthlings attempting to conquer Mars and encountering unexpected repercussions. This novel won the first Nebula Award presented by Science Fiction Conventions in 1951.
Bradbury's work began to influence many science fiction writers including Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. In addition, he had a significant impact on film makers such as Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. Dark Carnival has been cited as an influence on George Lucas' movie trilogy Star Wars.
In 1957, Bradbury wrote something that is now regarded as a classic science fiction story: "The Rocket-Man". It was later made into a movie with Chuck Connors playing the role of rocket man Russell Markham. The movie version removed some key elements from the original story but it still works well as a vehicle for Connors to show off his acting skills.
In 2008, Dark Carnival was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The registration is part of a program administered by the Department of the Interior's National Park Service that preserves aspects of history, culture, and architecture unique to each state or territory.