5 Authors to check out on Hoopla Part 3
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro- An amazingly prolific author, Yarbro began with the first of the Charles Spotted mystery series, Ogilvie, Tallant & Moon in 1976. She has written numerous series including historical mystery/ghost (Chesterton Holte, Gentleman Haunt series), western (Jason Russell series), historical horror (The Saint-Germain Cycle), fantasy (book 2 in the Merchant Prince series) science-fiction (book four in the Crisis of Empire series) and dozens of novels and short stories, written under her own and various pen names. In 2009 she won the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. For me, I became acquainted with Yarbro’s work with her 1980 novelization for the 1981 zombie thriller Dead & Buried. The movie is quite a terrifying zombie-mystery, but Yarbro’s adaptation makes it even more vivid and nightmare inducing.
Alex White- Setting their tales in the realm of science-fiction and horror, White has written Every Mountain Made Low (2016), The Salvagers series: A Big Ship on the Edge of the Universe (2018), A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (2018) and The Worst of All Possible Worlds (2020) and Alien: The Cold Forge (2018), set in the world of the Alien film series.
Richard Laymon- Although he also wrote crime, mystery, westerns and young adult fiction, Laymon was best known for his graphic tales of horror. Laymon’s first novel, The Cellar, was published in 1980 and began what became known as The Beast House Chronicles, which also included The Beast House (1986), The Midnight Tour (1998) and the novella Friday Night in the Beast House (2001). Some of his other novels include Night Show (1984), All Hallow’s Eve (1985), Midnight’s Lair (1988), The Stake (1990), Quake (1995), Cuts (1999) and The Traveling Vampire Show (2000). His novel Savage (1993) took Jack the Ripper and placed him in the Old West.
Nancy Holder- Winner of four Bram Stoker Awards, Holder began her career writing in the early 80’s, with original horror paperbacks such as Jessie’s Song (1983), Winner Take All (1984) and Finders Keepers (1985) and numerous short stories. Later she found great success with a series of original Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel novels from 1997 to 2006. She also contributed to the design of the FTL Games’ Dungeon Master.
Ernest Haycox- Haycox authored dozens and dozens of westerns, beginning in the late ‘20s with novels like Free Grass (1928) and Chaffee of Roaring Hors (1929). He wrote into the ‘50s and many of his novels are still in print today. Many films were produced from his work, including the John Ford’s 1939 classic Stagecoach, based on Haycox’s short story “Stage to Lordsburg.”