Douglas E. Winter

Douglas E. Winter (born October 30, 1950, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American writer, critic and lawyer.

Winter grew up in Granite City, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975 and became a lawyer in Washington, DC, currently working as partner at law firm Bryan Cave, concentrating on complex litigation, product liability, aerospace and aviation and entertainment law. Winter has also taught legal writing at the University of Iowa.

A lifelong interest in horror has led him to develop a parallel career as horror writer and horror critic. Winter edited horror anthologies Prime Evil (1988), and Revelations (1997) as well as the interviews collection Faces of Fear (1985, revised 1990). He has also written biographies of Stephen King and Clive Barker. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.[1]

Douglas E. Winter
BornOctober 30, 1950 (age 68)




  • Run ISBN 0-451-40980-9 Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2000
  • Clive Barker: The Dark Fantastic ISBN 0-06-621392-4
  • Stephen King: The Life and Fiction of the Master of the Macabre ISBN 0-451-16774-0
  • Stephen King: The Art of Darkness ISBN 0-451-14612-3


  1. ^ "Douglas E. Winter: Ratchetting Up the Prose". Retrieved 2007-02-14.

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Book of the Dead (anthology)

Book of the Dead is an anthology of horror stories first published in 1989, edited by John Skipp and Craig Spector and featuring a foreword written by George A. Romero (erroneously credited as George R. Romero in first print editions of the book). All the stories in the anthology are united by the same premise seen in Romero's apocalyptic films, depicting a worldwide outbreak of zombies and various reactions to it. The first book was followed three years later by a follow-up, Still Dead: Book of the Dead 2, with a new group of writers tackling the same premise, though the second book put the stories in order according to their imagined chronology of the zombie takeover.

The Book of the Dead compilations are regarded as classic anthologies in the horror and splatterpunk genres, featuring a great number of famous names including Stephen King, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert R. McCammon and foreworded by George A. Romero and Tom Savini. They are likely the first anthologies of zombie-themed tales ever printed, and have been cited as perhaps the first true "zombie literature" as such.According to author Ian McDowell, a third anthology was planned back in 1991. However, bad luck led to it going "through many permutations and publishers over the years. I've been paid for my story by two different publishers and I've proofed two different sets of galleys." Cemetery Dance finally released it under the title Mondo Zombie in 2006.

Books about Stephen King

There have been many books published about Stephen King and his works.

Date Title Author Publisher1981 Teacher's Manual: Novels of Stephen King Edward J. Zagorski: New American Library, Education Dept

1984 Stephen King: The Art of Darkness: The Life and Fiction of the Master of the Macabre Douglas E. Winter Signet Updated edition (December 2, 1986)

1986 Kingdom of Fear: The World of Stephen King Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller Signet

1987 The Gothic World of Stephen King: Landscape of Nightmares Gary Hoppenstand, Ray B. Browne Bowling Green State University Popular Press

1988 Reign of Fear: The Fiction and Film of Stephen King (1982-1989) Don Herron Pan

5/1/1988 Bare Bones: Conversations on Terror with Stephen King (1988) Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller McGraw-Hill

1988 Landscape of Fear: Stephen King's American Gothic Tony Magistrale Bowling Green State University Popular Press

1989 Feast of Fear: Conversations with Stephen King (1989) Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller Grand Central Publishing

1989 The Stephen King Companion George Beahm Macdonald

4/1/1988 The Unseen King Tyson Blue Borgo Pr

8/7/1990 The Stephen King Quiz Book Stephen Spignesi Signet

1991 The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia (includes art by Steve Fiorilla, Jim McDermott and others) Stephen Spignesi Contemporary Books;

6/1991 Shape Under the Sheet: The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia Stephen J Spignesi Popular Culture Ink

3/27/1992 The Dark Descent: Essays Defining Stephen King's Horrorscape Tony Magistrale (Ed.) Praeger

1992 The Second Stephen King Quiz Book Stephen Spignesi Signet

1994 Stephen King's AmericaBy Jonathan P. Davis Bowling Green State University Popular Press

11/1/1997 Ultimate Unauthorized Stephen King Trivia Challenge: Hundreds of Brainteasing Questions on Minute Details and Little-Known Facts about the World's Leading Horror Writer and His Work Robert W. Bly Kensington

1998 Stephen King (part of series Modern {literary} Critical Views) Harold Bloom (Ed.) Chelsea House

1998 The Lost Work of Stephen King: A Guide to Unpublished Manuscripts, Story Fragments, Alternative Versions and Oddities Stephen Spignesi Birch Lane Press

2000 Science and Destabilization in the Modern American Gothic: Lovecraft, Matheson, and King David A. Oakes Greenwood Press

2001 The Stephen King Universe; A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, Hank Wagner Cemetery Dance

3/8/2001 The Modern Weird Tale S. T. Joshi McFarland

5/1/2001 The Essential Stephen King: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels, Short Stories, Movies, and Other Creations of the World's Most Popular Writer Stephen Spignesi: New Page Books

2002 Revisiting Stephen King: A Critical Companion Sharon A. Russell Greenwood Press

2002 The Literary Equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries?: Academics, Moralists, and the Stephen King Phenomenon Smith, Greg The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 4, Summer 2002

2003 The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King First and Second Editions 2004: Third Edition Rocky Wood, David Rawsthorne, Norma Blackburn Kanrock Partners

2004 "Diabolical Dreaming in Stephen King's ""The Man in the Black Suit""" Hansen, Tom The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 3, Spring 2004

12/2005 The Road to the Dark Tower Bev Vincent Cemetery Dance

2005 The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book Brian Freeman & Bev Vincent Cemetery Dance

5/30/2006 The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, Hank Wagner St. Martin's Griffin;

3/2006 Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished Rocky Wood, with David Rawsthorne and Norma Blackburn Cemetery Dance

2007 The Stephen King Collector's Guide Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks Kanrock Partners

2008 Stephen King: A Primary Bibliography of the World's Most Popular Author Justin Brooks Cemetery Dance

12/2008 Stephen King: A Biography Albert Rolls Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

4/2009 Stephen King: The Non-Fiction Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks Cemetery Dance

7/15/2009 Stephen King on the Big Screen Mark Browning Intellect, Limited

2009 The Stephen King Illustrated Companion: The Life and Works of the Master of Horror Bev Vincent Fall River Press

2009 Stephen King: A Biography Albert Rolls Greenwood Press

3/1/2010 Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance Robin Furth Cemetery Dance

8/3/2010 Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King Hans-Ake Lilja Cemetery Dance

2010 Stephen King: America's Storyteller Tony Magistrale Praeger

6/7/2011 Stephen King Is Richard Bachman Michael R Collings, Stephen King Overlook Connection

2011 The Stephen King Movie Quiz Book Andrew J. Rausch and Ronald Riley BearManor Media

5/27/2011 The Wit and Wisdom of Stephen King Andrew J. Rausch: : BearManor Media

4/11/2011 Stephen King: A Literary Companion Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks McFarland

8/15/2011 Stephen King's Gothic John Sears University of Wales Press

9/13/2013 The Illustrated Stephen King MOVIE Trivia Book Brian James Freeman, Kevin Quigley, and Hans-Ake Lilja Cemetery Dance

9/13/2013 The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book: Revised & Updated 2nd Edition! Brian James Freeman & Bev Vincent Cemetery Dance

2/1/2014 Stephen King Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Horror on Film Scott Von Doviak Applause Theatre & Cinema Books

10/1/2015 The Stephen King Companion : Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror George Beahm St. Martin's Press

12/28/2015 The Dark Tower Companion Bev Vincent Cemetery Dance

3/22/2016 Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance (Revised & Updated!) Robin Furth Cemetery Dance

9/1/2017 ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King The Editors Of Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly

2/26/2018 Bumpty-Bumpty-Bump!: The Stephen King Daily Reader (Kindle edition) Michael Roch

10/16/2018 Stephen King, American Master: A Creepy Corpus of Facts About Stephen King & His Work Stephen Spignesi Permuted Press

Material about King can also be found in his own partly autobiographical On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000), as well as scattered throughout King's Danse Macabre (1981).

A critical analysis of King's work can be found in S. T. Joshi's The Modern Weird Tale (2001).

Bouchercon XXXII

Bouchercon is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction. It is named in honour of writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher; also the inspiration for the Anthony Awards, which have been issued at the convention since 1986. This page details Bouchercon XXXII and the 16th Anthony Awards ceremony.

Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel

The Bram Stoker Award for First Novel is an award presented by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for "superior achievement" in horror writing for an author's first horror novel.

Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction

The Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction is an award presented by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for "superior achievement" in horror writing for long fiction.

Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction

The Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction is an award presented by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for "superior achievement" in horror writing for short fiction.

Charles L. Grant

Charles Lewis Grant (September 12, 1942 – September 15, 2006) was an American novelist and short story writer specializing in what he called "dark fantasy" and "quiet horror." He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Geoffrey Marsh, Lionel Fenn, Simon Lake, Felicia Andrews, and Deborah Lewis.

Faces of Fear (interview book)

Faces of Fear is a World Fantasy award-winning book (Berkley Books 1985, revised 1990) where writer, critic and lawyer Douglas E. Winter interviews seventeen contemporary British and American horror writers about their life and art. The writers are V. C. Andrews, Clive Barker, William Peter Blatty, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, John Coyne, Dennis Etchison, Charles L. Grant, James Herbert, T. E. D. Klein, Stephen King, Michael McDowell, Richard Matheson, David Morrell, Alan Ryan, Whitley Strieber and Peter Straub.

The book was a finalist for the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book.

List of horror fiction writers

This is a list of some (not all) notable writers in the horror fiction genre.

Note that some writers listed below have also written in other genres, especially fantasy and science fiction.

Michael McDowell (author)

Michael McEachern McDowell (June 1, 1950 – December 27, 1999) was an American novelist and screenwriter described by author Stephen King as "the finest writer of paperback originals in America today". His most well-known work is the screenplay for the Tim Burton film Beetlejuice.

Prime Evil

Prime Evil may refer to:

Prime Evil (EP), a 1997 EP from Raymond Watts

Prime Evil (anthology), a 1988 anthology of horror short stories, edited by Douglas E. Winter

Prime Evil (album), the sixth studio album from Venom

Prime Evil (Buffy novel), a 2000 novel based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prime Evil, the primary villain in the Ghostbusters cartoon series

Prime Evil, the nickname of Eugene de Kock, former South African police colonel and assassin

Prime Evil (anthology)

Prime Evil is an anthology of horror short stories edited by Douglas E. Winter. It was first published in 1988 by New American Library. With the exception of the Dennis Etchison story, "The Blood Kiss", the stories are original to this anthology.

Superstitious (novel)

Superstitious is a 1995 horror novel by author R.L. Stine. This was the first adult novel by Stine, most famous for writing children's fiction such as the Goosebumps series. This book deals with Sara Morgan, who falls in love with Liam O’Connor. It was published on September 14, 1995 by Grand Central Publishing in the United States.

R. L. Stine began writing this book after an agent offered him a one million dollar advance. It took him four months to write.

Tales of Pain and Wonder

Tales of Pain and Wonder is Caitlín R. Kiernan's first short story collection. The stories are interconnected to varying degrees, and a number of Kiernan's characters reappear throughout the book, particularly Jimmy DeSade and Salmagundi Desvernine. The stories run the gamut from dark fantasy ("Rats Live on No Evil Star" and "Estate") to ghost stories and supernatural horror fiction ("Angels You Can See Through" and "Anamorphosis") to noir fiction ("Breakfast in the House of the Rising Sun" and "Lafayette"). A number of the stories have a decidedly H. P. Lovecraftian flavor and the influence of Charles Fort, as does much of Kiernan's fiction published since Tales of Pain and Wonder. The stories are also united by a theme of cultural decay and loss of meaning in 20th-century society, as expressed by the collection's epilogue, Kiernan's only published poem, "Zelda Fitzgerald in Ballet Attire." Originally published in 2000 as an expensive limited-edition hardback by Gauntlet Publishing, it was reissued in trade paperback format in 2002 by Meisha Merlin Publishing. In 2008, Subterranean Press re-issued the book again, in a limited edition hardcover, with a new author's introduction and two new stories, "Mercury" and "Salammbô Redux", and omitting the story "Angels You Can See Through". All three editions include artwork by Canadian illustrator Richard A. Kirk, as well as an introduction by anthologist/novelist Douglas E. Winter and an afterword by novelist Peter Straub.

The Big Blow (novel)

The Big Blow is a 2000 novel written by American author Joe R. Lansdale. It tells a fictional story of real life boxing great Jack Johnson.

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural is a reference work on horror fiction in the arts, edited by Jack Sullivan. The book was published in 1986 by Viking Press.

Editor Sullivan’s stated purpose in compiling the volume, as noted in his foreword to the book, was to serve as a “bringing together in one volume of the genre’s many practitioners and their contributions to the arts.” In addition to literature and the art of storytelling, the book includes many entries on film, music, illustration, architecture, radio, and television. The book contains over fifty major essays and six hundred shorter entries covering authors, composers, film directors, and actors, among other categories.

The book provides about 650 entries written by 65 contributors including Ramsey Campbell, Gary William Crawford, John Crowley, Thomas M. Disch, Ron Goulart, S. T. Joshi, T. E. D. Klein, Kim Newman, Darrell Schweitzer, Whitley Strieber, Timothy Sullivan, Colin Wilson, and Douglas E. Winter. Jacques Barzun provided the lengthy introduction, "The Art and Appeal of the Ghostly and Ghastly".

In order to provide as broad as possible a study of fear, terror, and horror throughout the centuries, the book features numerous entries on "mainstream" artists who Sullivan notes "have dabbled in or plunged into horror", such as Charles Baudelaire, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Franz Kafka, Edith Wharton, Sergei Prokofiev, Charles Dickens, Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, Joyce Carol Oates, Franz Liszt, Arnold Schönberg, William Butler Yeats, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, among others.

Hundreds of genre author entries are provided, including "William Beckford" by E. F. Bleiler, "Ambrose Bierce" and "Algernon Blackwood" by Jack Sullivan, "Ramsey Campbell" by Robert Hadji, "Robert W. Chambers" by T. E. D. Klein, "James Herbert" by Ramsey Campbell, "Shirley Jackson" by Sullivan, "Stephen King" by Don Herron, "Arthur Machen" by Klein, "Ann Radcliffe" by Devendra P. Varma, and "Peter Straub" by Patricia Skarda.

Theme essays include "Arkham House" by T. E. D. Klein, "The Continental Tradition" by Helen Searing, "English Romantic Poets" by John Calhoun, "Golden Age of the Ghost Story" by Jack Sullivan, "Illustration" by Robert Weinberg, "Opera" by Arthur Paxton, "The Pits of Terror" by Ramsey Campbell, "The Pulps" by Ron Goulart, "Shakespeare's Ghosts" by John Crowley, "Urban and Pastoral Horror" by Douglas E. Winter, and "Zombies" by Hugh Lamb.

Film and television related entries include "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", "Tod Browning", "Brian De Palma", "Eraserhead", "Inferno", "Boris Karloff", "Night of the Living Dead", "Roman Polanski", "Suspiria", "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom", and "The Wolf Man".

The book was reprinted in 1989 by Random House.


Tuckerization (or tuckerism) is the act of using a person's name (and sometimes other characteristics) in an original story as an in-joke. The term is derived from Wilson Tucker, a pioneering American science fiction writer, fan and fanzine editor, who made a practice of using his friends' names for minor characters in his stories. For example, Tucker named a character after Lee Hoffman in his novel The Long Loud Silence, and after Walt Willis in Wild Talent.In most cases, tuckerization is used for "bit parts" (minor characters), an opportunity for the author to create an homage to a friend or respected colleague. But sometimes an author will attach a friend's name, description, or identifiable characteristics to a major character, and in some novels nearly all the characters represent friends, colleagues, or prominent persons the author knows. When this happens, tuckerization can rise to the level of a roman à clef.

Video Watchdog

Video Watchdog was a bimonthly, digest size film magazine published from 1990 to 2017 by publisher/editor Tim Lucas and his wife, art director and co-publisher Donna Lucas.Although devoted chiefly to the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres, the magazine frequently delved beyond these strictures into art film, Hong Kong action cinema, spaghetti western, exploitation films, anime, and general mainstream cinema. In addition to Lucas himself, Video Watchdog's list of regular contributors included such writers as Kim Newman, Stephen R. Bissette, associate editor John Charles, Bill Cooke and Heather Drain. Regular columns included "Ramsey's Rambles" by Ramsey Campbell and "Fleapit Flashbacks" by Joe Dante. Douglas E. Winter contributed a CD/music column, "Audio Watchdog," while books were reviewed in "Biblio Watchdog" by Lucas, Anthony Ambrogio and Brett Taylor.

World Fantasy Convention

The World Fantasy Convention is an annual convention of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of fantasy. The World Fantasy Awards are presented at the event. Other features include an art show, a dealer's room, and an autograph reception.The convention was conceived and begun by T. E. D. Klein, Kirby McCauley and several others.

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