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R.I.P. Charles L. Grant

Charles L. GrantI apologize for the lateness of this, but it wasn’t the kind of news that was all over the ‘net like usual.

On Friday, September 15th, author Charles L. Grant passed away in his home from a heart attack. Just 10 days after being released from the hospital after a stay that lasted far longer than anyone had expected, he was struck while watching a baseball game. I’m sure it was the way he wanted to go, as opposed to dying in a sterile hospital room.

For those not familiar with the Grant’s works, he published numerous novels such as For Fear of the Night and countless short stories, but he was most well known as one of the sharpest-eyed anthology editors in the business, having compiled the works of authors in collections like the Shadows series and the Greystone Bay books. He received the British Fantasy Society’s Special Award for life achievement, three World Fantasy Awards for writing and editing, the Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Grandmaster Award of the World Horror Convention among many others. In addition, he was a past president and trustee of the Horror Writers Association.

If you’ve done any horror reading at all, chances are you’ve come upon something he’s either written or had a hand in releasing, and he will be greatly missed by the literary horror world.

We here at Dread Central would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to the man’s friends and family.

Johnny Butane

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