Dennis Etchison

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Dennis William Etchison (born March 30, 1943 in Stockton, California), is an American writer and editor of fantasy and horror fiction. While he has achieved some acclaim as a novelist, it is his work in the short story format that is especially well regarded by critics and genre fans.


Etchison's first short story collection, The Dark Country, was published in 1982 and received both the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection of that year. Several more collections have been published since then, including a career retrospective, Talking in the Dark (2001), which consisted of stories personally selected by the author. He has twice won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, for "The Olympic Runner" (1986) and "The Dog Park" (1994).

Writing under the pseudonym of "Jack Martin", he has published popular novelizations of the films Halloween II (1981), Season of the Witch (1982), and Videodrome (1983). Under his own name, Etchison's novels include Darkside (1986), Shadowman (1994), and California Gothic (1995), as well as the novelization of John Carpenter's The Fog (1980).

As editor, Etchison has received two World Fantasy Awards for Best Anthology, for Metahorror (1993) and The Museum of Horrors (2002). His other anthologies include the critically...
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