Tuesday, November 30, 2010

John Steakly dies at 59

DallasNews.com is reporting that John Steakley has lost his battle with liver cancer at the age of 59 years old. 

Steakley is probably best known for his novel, Vampire$, that was made into a movie by John Carpenter starring James Woods.  It was about a group of modern day vampire hunters. 

He also wrote the book Armor, which has been called a worthy successor to Starship Troopers.  This is one of my favorite books of any genre and I know more than a few people who would agree.  It is excellent Military Scifi, excellent Scifi, and just a great story. 

Steakley was a native of Cleburne, Texas and lived in Texas most of his life.  Other than his two novels he had four published short stories.  He is survived by his Wife, Roshell; daughter, Lexi; son, Coty Austin; and sister, Anne Reeder. 

I don't know what he did when he wasn't writing, but cancer is expensive.  If you would like to help support the family, you can do so by buying copies of his books.  You can give them away as Christmas presents or keep them for yourself.  I doubt that anyone would be let down after reading them. 

The world or Scifi has lost a great writer.  Please pray for the family.

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TS Hendrik said...

That is sad.

Vampires, good book, bad movie.

Budd said...

the movie wasn't really anything to write home about.