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Stephen King in 2007

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, USA.

In 1974 Stephen King published his first novel, “Carrie”, which had little success with only 13,000 copies sold in its hardback edition but then surpassed the million copies sold in the first year in its paperback edition. The novel was adapted for cinema for the first time in 1976, followed by a king of sequel in 1999 and two further adaptations, one in 2002 and one in 2013.

On June 19, 1999, Stephen King was seriously injured after being hit by a minivan. The writer was forced to limit his activity for some time but over the years he still managed to publish various novels, including “Blaze” written in the 1970s but remained unpublished for a long time, which was published under the pen name Richard Bachman in 2007.

In recent years, Stephen King has resumed writing steadfastly, for example the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. In the first phase of his career he was snubbed but over time even critics got convinced by Stephen King’s works’ literary value so today he’s considered much more than the king of horror but simply a great writer.

Tanith Lee in 2011

Tanith Lee was born on September 19, 1947 in London, England.

Tanith Lee’s debut as a writer took place in 1968 with a very short story, of only 90 words, published in an anthology. For some years she wrote in her free time because her novels were regularly rejected by publishers. The first novel she managed to publish was “The Dragon Hoard” in 1971, a work for children. Only in 1975 she was able to publish “The Birthgrave”, the first book of the series of the same name, which gave her fame.

For years, Tanith Lee was a prolific writer, occasionally working as a screenwriter when she wrote two episodes of the TV show “Blake’s 7”. Over time, however, her ability to write for many hours a day and even night declined and was forced to progressively limit her activity.

Omnibus containing La Ville Vampire by Paul FĂ©val, Czarna Volka by Stefan Grabinski and The Croning by Laird Barron (Italian edition)

The novel “The Croning” by Laird Barron was published for the first time in 2012.

Don Miller is a geologist who sometimes travels to various countries along with his wife, anthropologist Michelle Mock. During one of these trips, Don has reason to believe that Michelle ha disappeared but trying to find her almost gets killed. He survives but remembers very little of his ordeal.

Don and Michelle’s life seems overall normal and yet some events are weird to say the least. In his old age, Don tries to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle but meddling with certain things can be dangerous and death is only one of the possible consequences but not necessarily the worst.

On June 5 the second season of the show “Outcast” ended.

The first season of “Outcast” was a success and the show was already renewed on trust before it was even broadcast. The second season started a little earlier and was broadcast in spring as the first one began at the end of spring so most of its episodes were broadcast in summer 2016. The number of episodes was kept at 10.

At the end of the first season, Kyle Barnes attempted to flee from Rome, the West Virginia town where he lives with his daughter Amber, but soon finds groups of possessed people who are essentially guarding the town’s borders. Eventually, he decides to return to the town, where the situation becomes more complicated.

The beginning of the second season immediately marks the change in the show: the protagonists have to face the consequences of the first season’s events but it’s the style that’s different. Simplifying, the first season is in the style of “The Exorcist” while the second one looks more like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

Robert Bloch in 1976

Robert Albert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

In 1934, Bloch published the story “Lilies” on the semi-professional magazine “Marvel Tales”. After a few months, he started publishing his stories on “Weird Tales” as well. His first stories were strongly influenced by H.P. Lovecraft, so much that a part of them was set in the fictional universe of the so-called “Cthulhu Mythos”. Lovecraft’s death deeply marked Bloch, who gradually shifted his efforts toward different stories and also into science fiction.

In the ’50s, the Robert Bloch’s activity continued both in the literary field and in radio and was further expanded when he started working for television productions. The skills he had acquired in moving from one genre to another was seen in 1959, when he won the Hugo Award for the best science fiction short story with “That Hell-Bound Train” and he published the thriller / horror novel “Psycho”, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The novel gave him great fame among the general public following its adaptation into the famous movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Robert Bloch died on September 23, 1994. He left a legacy of dozens of novels, screenplays and short stories of various genres. During his life he received many important awards that show the importance of this author in the field of literature, cinema and television.