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Encyclopedia > Dennis Etchison
Cover of Dennis Etchison's short story collection (Stealth Press, 2001)
Cover of Dennis Etchison's short story collection (Stealth Press, 2001)

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. Image File history File links TalkingInTheDark. ... Image File history File links TalkingInTheDark. ... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... City nickname: Californias Sunshine Seaport County: San Joaquin Area code: 209 ZIP code: 952xx Area:  - Total  - Water 144. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... An Editor is a person who prepares text—typically language, but also images and sounds—for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it. ... Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle or horrify the reader. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... This article is in need of attention. ... A critic (derived from the ancient Greek word krites meaning a judge) is a person who offers a value judgement or an interpretation. ... A genre is a division of a particular form of art according to criteria particular to that form. ...

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). A short story collection is a book of short stories all written by one author. ... First awarded in 1975, the World Fantasy Awards are handed out annually at the World Fantasy Convention (WFC) to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of fantasy. ... The British Fantasy Awards are administered annually. ...

Writing under the pseudonym of "Jack Martin", he has published popular novelizations of the films Halloween II (1981), Halloween III (1982), and Videodrome (1983). Under his own name, Etchison's novels include Darkside (1986), Shadowman (1994), and California Gothic (1995). A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to their legal name (whereas an allonym is the name of another actual person assumed by one person, usually historical, in authorship of a work of art; e. ... A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ... Films are produced by recording actual people and objects with cameras, or by creating them using animation techniques and/or special effects. ... Halloween II (aka Halloween II: The Nightmare Isnt Over!) (1981) is the sequel to the hugely popular horror film, Halloween. ... Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a horror film released in 1982. ... Videodrome is a 1983 film directed by David Cronenberg. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ...

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 acclaimed Cutting Edge (1986), Gathering The Bones (2003) (edited with Ramsey Campbell and Jack Dann), and the Masters of Darkness series (three volumes). John Ramsey Campbell (born January 4, 1946 in Liverpool) is a British writer, who is considered by many literary critics to be one of the greatest masters of horror fiction. ...

While his books have not obtained the best seller status of Stephen King or Peter Straub, Etchison is generally regarded as being one of the finest writers currently working in the horror genre, especially by his peers. The late Karl Edward Wagner proclaimed him "the finest writer of psychological horror this genre has ever produced." Charles L. Grant called Etchison "the best short story writer in the field today, bar none." Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author best known for horror novels. ... Peter Francis Straub, born March 2, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, is a writer of fiction and poetry, best known as a horror-genre author. ... Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945-13 October 1994) was an American writer of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. ... Charles L(ewis) Grant (born September 12, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey) is a novelist and short story writer specializing in what he calls dark fantasy and quiet horror. ...

A critical analysis of his work can be found in S. T. Joshi's book The Evolution of the Weird Tale (2004). Sunand Tryambak Joshi (b. ...




  • The Fog (1980)
  • Halloween II (1981) (written as "Jack Martin")
  • Halloween III (1982) (written as "Jack Martin")
  • Videodrome (1983) (written as "Jack Martin")
  • Darkside (1986)
  • Shadowman (1994)
  • California Gothic (1995)
  • Double Edge (1997)

Short Story Collections

  • The Dark Country (1982)
  • Red Dreams (1984)
  • The Blood Kiss (1987)
  • The Death Artist (2000)
  • Talking in the Dark (2001)
  • Fine Cuts (2004)

As Editor

  • Cutting Edge (1986)
  • Masters of Darkness (1987)
  • Masters of Darkness II (1988)
  • Masters of Darkness III (1989)
  • MetaHorror (1992)
  • The Museum of Horrors (2001)
  • Gathering The Bones (2003) (Edited with Ramsey Campbell and Jack Dann)

  Results from FactBites:
Dennis Etchison interview - infinity plus non-fiction (5124 words)
Dennis Etchison returns to science fiction themes on occasion: in 'The Dead Line', for example, and its notion of organ transplants, which has an opening line that Ramsey Campbell referred to as the most chilling line in horror fiction, to paraphrase...
Dennis Etchison and I took a bus from the house in which he was staying to the train station.
I found Dennis to be a warm and giving individual, with no prissiness or falseness; more a feeling of gratitude to be working in a job he enjoys and a general contentment with the world.
DarkEcho/HorrorOnline: Dennis Etchison (2000) (3037 words)
Etchison was an early success, winning essay contests and writing for his junior high and high school newspapers.
Etchison has also partnered with Charles Holloway to produce a series of original digital-video interviews for cable television, the Net, and as retail audio.
Etchison is also returning to editing (his last foray was METAHORROR, published in 1992) with an anthology, THE MUSEUM OF HORRORS, for the new hardcover imprint at Leisure Books.
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