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Les Daniels (born 1943) is an American writer of historical horror fiction. He attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he wrote his master's thesis on Frankenstein, and he has worked as a musician and as a journalist. 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 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. ... A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication -- distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle or horrify the reader. ... Brown University is an Ivy League university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Nickname: Beehive of Industry Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

He is the author of five novels featuring the vampire Don Sebastian de Villanueva, a cynical, amoral and misanthropic Spanish nobleman whose predatory appetites pale into insignificance compared with the historical catastrophes which he witnesses in his periodic reincarnations. These are: the Inquisition in The Black Castle (1978); the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs in The Silver Skull (1979); and the French Revolutionary Reign of Terror in Citizen Vampire (1981). In the later novels Yellow Fog (1986, revised 1988) and No Blood Spilled (1991), Sebastian is resurrected in Victorian London and India, where the horror of his vampirism is again contrasted with non-supernatural evil, now in the person of Sebastian's human enemy, Reginald Callender. This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Cynicism was originally the philosophy of a group of ancient Greeks called the Cynics (main article), founded by Antisthenes. ... Amorality is the quality of having no concept of right or wrong. ... Misanthropy is a general dislike of the human race. ... Past Lives redirects here. ... Artistic (i. ... The word Aztec is usually used as a historical term, although some contemporary Nahuatl speakers would consider themselves Aztecs. ... The French Revolution (1789-1799) was a period in the history of France. ... The Reign of Terror (5 September 1793 – 28 July 1794) or simply The Terror (French: la Terreur) was a period in the French Revolution characterized by brutal repression. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, June 20, 1837) gave her name to the historic era. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ...

Daniels thoroughly researches the historical backgrounds of his novels, in which real historical figures appear: The Black Castle features appearances by Torquemada and Columbus; in The Silver Skull Sebastian confronts Hernán Cortés and in Citizen Vampire he has a couple of friendly encounters with the Marquis de Sade. Daniels has described his works as "tragedy, in which evil consumes itself", as opposed to the melodrama of most contemporary horror novels, in which "customarily good guys meet bad guys and win in two out of three falls." He has cited Robert Bloch as an influence on his sardonic style, and is an enthusiast of the works of John Dickson Carr, who in several of his own works combined historical fiction with horror and the detective story. Grand Inquisitor Torquemada Tomás de Torquemada (1420, Valladolid, Castile (present-day Spain) - September 16, 1498, Ávila, Castile (present-day Spain) was a fifteenth century Spanish Dominican, and an Inquisitor General. ... Christopher Columbus (1451? – 20 May 1506) was assumed to be an Italian explorer and trader who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the Americas on October 12, 1492 under the flag of Castile. ... Hernán Cortés Hernán(do) Cortés, marqués del Valle de Oaxaca (1485–December 2, 1547) was the conquistador who conquered Mexico for Spain. ... Portrait of the Marquis de Sade by Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo (c. ... A tragedy may be defined loosely as any work of fiction in which the protagonist suffers a fall in his or her fortunes, and ends in a worse state than that in which they began. ... Poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... Robert Albert Bloch (April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994) was a prolific Jewish-American writer. ... 1947 edition of The Sleeping Sphinx John Dickson Carr (November 30, 1906-February 27, 1977) was a prolific American-born author of detective stories who also published under the pen names Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson, and Roger Fairbairn. ... Detective Story is a 1951 film which tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detectives squad. ...

Daniels is also the author of the literary studies Comix: A History of the Comic Book in America (1971) and Living in Fear: A History of Horror in the Mass Media (1975). A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...

A critical essay on Daniels' novels can be found in S. T. Joshi's The Evolution of the Weird Tale (2004). Sunanda Tryambak Joshi (b. ...


  • The Black Castle (1978)
  • The Silver Skull (1979)
  • Citizen Vampire (1981)
  • Yellow Fog (1986; revised and expanded edition 1988)
  • No Blood Spilled (1991)


  • Comix: A History of the Comic Book in America (1971)
  • Living in Fear: A History of Horror in the Mass Media (1975)
  • DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World’s Favorite Comic Book Heroes (1995)

The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ...

As Editor

  • Dying of Fright: Masterpieces of the Macabre (1976)



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