Dennis Etchison (March 30, 1943 - ) American writer and editor, has been called "the most original living horror writer in America" (The Viking-Penguin Encyclopedia) and "the finest writer of psychological horror this genre has produced" (Karl Edward Wagner, Year's Best Horror Stories). His short fiction has been praised as "some of the most brilliant works of horror literature published in English in the last three decades" (Supernatural Literature of the World). Since 1961, his short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. They have been collected in The Dark Country (1982), Red Dreams (1984), The Blood Kiss (1987), The Death Artist (2000), and in the 30-year retrospective, Talking In The Dark (2001), which consists of stories personally selected by the author. Fine Cuts, a new collection of tales about Hollywood, is forthcoming in 2006.
The title story of The Dark Country won the World Fantasy Award in 1982 (tied with Stephen King), as well as the British Fantasy Award that same year -- the first time one writer received both major awards for a single work. He also won British Fantasy Award for stories "The Olympic Runner" (1986) and "The Dog Park" (1994).
Etchison is also a noted anthologist. His anthologies Cutting Edge (1986, Winner British Fantasy Award), Masters Of Darkness (1987), Masters Of Darkness II (1988), and Masters Of Darkness III (1989) were landmarks of the 1980s. Metahorror (1992) won a World Fantasy Award as did The Museum Of Horrors (2001). Etchison co-edited Gathering The Bones (2003) with Ramsey Campbell and Jack Dann.
Etchison has also written novels: The Fog (novelization, 1980), Darkside (1986), Shadowman (1994), California Gothic (1995), Double Edge (1997) Other novels include the movie tie-ins Halloween II, Halloween III, and Videodrome, all written under the pseudonym "Jack Martin".
Etchison also works as a screenwriter, including scripts for Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, and Dario Argento. He served as staff writer for the HBO television series The Hitchhiker and has dramatized Rod Sterling'sThe Twilight Zone scripts for radio. Etchison served as president of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) from 1992 to 1994.
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), Halloween III (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 acclaimed Cutting Edge (1986), Gathering The Bones (2003) (edited with Ramsey Campbell and Jack Dann), and the Masters of Darkness series (three volumes).
While his books have not obtained the best seller status of Stephen King or Peter Straub, Etchison is generally regarded as 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."
A critical analysis of his work can be found in S. T. Joshi's book The Evolution of the Weird Tale (2004).