American horror author and editor Charles L. Grant died of a heart attack in front of the television on September 15 2006, aged 64. He had been suffering from emphysema from some years and had returned to his home in New Jersey to celebrate his birthday and that of his wife of almost twenty-five years, editor and novelist Kathryn Ptacek.
A prolific short story writer and novelist, Grant's career has spanned more than thirty-five years, and during that time he cultivated his unique style of 'quiet horror' in many novels and collections. His more recent titles include the first two X Files novelisations; Goblin and Whirlwind, the 'Millennium Quartet' inspired by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; and the Black Oak series about a security team of paranormal investigators. Grant also published a number of books under the pseudonyms Geoffrey Marsh and Lionel Fenn.
He won three World Fantasy Awards and two Nebulas from the Science Fiction-Fantasy Writers Association for his fiction. A recipient of the British Fantasy Society's Special Award and the Horror Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, he was also named Grand Master of the 2002 World Horror Convention.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.