- Author: William F. Nolan
- Artist: Alan M. Clark
- Page Count: 341
- Pub. Date: 1995
- ISBN: 1-881475-14-X
- Status: Out of Print
by William F. Nolan
About the Book:
In the pages of Night Shapes, containing William F. Nolan's best short fiction written over the past decade, you will encounter a ghost, a giant, a vampire, a werewolf, a zombie, a demon, a witch, a strangler, some maggots (very large), a soul-eating ghoul, an alien "feeder," three talking cats, a plant-mutant, a group of folksy cannibals, and Jack the Ripper.
Here is top-level entertainment from a master writer working at the peak of his powers. Twice winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award, William F. Nolan is the author/creator of the international bestseller Logan's Run (MGM film, CBS television series, audiocassette, etc.). In addition to his 60 books and more than 220 anthology appearances, his work has been printed in 600 issues of 240 periodicals around the world. He has also written extensively for films and television (having worked on 25 "Movies of the Week") and is the editor of Urban Horrors and the author of How to Write Horror Fiction. With his wife, writer Cameron Nolan, he lives in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. His current ongoing project is a series of "Black Mask Boys" (Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner) mystery thrillers for St. Martin's Press.
Night Shapes features more than two-dozen short stories, brand new Story Notes from the author, an Introduction by Peter Straub, an Afterword by Robert Bloch, and full-color dustjacket artwork by Alan Clark. Protected inside a handmade cloth slipcase. Signed by both William Nolan and Peter Straub!
Born in 1928 in Kansas City Missouri, William F. Nolan attended the Kansas City Art Institute and worked as an artist for Hallmark Cards. He moved to California in the late 1940s and studied at San Diego State College. In his mid-twenties, he began concentrating on writing rather than art and, in 1952, was introduced by fellow Midwest native (and established writer) Ray Bradbury to another young up-and-coming author, Charles Beaumont. Moving to the Los Angeles area in 1953, Nolan became (with Bradbury, Beaumont, and Richard Matheson) part of the "inner core" of the soon-to-be highly influential "Southern California School." By 1956 Nolan was a full-time writer. Since 1951 he has sold more than 1500 stories, articles, books, and other works. He has lectured widely, taught a creative writing seminar at Bowling Green State University, and appeared on countless panels and in discussions at conventions. Away from the keys, he has raced sports cars, acted in films and TV and worked as an illustrator and cartoonist.
With over eighty books to his credit, Nolan is a prolific, multi-genre master whose works have been selected for more than three hundred anthologies and textbooks, including many "Best of the Year" volumes. Among a host of honors, Nolan has been cited for excellence by the American Library Association, is twice winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award, and was named an official "Living Legend" by the International Horror Guild in 2002. He has written extensively for films and television and has won Golden Medallion television awards at two European film festivals.
Nolan's best-selling global classic, Logan's Run (a million copies sold in the USA alone), spawned a hit MGM film and a CBS television series, and there are now two dozen active Logan websites around the world. Warner Bros. is currently in pre-production on a new, mega-budget major film version of Logan's Run.
• Slipcased Limited Edition of 500 signed and numbered copies ($50)