Author and screenwriter William F. Nolan died on July 15, 2021 due to complications from an infection. He was 93 years old. The news was announced this morning on Facebook by his longtime friend and collaborator Jason V. Brock.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 6, 1928, Nolan had a variety of careers in his early adult life before becoming a full-time writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Nolan’s career spanned decades, during which he produced numerous novels and story collection, but he is possible most famous for creating the book series on which Logan’s Run was based, though those novels were just the tip of the iceberg where the man’s talent was concerned.
In the late 60s, Nolan became friends with Dan Curtis, creator of Dark Shadows, and the two would go on to collaborate numerous times creating films that are the very essence of genre classics. It was during this time period that he adapted The Turn of the Screw for television directed by Curtis and starring Lynn Redgrave. He also wrote the scripts for both Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings, both of which were helmed by Curtis and starred the incomparable Karen Black.
After the 1970s, his career working in television and movies dwindled, but his creativity did not. Nolan continued to write and edited several anthologies in the decades that followed. In 2011, he was presented with the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Horror Writers Association.
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