Brian Lumley Dies At 86: Necroscope Writer

International Best Selling Author Brian Lumley sadly passed away at his home this January.

International Best Selling Author Brian Lumley sadly passed away at his home this January.

Brian Lumley Dies At 86: Necroscope Writer

I just tweeted Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson about Brian Lumley and the Necroscope book, and now it’s learned the British author died at the age of 86 in early January.

According to Wiki, Brian Lumley passed on Jan 2. His wife announced the news on Sunday. RIP.

As I tweeted, I discovered the Necroscope books after reading Interview With The Vampire and always thought the first Necroscope book would have made a good movie.

I know years ago special effects and make-up artist Glenn Hetrick announced on SYFY’s Face Off he was doing a Necroscope movie, but it never came to fruition for whatever reason. Deadline then announced it in 2021, but again, it never happened.

Barbara Lumley announced the sad news on social media. See below.

RIP Brian Lumley December 2, 1937 – January 2024

“It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing this post from Silky. You will be missed Brian – more than you could ever imagine,” posted Lumley’s wife, Barbara, adding:

It saddens me to have to tell you all that:

International Best Selling Author Brian Lumley sadly passed away at his home this January. He was the winner of many prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer’s Association in 2010. Famous for his groundbreaking Necroscope® series, he went on to become one of the top writers in the Horror field. Although Brian had crossed genres between Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy, Brian had many other series under his belt such as: The Primal Lands, Hero of Dreams, Psychomech, Titus Crow, etc. And of course, all the Mythos stories with his own twist.

After a 22-year stint as a Royal Military Policeman, he had a long and prosperous lifetime of doing what he loved to do, bringing continued enjoyment to all his readers and listeners. Brian has written approximately 60 books along with many, many short stories, and novellas.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann (Silky) Lumley, his daughter Julie and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He may be gone but his legacy will live on in the hearts of us all. Especially me.

Barbara Ann Lumley

January 28, 2024

December 2, 1937 – January 2024

Gone But Certainly Not Forgotten


What is Necroscope about?

Via Amazon:

An instant classic, Brian Lumley’s astonishing feat of imagination spawned a universe which Lumley has explored and expanded through more that a baker’s dozen of novels and novellas.

Millions of copies of Necroscope and its successors are in print in a dozen languages throughout the world. Nominated for the British Fantasy Award, Necroscope has inspired everything from comic books and graphic novels to sculptures and soundtracks.

This new edition of Necroscope uses the author’s preferred text and includes a special introduction by Brian Lumley, telling how the Necroscope saga came to be. It also includes chapter ornaments by Hugo-Award-Winning artist Bob Eggleton, long identified with Lumley’s blood-sucking monsters.

As a classic, Necroscope rightfully claims a place in the Orb trade paperback list, for scholars of the field and the dedicated Lumley collector. And also for all the people who have read more than one mass market copy of the book to tatters.

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all humanity.

In Necroscope, Harry is startled to discover that he is not the only person with unusual mental powers–Britain and the Soviet Union both maintain super-secret, psychically-powered espionage organizations. But Harry is the only person who knows about Thibor Ferenczy, a vampire long buried in the mountains of Romania–still horribly alive, in undeath–and Thibor’s insane “offspring,” Boris Dragosani, who rips information from the souls of the dead in a terrible, ever-lasting form of torture.

Somehow, Harry must convince Britain’s E-Branch that only by working together can they locate and destroy Dragosani and his army of demonic warriors–before the half-vampire succeeds in taking over the world!

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