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2 December 1937 |
County Durham, England
Born in County Durham, he joined the British Army's Royal Military Police and wrote stories in his spare time before retiring with the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 in 1980 and becoming a professional writer.
In the 1970s he added to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos cycle of stories, including several tales and a novel featuring the character Titus Crow. Several of his early books were published by Arkham House. Other stories pastiched Lovecraft's Dream Cycle but featured Lumley's original characters David Hero and Eldin the Wanderer. Lumley once explained the difference between his Cthulhu Mythos characters and Lovecraft's: "My guys fight back. Also, they like to have a laugh along the way."
Later works included the Necroscope series of novels, which produced spin-off series such as the Vampire World Trilogy, The Lost Years parts 1 and 2, and the E-Branch trilogy. The central protagonist of the earlier Necroscope novels appears in the anthology Harry Keogh and Other Weird Heroes. The Necroscope saga is closed with the novel The Touch.
Lumley served as president of the Horror Writers Association from 1996 to 1997. On 28 March 2010 Lumley was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association. He also received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010.
Lumley's list of his favourite horror stories—"not complete by any means and by no means in order of preference"—includes M. R. James' "Count Magnus", Robert E. Howard's "The Black Stone", Robert W. Chambers' "The Yellow Sign" from The King in Yellow, William Hope Hodgson's "The Voice in the Night", and H. P. Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark" and "The Colour Out of Space".
This is a list of Lumley's more notable novels and short story collections. This list of novels and short stories is not exhaustive. Lumley has had many pieces published in periodicals and other publications, sometimes as works in progress or partial works, under his own name and jointly with other writers.
|Necroscope II: Wamphyri!||Necroscope Saga||1988||496||novel||US Title: Necroscope II: Vamphyri!|
|Necroscope III: The Source||Necroscope Saga||1989||528||novel|
|Necroscope IV: Deadspeak||Necroscope Saga||1990||560||novel|
|Necroscope V: Deadspawn||Necroscope Saga||1991||592||novel|
|Vampire World 1: Blood Brothers||Necroscope Saga||1992||752||novel||US Title Blood Brothers|
|Vampire World 2: The Last Aerie||Necroscope Saga||1993||768||novel||US Title The Last Aerie|
|Vampire World 3: Bloodwars||Necroscope Saga||1994||784||novel||US Title Bloodwars|
|Necroscope: The Lost Years Volume 1||Necroscope Saga||1995||483||novel||US Title Necroscope: The Lost Years|
|Necroscope: The Lost Years Volume 2||Necroscope Saga||1996||468||novel||US Title Necroscope: Resurgence, The Lost Years Volume Two|
|E-Branch 1: Invaders||Necroscope Saga||1998||560||novel||US Title Necroscope: Invaders|
|Necroscope: Defilers, E-Branch Volume 2||Necroscope Saga||1999||672||novel|
|Necroscope: Avengers, E-Branch Volume 3||Necroscope Saga||2000||576||novel|
|Harry Keogh: Necroscope and Other Weird Heroes!||Necroscope Saga||2003||320||collection|
|Necroscope: The Touch||Necroscope Saga||2006||672||novel|
|Necroscope: Harry and the Pirates||Necroscope Saga||2009||416||collection||UK Title Necroscope: The Lost Years Harry and the Pirates|
|Necroscope: The Plague-Bearer||Necroscope Saga||2010||184||novella|
|The Burrowers Beneath||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1974||novel||Part of the Titus Crow series|
|The Transition of Titus Crow||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1975||novel||Part of the Titus Crow series|
|The Clock of Dreams||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1978||novel||Part of the Titus Crow series|
|Spawn of the Winds||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1978||novel||Part of the Titus Crow series|
|In the Moons of Borea||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1979||novel||Part of the Titus Crow series|
|Elysia||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1989||novel||Book ties together & concludes Titus Crow, Dreamlands and Primal Land series|
|Hero of Dreams||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1986||novel||Part of the Dreamlands series|
|Ship of Dreams||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1986||novel||Part of the Dreamlands series|
|Mad Moon of Dreams||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1987||novel||Part of the Dreamlands series|
|Iced on Aran||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1992||collection||Part of the Dreamlands series|
|House of Cthulhu||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1991||collection||Part of the Primal Land series|
|Tarra Khash: Hrossak!||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1991||novel||Part of the Primal Land series|
|Sorcery in Shad||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1991||novel||Part of the Primal Land series|
|Beneath the Moors||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1974||novella|
|Khai of Ancient Khem||1980||novel||Khai of Khem in recent editions|
|The House of Doors||1990||novel|
|The House of Doors: The Second Visit||1998||novel||US title: Maze of Worlds|
|The Caller of the Black||1971||collection|
|The Horror at Oakdeene and Others||1977||collection|
|The House of Cthulhu and Others||1984||collection|
|Fruiting Bodies and Other Fungi||1993||collection|
|Dagon's Bell and Other Discords||1994||collection|
|Return of the Deep Ones and Other Mythos Tales||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||1994||collection|
|The Second Wish and Other Exhalations||1995||collection|
|A Coven of Vampires||1998||collection|
|The Whisperer and Other Voices||2001||collection|
|Brian Lumley's Freaks||2004||collection|
|Screaming Science Fiction: Horrors from Out of Space||2006||collection|
|The Taint and other Novellas: Best Mythos Tales Number 1||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||2008||collection|
|Haggopian and Other Tales: Best Mythos Tales Number 1||Cthulhu Cycle Deities||2008||collection|
|The Nonesuch and Others||2009||collection|
- The Subterranean Press edition
- Necroscope (novel)
- Brian Lumley's Freaks
- In the Glow Zone
- Mother Love
- Problem Child
- The Ugly Act
- Somebody Calling
- A Coven of Vampires (1998)
- What Dark God?
- Back Row
- The Strange Years
- The Kiss of the Lamia
- The Thief Immortal
- The Thing from the Blasted Heath
- The Picknickers
- Zack Phalanx is Vlad the Impaler
- The House of the Temple
- Screaming Science Fiction: Horrors from Out of Space
- "Snarker's Son"
- "The Man Who Felt Pain"
- "The Strange Years"
- "No Way Home"
- "The Man Who Saw No Spiders"
- "Deja Viewer"
- "Feasibility Study"
- "Gaddy's Gloves"
- "The Big 'C'"
- The Taint and other novellas: Best Mythos Tales, Volume One (2007)
- The Horror at Oakdeene
- Born of the Winds
- The Fairground Horror
- The Taint
- Rising with Surtsey
- Lord of the Worms
- The House of the Temple
- Haggopian and other stories (2008)
- The Caller of the Black
- Cement Surroundings
- The House of Cthulhu
- The Night Sea-Maid Went Down
- Name and Number
- Curse of the Golden Guardians
- Aunt Hester
- The Kiss of Bugg-Shash
- De Marigny's Clock
- Mylakhrion the Immortal
- The Sister City
- What Dark God?
- The Statement of Henry Worthy
- Dagon's Bell
- The Thing from the Blasted Heath
- Dylath Leen
- The Mirror of Nitocris
- The Second Wish
- The Hymn
- Synchronicity or Something
- The Black Recalled
- The Sorcerer's Dream
- The Nonesuch and Others (2009)
- "The Thin People"
- The Nonesuch
- The Fly-by-Nights (2011)
- "Brian Lumley's website". Brianlumley.com. 1937-12-02. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- Brian Lumley, "Mail-Call of Cthulhu", Black Forbidden Things, p. 194.
- Scott, Sifu (2010-03-29). "Horror Writers Association Presents 2009 Stoker Winners". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- World Fantasy Convention (2010). "2010 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
- "An Interview with Brian Lumley", Robert M. Price, Nightscapes No. 5.
- Leigh Blackmore. Brian Lumley: A New Bibliography. Sydney: Dark Press, 1994. San Bernardino, CA: Borgo Press, 1987.
- Brian Lumley and Stanley Wiater (eds). The Brian Lumley Companion. NY: Books, 2002.
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