Joseph Hayes (August 2, 1918 – September 11, 2006) was an American author and playwright, born in Indianapolis, Indiana. When he was thirteen, he entered a Benedictine monastery, staying there for two years. He graduated from Indiana University.
His books include Ways of Darkness, No Escape, Winner's Circle, Island on Fire, Missing...and Presumed Dead, The Long Dark Night, Like Any Other Fugitive, The Deep End, The Third Day, Bon Voyage (with his wife Marrijane Hayes), Don't Go Away Mad, The Hours After Midnight, and The Desperate Hours.
He died in a nursing home from Alzheimer's disease in 2006. His survivors include three sons, ten grandchildren, and eleven great-grand children.