Bari Wood

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Bari Wood
Born (1936-12-31) December 31, 1936 (age 80)
Jacksonville, Illinois
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Alma mater Northwestern University
Genre Suspense, Science fiction, Horror
Notable works The Killing Gift
Spouse Dr. Gilbert Congdon Wood, Dennis Preston Kazee

Bari Wood (born December 31, 1936) is an American author of science fiction, crime and horror novels.


Bari Eve Wood née Prosterman was born in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1936, the daughter of Israel S. Prosterman and Gertrude Ritman, grew up in and around Chicago, and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a degree in English. She moved to New York in 1967, where she first worked in the library of the American Cancer Society, later as editor of the society's publication, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians[1] and of the medical journal Drug Therapy. In the early 1970s she began writing fiction.

She was married to Dr. Gilbert Congdon Wood (b. 1915 – d. 2000), a biologist for the American Cancer Society. In 1981 they moved to a farmhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut.[2] In 2008, she married Dennis Preston Kazee and moved to Lansing, Michigan.

Bari Wood wrote her first novel, Killing Gift, in 1975. Followed by 'Twins,' with Jack Geasland in 1977; in 1988 the novel was adapted into a film under the title Dead Ringers with Jeremy Irons in the eponymous lead roles. The novel The Killing Gift, published in 1975, won the Putnam Prize for high-quality novels.[3]


Year Title Notes
1975 The Killing Gift
1977 Twins with Jack Geasland (Re-released in 1988 as Dead Ringers)
1981 The Tribe
1984 Lightsource
1986 Amy Girl
1993 Doll's Eyes
1995 The Basement

Films and television[edit]

Year Title Notes
1988 Dead Ringers Directed by David Cronenberg. Based on Twins aka Dead Ringers.[1]
1999 In Dreams Directed by Neil Jordan. Based on Doll's Eyes [2]


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  2. ^ "Who's Who in Ridgefield CT S-Z". 
  3. ^ The Bowker annual of library and book trade information, vol. 21, New York, NY: R.R. Bowker, 1976, p. 430.

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