June 3, 1953 |
Life and career
Howison was born in Detroit, Michigan but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting; with his distinctive long white hair, he was a natural for low-budget horror films, and has since played the character "Renfield" on four separate occasions (making him the actor who has portrayed this iconic character from Dracula more than any other).
In 1995, Howison and wife Sue Duncan started Dark Delicacies, a store devoted entirely to horror books, DVDs and gifts. Dark Delicacies, located in Burbank, California, remains the only "brick-and-mortar" store in the United States dedicated solely to horror. The store has also published a number of charity anthologies, including The Altruistic Alphabet and Conjuring Dark Delicacies (a horror-themed cookbook).
In 2005, Howison and co-editor Jeff Gelb published Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre (Carroll and Graf), which included stories by Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, F. Paul Wilson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, David J. Schow, Steve Niles, Roberta Lannes, Gahan Wilson, and more. The book went on to win the 2005 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology.
Howison has also written a number of non-fiction horror articles and interviews for such publications as Gauntlet and Rue Morgue magazine.
In 2008 his short story The Lost Herd (originally published in the erotic horror anthology Hot Blood 12: Strange Bedfellows 2004) was purchased for the television series Fear Itself. It was scripted by Mick Garris and the title changed to Red Snow. The title was once again changed to The Sacrifice and it was directed by Breck Eisner. The episode became the series premiere episode airing on June 5, 2008. His short story The Necrosis Factor was chosen for the anthology Traps which was released in December 2008.
In 2010 he co-authored the book Vampires Don't Sleep Alone with Elizabeth Barrial under the pseudonym of D. H. Altair. That year he also released the book When Werewolves Attack under his own name. Both books were published by Ulysses Press.
- Dahmer Vs. Gacy (2009)
- Ghost Hoax (2008)
- Blood Scarab (2008)
- Horrorween (2008)
- Her Morbid Desires (2007)
- The Naked Monster (2005)
- Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood (2004)
- The Devil's Due at Midnight (2004)
- Boogie with the Undead (2003)
- Scarlet Countess (aka The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula) (2001)
- Horrorvision (2001)
- The Vampire Hunters Club (2001)
- Blood Slaves of the Vampire Wolf (1996)
- Limp Fangs (1996)
- Lord of Illusions (1995)