|Born||May 31, 1930|
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States
|Died||September 22, 2013 (aged 83)|
Reno, Nevada, United States
|Spouse||Martine Wood Brandner|
Gary Phil Brandner (May 31, 1930 – September 22, 2013) was an American horror fiction author best known for his werewolf themed trilogy of novels, The Howling. The first book of the series was adapted loosely as a motion picture in 1981. Brandner's second and third Howling novels, published in 1979 and 1985 respectively, have no association with the film series, though he was involved with writing the screenplay for the second Howling film, Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf. The fourth film of the Howling series, Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, is actually the closest adaptation of Brandner's original novel, though this too varies to some degree.
Brandner's novel Walkers was adapted and filmed for television as From The Dead Of Night. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1988 horror film Cameron's Closet.
Life and career
Born in the Midwest and much traveled during his formative years, Brandner published more than 30 novels, more than 100 short stories, and also wrote a few screenplays. He attended college at the University of Washington where he was a member of fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa. After graduating in 1955, he worked as an amateur boxer, bartender, surveyor, loan company investigator, advertising copywriter, and technical writer before turning to fiction writing. Brandner lived with his wife, Martine Wood Brandner, and several cats in Reno, Nevada.
He died of esophageal cancer in 2013.
The Big Brain series
|The Aardvark Affair||1975||novel||a.k.a. The Big Brain|
|The Beelzebub Business||1975||novel|
The Howling series
|The Howling||1977||novel||made into the 1981 film The Howling|
|The Howling II||1979||novel||a.k.a. Return of the Howling|
|The Howling III: Echoes||1985||novel||a.k.a. The Howling III|
|Walkers||1980||novel||made into the television film From the Dead of Night|
|A Rage in Paradise||1981||novel|
|Cat People||1982||film novelization||based on the story by DeWitt Bodeen & screenplay by Alan Ormsby|
|Quintana Roo||1984||novel||a.k.a. Tribe of the Dead|
|The Brain Eaters||1985||novel|
|The Wet Good-Bye||1986||novel|
|Cameron's Closet||1986||novel||a.k.a. Cameron's Terror; made into the film Cameron's Closet|
|Floater||1988||novel||optioned by Empire Pictures with director Tobe Hooper attached|
|The Boiling Pool||1995||novel|
|The Sterling Standard||2012||novel|
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