Harold King (author)

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Harold King
Author Harold King of Shreveport, LA.jpg
Born Harold Raymond King, Jr.
(1945-02-27)February 27, 1945
Died October 15, 2010(2010-10-15) (aged 65)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Nationality American
Other names Hal King
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Occupation Novelist; Journalist
Spouse(s) Elaine Tucker King (divorced)

Harold "Trey" King, III and wife Jenna Fontenot King

Grandson: Elijah King
Parent(s) Harold, Sr., and Anne M. King

Harold Raymond King, Jr. (February 27, 1945 – October 15, 2010), also known as Hal King, was an American author and journalist known for his 1975 novel Paradigm Red,[1] which became the 1977 NBC television movie Red Alert.

The film version of the novel, made at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, stars William Devane, Michael Brandon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Ralph Waite, then at the peak of his success on CBS's The Waltons. In the story line, a nuclear power plant malfunctions and receives false information of a radiation leak. The crew is trapped inside the compound.[2]


King was born to Anne M. King of Shreveport, Louisiana, and the United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Harold King, Sr. (1924–2000), formerly of Michigan.[3] King's obituary does not give his place of birth or rearing, high school, or the college granting his undergraduate degree. He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. He received a Master of Arts degree in professional writing from the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma. In the 1970s, he was an award-winning investigative reporter for Shreveport Times. His former wife, Elaine Tucker King (born 1949), was also on the newspaper staff. King taught an undergraduate writing course at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.[4]


In addition to Paradigm Red, King authored the novels Four Days (a Cold War thriller), Taskmaster, Code of Arms, and The Hahnemann Sequela. And under the pen name "Brian Harris" he novelized the miniseries World War III

His best-selling Closing Ceremonies, with the streamer "Nazi Evil Lives On . . . And a Hunt to the Death Begins,"[5] prompted Publishers Weekly to name King in 1979 "the crown prince of suspense."[4]

Shelkagari is a story about the search in the Himalayas for a lost diamond that purportedly belonged to Alexander the Great.[6]

King's writing topics range from Himalayan subculture to disaster from nuclear reactors. In addition to his writing, King had been a taxi driver and a construction worker.[6]


King had been living in Grand Rapids, Michigan,[7] writing his most recent novels[6] prior to the onslaught of cancer, which claimed his life at the age of 65 after an extended illness.[4]

King is survived by his son, Harold King III ("Trey", born 1978), and grandson, Elijah King (born 2000), both of Lafayette; three brothers Richard Allen King (born 1947) of Shreveport, David M. King of Sarasota, Florida, and Mark S. King of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and two sisters, Linda Conway and Nancy Lanzillotti and husband, David Lanzillotti, all of Bossier City, Louisiana. Services were held on October 21, 2010, at the Couch Parlor of the large First United Methodist Church at the end of Texas Avenue in downtown Shreveport.[4]


  1. ^ "Paradigm Red". Indianapolis, Indiana: Bobbs-Merrill, 1975, ISBN 0-672-52051-6. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Red Alert". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Social Security Death Index". legacy.com. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Harold Raymond "Hal" King, Jr., obituary". Shreveport Times, October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ Closing Ceremonies. Coward, McCannan & Geoghegan, 1979, ISBN 0-698-10950-3. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "Novels by Harold King". halking.com. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ People Search and Background Check, Internet