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January 3, 1949|
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Died||March 13, 2009
Lakeland, Florida, United States
|Occupation||Writer, editor, musician|
Keith Herber was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States. He began working on the fourth edition of Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu role-playing game in 1989; he was the line editor for the game for the next five years, including the change to the fifth edition of Call of Cthulhu in 1992, until he left Chaosium in 1994.:90 While there he wrote and edited such award-winning books as The Fungi from Yuggoth, Trail of Tsathoggua, Spawn of Azathoth, Arkham Unveiled, Return to Dunwich, Investigator’s Companion Volumes 1 & 2, and the Keeper’s Compendium. The anthology Cthulhu's Dark Cults was dedicated to his memory.
Herber wrote for Pagan Publishing's The Unspeakable Oath magazine.:244 Following his time at Chaosium, Herber wrote two novels for White Wolf's Vampire game as well as the Tremere Clanbook. He also served as an editor for Cinescape Magazine.
Herber's venture at the time of his death was Miskatonic River Press, a publishing company started in 2009 to produce a number of supplements for Call of Cthulhu, as well as several fiction anthologies.:95
Throughout his time as an author and editor, Herber played bass guitar for blues and rock bands across the United States, including Detroit's Progressive Blues Band, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Mitch Ryder, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and opening for The Temptations, John Mayall, The Violent Femmes, and others.
Herber died in Lakeland, Florida in March 2009, aged 60.
Roleplaying game credits
|New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley (Call of Cthulhu)||Miskatonic River Press||2008|
|H. P. Lovecraft's Arkham (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||2003|
|H. P. Lovecraft's Dunwich (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||2002|
|Keeper's Companion, Volume 1 (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||2000|
|Call of Cthulhu, ver. 5.5||Chaosium||1998|
|Creature Companion (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1998|
|Escape From Innsmouth, 2nd Ed. (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1997|
|Compact Arkham Unveiled, The (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1995|
|Immortal Eyes: The Toybox (Changeling: The Dreaming)||White Wolf||1995|
|1920s Investigator's Companion, Vol. 2 (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1994|
|Clanbook: Tremere (Vampire: The Masquerade)||White Wolf||1994|
|Call of Cthulhu, 5th Ed.||Chaosium||1992|
|Cthulhu Now, 2nd Ed.||Chaosium||1992|
|Rogue Mistress (Stormbringer)||Chaosium||1991|
|Blood Brothers (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1990|
|Mansions of Madness (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1990|
|H. P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1988|
|Spawn of Azathoth (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1986|
|Trail of Tsathogghua (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1984|
|Fungi from Yuggoth (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1984|
|Cthulhu Companion (Call of Cthulhu)||Chaosium||1983|
|Prince of the City (Vampire: The Masquerade)||White Wolf||1995|
|Dark Prince (Vampire: The Masquerade)||HarperPrism||1994|
- "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VMHP-BMH : accessed 25 Oct 2013), Keith Donald Herber, 13 March 2009; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.