Monday, December 1, 2014

Rocky Wood

This is a sad day. Rocky Wood has died. Many people know him as a tireless worker for the Horror Writers Association, serving as President of that noble organization. He is responsible for some of the great, recent changes making it possible for self-published authors to be recognized as well as authors in more traditional modes. But not many people know he was also an author and a damned good one.

Rocky died way too soon, but his spirit remains. I know he will never stop helping authors. When they struggle, he will be there. Write on, Rocky. Your friends will never forget you.

I am honored to share space in Horror 101: The Way Forward with Rocky. He wrote an article titled The Horror Writers Association-the Genre's Essential Ingredient. His story comes immediately after mine about ghostwriting. Double honor for me.

So when you're looking for some great books to buy this Holiday season, buy some of Rocky Wood's. His life lives on in his words.

Blaze McRob

Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished by Rocky Wood (Jul 10, 2011)


Other Formats: Hardcover

Author Updates

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Rocky Wood lives in Melbourne, Australia and is the co-author of three major works about Stephen King, all of which were nominated for the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction - 'Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished' (latest edition from Overlook Connection Press), 'Stephen King: The Non-Fiction' (Cemetery Dance) and 'Stephen King: The Literary Companion' (McFarland), which won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award.

He is also the author of 'Horror! Great Tales of Fear and Their Creators' (McFarland), a graphic novel illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne, which was shortlisted for a Black Quills Award; and 'Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times' (McFarland), with Lisa Morton and illustrated by Greg Chapman (winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel).

His website is at:

He has spoken at numerous conventions, including the SKEMER Con in Estes Park, Colorado (2003); Continuum 3 (2005) and Continuum 4 (2006) in Melbourne; Conflux 3 in Canberra (2006); the 2nd Annual Stephen King Dollar Baby Festival in Bangor, Maine (2005), the World Horror Conventions in Salt Lake City (2008 and 2012); the World Horror Convention in Austin (2011); the Bram Stoker Award Weekends (Burbank, 2009 and Long Island, 2011); Worldcon in Melbourne (2010); the Bram Stoker Award Weekend/World Horror Convention in New Orleans (2013); and has even addressed Stephen King's hometown Historical Society about the author's works and motivations. He has undertaken seven research trips to Maine, rediscovering many previously lost or unknown pieces written by King. He has published non-fiction worldwide for over thirty years; and is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on King's work.

He served as a Trustee of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) from 2008 to 2010; and was elected President of the HWA in 2010, and re-elected in 2012). He is also a proud member of the Australian Horror Writers Association
From Wikipedia:
 Rocky Wood (19 October 1959 – 1 December 2014) was an award-winning[1][2] New Zealand-born Australian writer and researcher best known for his books about horror author Stephen King. He is the first author from outside North America or Europe to hold the position of President of the Horror Writers Association.[3] Wood was born in Wellington, New Zealand and lived in Melbourne, Australia with his family. He has been a freelance writer for over 35 years. His writing career began at university, where he wrote a national newspaper column in New Zealand on extra-terrestrial life and UFO-related phenomena and published other articles about the phenomenon worldwide, in the course of which research he met such figures as Erich von Däniken and J. Allen Hynek;[4][5] and had articles on the security industry published in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and South Africa. In October 2010, Wood was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He died of complications on 1 December 2014.[6]

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