Genre Author William F. Nolan Passes Away At Age 93

Prolific author William F. Nolan–best known for co-writing Logan’s Run and for his frequent horror screenplays–has passed away. Nolan was 93.

Nolan’s passing–announced on Facebook by friend and collaborator Jason V. Brock–reportedly resulted from complications from an infection, according to Deadline.

Nolan wrote 1967’s Logan’s Run with George Clayton Johnson. The novel–set in a future world where overpopulation and scant natural resources prompt society to euthanize residents at age 21–gave birth to sequels, a 1976 film starring Michael York and a 1977 TV series.

But Nolan also left an indelible mark on the horror genre. A recipient of the Bram Stoker Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award, he often worked with director Dan Curtis, creator of the popular Dark Shadows TV series.

Nolan co-wrote (with Curtis) the 1976 horror feature Burnt Offerings, that follows a family dealing with supernatural forces within a large estate they’re renting for the summer. The film stars Karen Black, Bette Davis and Oliver Reed.

Nolan also wrote for the small screen, scripting The Norliss Tapes (1973), a made-for-TV movie that follow an investigator of the occult. He also wrote a 1975 anthology horror film for TV–Trilogy of Terror–and its 1996 sequel–Trilogy of Terror II.

Nolan leaves behind no immediate survivors, but he reportedly considered Jason and Sunni Brock to be his family.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Nolan’s family, friends and colleagues.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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