Acclaimed genre author Peter Straub–a frequent Stephen King collaborator–has passed away at the age of 79 after a long illness.
Straub–who received the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award during his long, distinguished career–was remembered by King in a tweet. “It’s a sad say because my good friend and amazingly talented colleague and collaborator, Peter Straub, has passed away,” King wrote. “Working with him was one of the great joys of my creative life.”
King and Straub collaborated on 1984’s The Talisman (coming soon to Netflix) and 2001’s Black House. Straub’s 1979 Ghost Story was adapted into a feature film in 1981.
In addition to those memorable novels, Straub published more than two dozen other books, story collections and novellas–including The Throat, Mr. X, In the Night Room and A Dark Matter. He also edited such anthologies as H.P. Lovecraft: Stories and Poe’s Children: The New Horror.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Straub’s family, friends and colleagues.