VJ Books Presents Author Whitley Strieber!
Louis Whitley Strieber (born June 13, 1945) is an American writer best known for his horror novels, The Wolfen, The Hunger, and Communion--a non-fiction account of his own perceived experiences with non-human entities. Strieber also co-authored The Coming Global Superstorm with Art Bell, which inspired the blockbuster film about sudden climate change, The Day After Tomorrow.
Whitley Strieber was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Karl Strieber, a lawyer, and Mary Drought Strieber. He attended Central Catholic Marianist High School in San Antonio, Texas. He was educated at the University of Texas at Austin and the London School of Film Technique, graduating from both in 1968. He then worked for several different advertising firms in New York City, rising to the level of vice president before quitting in 1977 to become a free-lance writer.
Strieber began his career as a novelist with the horror novels The Wolfen and The Hunger, both of which were later made into movies.
Strieber then turned to speculative fiction. He wrote Warday, a New York Times bestseller about the dangers of limited nuclear warfare, and Nature's End, a novel about environmental apocalypse, both in collaboration with longtime friend James Kunetka. He is also the author of Wolf of Shadows, a young adult novel set in the aftermath of a nuclear war.
He later returned to the vampire saga that began with The Hunger, adding The Last Vampire and Lilith's Dream to the storyline.
On December 26, 1985, Strieber reportedly had an experience in which he believed he was abducted from his cabin in upstate New York by non-human beings of some kind. He wrote about these experiences in his first non-fiction book, Communion (1987). Communion is generally interpreted as a claim of alien abduction, but Strieber says that he draws no firm conclusions about the nature or source of his experience. He refers to the beings as "the visitors," a name chosen to be as neutral as possible, and leaves open the possibility that they are not extraterrestrials and even that they exist only in his mind. He has repeatedly expressed his frustration with what he feels are fantastic claims incorrectly attributed to him.
Communion was a Number 1 New York Times bestseller in the Non-Fiction category. Strieber went on to write three more autobiographical books about his experiences with the visitors. Strieber wrote the screenplay for the 1989 film Communion, directed by Philippe Mora and starring Christopher Walken as Strieber. The movie covers material from both Communion and Transformation and introduces some new themes not present in the books.
Other visitor-themed books of Strieber's include Majestic, The Communion Letters, and Confirmation . Despite its title, Confirmation does not propose that there has been 'confirmation' of UFOs or abductions, but rather analyzes the evidence that was available at that time and discusses what more would be required to provide 'confirmation'. A 2006 novel, The Grays, presented his impressions of alien contact through a fictional narrative.
His website: www.unknowncountry.com
Similar authors: Kevin J. Anderson, Ramsey Campbell, Eric Garcia, Timothy Zahn
To see Whitley Strieber's bibliography, click here or scroll to the bottom of the page.
Whitley Strieber Bibliography
- The Hunger - 1981
- The Last Vampire - 2001
- Lilith's Dream: A Take of the Vampire Life - 2002
- The Wolfen - 1978
- Black Magic - 1982
- The Night Church - 1983
- Warday - 1984
- Wolf of Shadows - 1985
- Nature's End - 1986
- Cat Magic - 1986
- Majestic - 1989
- Billy - 1990
- The Wild - 1991
- Unholy Fire - 1992
- The Forbidden Zone - 1993
- The Day After Tomorrow - 2004
- The Grays - 2006
- 2012: The War for Souls - 2007
- Critical Mass - 2009
- Omega Point: Beyond 2012 - 2010
- Hybrids - 2011
- Alien Hunter - 2013
- Communion - 1987
- Transformation - 1988
- Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us - 1998
- Breakthrough: The Next Step - 1995
- The Secret School - 1996
- The Key - 2001
- The Coming Global Superstorm - 2000
- The Path - 2002
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