Tuesday, July 20, 2021

William F. Nolan: R.I.P.

William F. Nolan, author, screenwriter, artist, and fan, passed away on July 15 at the age of 93. Perhaps best known for co-writing Logan's Run with the late George Clayton John, William F. Nolan wrote hundreds of stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction genres.

As a noted pulp historian, he was a recognized authority on Black Mask, Dashiell Hammett, and "Max Brand" (Frederick Faust). Nolan has edited six collections of Faust tales, has written Max Brand: Western Giant, and was the author of the biography King of the Pulps: The Man Who Was Max Brand. Nolan's historical anthology, The Black Mask Boys, is the key work on the legendary magazine - and he's written three books on Dashiell Hammett, plus several pieces on the early pulp fiction of his longtime pal, Ray Bradbury.

He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Dark Fantasy. Nolan lived in Vancouver, Washington, in an apartment "full of books, pulp magazines, and stuffed animals."

Obituary in Rolling Stone

Read an obituary in File 770: Mike Glyer's News of SF Fandom.

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