Authors Who Died in 2013
This year has been a difficult one. We have lost many wonderful authors whose contributions to the literary world will be sincerely missed. In today’s article we are remembering the authors who died in 2013. They may have passed on from this life, but have left their words with us to be remembered and carried in our hearts forever.
Patricia Anthony (January 3, 1947 – August 2, 2013) was an American sci-fi author. Her works include God’s Fires (1997) and Cold Allies (1992).
Campbell Armstrong (February 25, 1944 – March 1, 2013) was a much-lauded Scottish author. His works include such titles as Assassins & Victims (1969), The Punctual Rape (1970), and Butcher (2006).
Iain Banks (February 16, 1954 – June 9, 2013) was an award-winning Scottish author of literary and science fiction. His works include such titles as The Wasp Factory, Dead Air, and Consider Phlebas.
John Boyd (October 3, 1919 – June 8, 2013) was an American science fiction author. He wrote primarily under the pen name Boyd Bradfield Upchurch. His works include The Last Starship from Earth (1968) and The Doomsday Gene (1972).
Gary Brandner (May 31, 1930 – September 22, 2013) was an American horror novelist. His works include The Howling, Walker), and Energy Zero.
Gwendoline Butler (August 19, 1922 – January 5, 2013) was a British author who wrote romance and mysteries. She also wrote under the pen name Jennie Melville. Her books include Coffin in Oxford (1962) and Complicity (2000).
Tom Clancy (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American author best known for his spy thrillers. His works include such books as The Hunt for Red October (1984) and Patriot Games (1987).
Pauline Clarke (May 19, 1921 – July 23, 2013) was an award-winning children’s author. She also wrote under the pen name Helen Clare. Her works include such titles as The Twelve and the Genii (1962) and Jacob’s Ladder (2003).
Evan S. Connell (August 17, 1924 – January 10, 2013) was an award-winning author and short-story writer. His works include such titles as The Patriot (1960) and Son of the Morning Star: Custer and The Little Bighorn (1985).
Basil Copper (February 5, 1924 – April 3, 2013) was a prolific British author of fantasy, horror, and detective mysteries. His works include The Dossier of Solar Pons (1979), A Quiet Room in Hell (1979), and Here Be Daemons (1978).
Ann Crispin (April 5, 1950 – September 6, 2013) was an American sci-fi writer. Her works include such titles as The Eyes of the Beholders (1990), The Han Solo Trilogy (2000), and Star Bridge (1989).
William Demby (December 25, 1922 – May 23, 2013) was an award-winning American novelist. His most notable works are Beetlecreek (1950) and The Catacombs (1965).
Nevill Drury (October 1, 1947 – October 15, 2013) was and Australian publisher, editor, and author. His books include such works as The Gods of Rebirth (1988) and Pan’s Daughter: the Strange World of Rosaleen Norton (1988).
Vince Flynn (April 6, 1966 – June 19, 2013) was a bestselling American author of political thrillers. His works included such titles as Executive Power (2003), Extreme Measures (2008), and Kill Shot (2012).
Margaret Frazer (November 26, 1946 – February 4, 2013) was an American author of historical fiction. Her works include such titles as A Novice’s Tale (1992) and A Play of Heresy (2011).
Leighton Gage (May 13, 1942 – July 26, 2013) was an author crime fiction. His novels include The Blood of the Wicked and The Ways of Evil Men.
Parke Godwin (January 28, 1929 – June 19, 2013) was an award-winning American author of fantasy. His works included such notable works as Firelord (1980), Sherwood (1991), and Waiting for the Galactic Bus (1988).
Andrew Greeley (February 5, 1928 – May 29, 2013) was a Catholic priest, journalist, and prolific American novelist of both fiction and non-fiction. His works include such titles as The Cardinal Sins (1981) and The Search for Maggie Ward (1991).
Richard E. Geis (July 19, 1927 – February 4, 2013) was an American author of science fiction erotica. His works include titles such as Sex Kitten, The Corporation Strikes Back, and Star Whores.
William Harrison (October 29, 1933 – October 22, 2013) was an American novelist and short story writer. He was best known for the book The Rollerball Murder and other short stories (1975). His other works include Black August (2011) and Savannah Blue (1979).
Rick Hautala (February 3, 1949 – March 21, 2013) was an award-winning American author of horror and speculative fiction. He also wrote under the pen name A. J. Matthews. His works include Moondeath (1980), Skin Deep (2000) and The Demon’s Wife (2013).
James Herbert (April 8, 1943 – March 20, 2013) was a bestselling British horror novelist. His works include such titles as The Rat (1974), The Fog (1975), and Ash (2012).
Oscar Hijuelos (August 24, 1951 – October 12, 2013) was the first Hispanic author to win the Pulitzer Prize. His novels include such works as The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989) and Dark Dude (2008).
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (May 7, 1927 – April 3, 2013) was an award-winning novelist and short story writer. She also won two academy awards for Room with a View and Remains of the Day. Her books include such titles as The Householder (1960) and Heat and Dust (1975).
E. L. Konigsburg (February 10, 1930 – April 19, 2013) was an award-winning American writer of children’s fiction. Her works include such titles as Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (1967) and The View from Saturday (1996).
Joel Lane (1963 – November 26, 2013) was an award-winning British author and short story writer. His works include The Witnesses are Gone (2009) and From Blue to Black (2000).
Robert Leeson (March 31, 1928 – September 29, 2013) was a British author who was mainly lauded for his children’s books. His works include such titles as Silver’s Revenge (1978) and Never Kiss Frogs (1988).
Elmore Leonard (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013) was an American novels best known for crime fiction and suspense thrillers. His works include such notable titles as Get Shorty (1990), Rum Punch (1992), and 3:10 to Yuma (1953).
Doris Lessing (October 22, 1919 – November 17, 2013) was a Nobel Prize winning British novelist. Her works include such titles as The Grass is Singing (1950), The Golden Notebook (1962), and The Good Terrorist (1985).
Frederic Lindsay (August 12, 1933 – May 31, 2013) was Scottish author of crime fiction. His works include such titles as Kissing Judas (1997) and Jill Rips (1987).
Richard Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American novelist and short story author. He primarily wrote science fiction, fantasy and horror. His best known works were I Am Legend (1954), What Dreams May Come (1978), and Hell House (1971).
Fredrick McKissack (August 12, 1939 – April 28, 2013) was an American author of children’s books based on African American history. His most notable works are Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (1995) and Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?
Barbara Mertz (September 29, 1927 – August 8, 2013) was an award-winning American mystery writer. She also wrote under the pen names Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels. Her works include such titles as The Mummy Case (1985) and Into the Darkness (1990).
Herbert Mitgang (January 20, 1920 – November 21, 2013) was an American author, journalist and playwright. He was known for such works as: Newsmen in Khaki: Takes of a World War II Soldier’s Correspondent (2004) and The Return (1959).
Al Neuharth (March 22, 1924 – April 19, 2013) was an American author and the founder of US Today. His books include such titles as Confessions of an S.O.B.(1989) and BusCapade: Plain Talk Across the USA (1987).
andrew j. offutt (August 16, 1934 – April 30, 2013) was an American science fiction, fantasy, and erotic novelist. He wrote under the pen names John Cleve, Jeff Douglas, Farrah Fawkes, Baxter Giles, J X Williams, and Turk Winter. His works include such titles as Shadowspawn (1987), Conan and the Sorcerer (1978), and King of the Slavers (1984).
Michael Palmer (October 9, 1942 – October 30, 2013) was an American author best known for his medical thrillers. He was the author of such books as Extreme Measures (1991) and Political Suicide (2013).
Barbara Park (April 21, 1947 – November 15, 2013) was a children’s writer who was best known for her beloved Junie B. Jones series.
Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was an award-winning American sci-fi author. His works include such titles as Gateway (1977) and All the Lives He Led (2011).
Ida Pollock (April 12, 1908 – December 3, 2013) was a British romance novelist. She published over one hundred novels in her ninety year long career. She was one of the founding members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She wrote under the following pen names: Ida Crowe, Joan M. Allen, Susan Barrie, Pamela Kent, Averil Ives, Anita Charles, Barbara Rowan, Jane Beaufort, Rose Burghley, Mary Whistler, Ida Pollock, Marguerite Bell. Her books include Her Chinese Captor (1935), Rose in the Bud (1966), and Country Air (1970).
Nick Pollotta (1954 – April 13, 2013) was an American author of science fiction, fantasy and humor. He also wrote under the pen names Don Pendleton and James Axler. His works include such titles as Illegal Aliens (1989) and Bureau 13 (1990).
John Rankine (September 26, 1918 – August 8, 2013) was British sci-fi author. His also wrote under the pen name Douglas R. Mason. His works include In the Eye of the Storm (2001) and The Resurrection of Roger Diment (1972).
Francis Ray (July 20, 1944 – July 3, 2013) was an award-winning and bestselling author of African American romance. Her novels include such titles as Undeniable (1995), Any Rich Man Will Do (2005), and After the Dawn (2013).
Louis D. Rubin Jr. (November 19, 1923 – November 16, 2013) was an American author, who brought notoriety to the genre of southern fiction. He was the founder of Algonquin Book of Chapel Hill. His works include such books as The Literary South (1979) and Heat of the Sun (1995).
Thomas Sharpe (March 30, 1928 – June 6, 2013) was a British novelist who was best known for his satires. His works include Porterhouse Blue (1974), Indecent Exposure (1973), and the Wilt series (1976-2010).
Richard Stern (February 25, 1928 – January 24, 2013) was an award-winning American novelist. His works include such titles as Golk (1960) and Pacific Tremors (2001).
Helen Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American Author and White House correspondent. Her books include such titles as Listen Up Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do (2009) and Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public (2006).
Jack Vance (August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013) was an award-winning American author who wrote science fiction, fantasy and mysteries. He also wrote under the names John Holbrook Vance, Ellery Queen, Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse His works include such titles as The Dragon Masters (1967), The Dying Earth (1950), and The Last Castle (1966).
Bernard Waber (September 27, 1921 – May 16, 2013) was an American author of children’s books. The Lyle series was his best known work. Other works include The House on East 88th (1962), Do You See a Mouse?, and Courage.
Colin Wilson (June 26, 1931 – December 5, 2013) was an influential British author and philosopher. He is best non for The Outsider (1956) and Ritual in the Dark (1960) and The Space Vampires (1976).
Sol Yurick (January 18, 1925 – January 5, 2013) was an American novelist of literary fiction. His works include such titles as The Warriors (1965) and Confession (1999).
Charlotte Zolotow (June 26, 1915 – November 19, 2013) was an American author of over seventy children’s books. Her works include: I Know a Lady (1984) and Who is Ben? (1997).
If there are any authors we have missed, please add them in the comment section.