William F Nolan

William F. Nolan (born March 6, 1928 in Kansas City, MO) writes mostly in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Though best known for coauthoring the acclaimed dystopian science fiction novel Logan’s Run with George Clayton Johnson, Nolan is the author of more than 2000 pieces (fiction, nonfiction, articles, and books), and has edited twenty-six anthologies in his fifty-plus year career.

In addition to multiple anthology appearances and magazine contributions, Nolan has had several major works come out in the past few years. Hippocampus Press produced Nolan’s selected nonfiction writings about his late friend, the legendary Ray Bradbury, in Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction (edited by the esteemed scholar, critic, and anthologist S. T. Joshi). The venerable publisher Arkham House was to release a new gathering of unpublished Nolan stories for 2013 entitled Like a Dead Man Walking and Other Shadow Tales, however, due to its dissolution, the collection was ultimately issued by Centipede Press in 2014. Adept at poetry and screenwriting as well as fiction (with more than twenty produced scripts to his credit), he was co-writer (with filmmaker Dan Curtis) of the screenplay for the 1976 horror classic Burnt Offerings, and co-wrote Trilogy of Terror with another departed friend, the outstanding author and screenwriter Richard Matheson, both for Dan Curtis Productions.

In January, 2010 a comic book series based on Logan’s Run (Logan’s Run: Last Day) debuted from Washington-based publisher Bluewater Productions; later, the outfit produced spin-offs of Last Day called Rebirth, Aftermath, Solo (scripted by Nolan collaborator Jason V Brock) and another serial based on Nolan’s horror works (in a five issue mini-series co-scripted by Nolan and Brock) called Tales from William F. Nolan’s Dark Universe.

An artist, worked at Hallmark Cards, Inc. and in comic books before becoming an author. In the 1950s, Nolan was an integral part of the writing ensemble known as “The Group,” (documented in the JaSunni Productions films Charles Beaumont: The Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man, and The AckerMonster Chronicles!, both of which feature extensive interviews with Nolan). The Group (also called “The Southern California Writing School” by former Los Angeles Times critic Robert Kirsch) included numerous veteran and soon-to-be well-known genre writers, such as Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, John Tomerlin, Matheson, and Johnson, many of whom wrote for Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Nolan is also considered a leading expert on Dashiell Hammett and pulps such as Black Mask and Western Story, and is the world authority on the works of prolific scribe Max Brand.

Of his numerous awards, there are a few of which he is most proud: being voted a Living Legend in Dark Fantasy by the International Horror Guild in 2002; twice winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America; being awarded the honorary title of Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. in 2006; receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association in 2010; and as recipient of the 2013 World Fantasy Convention Award along with Brian W. Aldiss. Nolan won another Bram Stoker Award—for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction—in May 2014 for his book about Bradbury, Nolan on Bradbury.

A vegetarian, Nolan resides in Vancouver, WA. Visit him on Facebook and Twitter (@WilliamFNolan), as well as his official website: http://www.WilliamFNolan.com.

6 Responses to About

  1. Lou Columbus says:

    Greetings Mr. Nolan! Sorry to report I’m just now discovering your work. Interestingly, I came across a copy of your book in a scene from the film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and decided to look it up on Amazon. Looking forward to catching up on my reading and just wanted to say hello and best wishes!

  2. Andrew J. Rausch says:

    Hello. I am the author of 26 books and am currently working on a book about KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER. I would like very much to interview you by telephone about your work with Richard Matheson on the unfilmed screenplay THE NIGHT KILLERS. Would this be possible? It would truly be an honor to speak with you.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Warmest regards,

  3. Otto Penzler says:

    Dear Mr. Nolan,
    I am editing a collection of Jack the Ripper stories and would like to include your story, “The Final Stone.” Would you be good enough to send me your e-mail address so that I can send more details and a permissions agreement?
    Thank you and best wishes, Otto

  4. David Steenhoek says:

    Mr. Nolan,

    How are you? I’m curious about your book about Barney Oldfield. Is it currently optioned? Who could I talk to about an option? I’m a writer/producer who might use it as source material for a mini about Barney Oldfield and Alexander Winton. Thanks. Dave

  5. Bill, I’m putting together some essays I wrote about Steve McQueen over the years, combining them into a bigger piece. I was reminded of your book about McQueen. When I pulled it down from a shelf, I found a nice note that you sent me about it. The note made me smile. I hope you’re doing well and look forward to seeing you at another conference one of these days.

    David Morrell

  6. JarrodAndKelsey says:

    Hello, Mr. Nolan!

    My friend and I were discussing bread, and we realized that if there was a great way to die, it would be by consuming so much bread that you just stopped working and died. We think that this would be a wonderful change to Logan’s Run and we wondering if you could retcon it in somewhere,

    Most definitely humans,

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