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Occupation  Writer
Movies  Vampires
Role  Author
Name  John Steakley
Nationality  USA

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Born  July 26, 1951 Cleburne, Texas (1951-07-26)
Genre  Science fiction, Horror
Died  November 27, 2010, McKinney, Texas, United States
Books  Armor, Vampire$, Vampires

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John William Steakley, Jr. (July 26, 1951 – November 27, 2010) was an American author, best known for his science fiction writing. He published two major novels, Armor (1984) and Vampire$ (1990); the latter was the basis for John Carpenter's Vampires movie. He published four short science fiction and fantasy stories.


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Personal life

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Steakley was born in Cleburne, Texas. Aside from brief spells in South America and Hollywood, Steakley lived most of his life in Texas. Steakley's father owned a Chevrolet dealership in Dallas from 1962 until he sold it in 1999. Steakley attended St. Mark's School and graduated from Colorado Academy, a boarding school in Denver. He then went on to study at Westminster College in Missouri, and at Southern Methodist University, where he received his BA in English.

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In 1988, Steakley married photographer Lori Jones; they held their wedding reception in the showroom of a local Subaru dealership. He was an avid golfer and in the mid-1990s carried a single-digit handicap. He died after a five-year battle with liver disease.


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Steakley's sister told the press that he went to Hollywood at the invitation of screenwriter L.M. "Kit" Carson. He sold a film treatment, and played a bit part ("Local 1") in at least one film, Don't Open the Door!, but "he stayed out there a few years and just hated it." Following through on his childhood fantasy of becoming a science fiction writer, Steely returned to Texas, and wrote. He published his first professional short story, "The Bluenose Limit", in the March 1981 issue of Amazing Stories; and another, "Flyer", in the September 1982 issue. He published two major novels, Armor (1984) and Vampire$ (1990). According to his website, he worked on the incomplete Armor II for years.

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Steakley wrote the screenplay for the 1997 film, Scary Texas Movie; he also played a nameless bit part in that film. Steakley also played a nameless bit part in the 2000 film Playing Dead.

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In 1998, John Carpenter directed a screen adaptation of Vampire$ (retitled Vampires), which starred James Woods as the leader of a Catholic Church-sanctioned team of vampire hunters.

Selected works

  • Armor (December 1984, DAW Books, ISBN 978-0-88677-368-7)
  • Vampire$ (November 1990, Roc Books, ISBN 978-0-451-45033-3)
  • References

    John Steakley Wikipedia