Stephen Gilbert (1912-2010)

Irish SF and horror writer Stephen Gilbert, 97, died June 23, 2010 in Whiteabbey, Northern Ireland. Gilbert is best known for Ratman’s Notebooks (1968), the inspiration for 1971 horror film Willard. He also wrote fantasy novel Landslide (1943), SF novel Monkeyface, and The Burnaby Experiments: An Account of the Life and Work of John Burnaby and Marcus Brownlow (1952), about “psychic translocation.”

Born July 22, 1912 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Gilbert served in WWII; his experiences inspired war novel Bombardier (1944). He also worked as a journalist and was a successful businessman.

See the August issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

The SF Encyclopedia has further details.