John Steakley, 59, died November 27, 2010 at home in McKinney TX after a long illness. Steakley was born July 26, 1951 in Cleburne TX, and began publishing SF with “The Bluenose Limit” in Amazing (1981). He is best known for military SF novel Armor (1984). He also wrote horror novel Vampire$ (1990) — made into the film Vampires in 1998 — and contributed stories to the shared world Horseclans anthology series. He was a screenwriter and actor as well.
For more details, see his entry at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
The January 2011 issue of Locus will have a complete obituary.