T.E.D. Klein

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T. E. D. Klein (born 1947) is an American horror writer and editor. He was born and lives in New York City and attended Brown University. He was the editor of Twilight Zone magazine from its inception in 1981 until 1985.

Klein has published very few works, but all of them are written and constructed with meticulous care. He first attracted notice with the novella "The Events at Poroth Farm" (1972), in which a college lecturer, isolated in the countryside and reading horror literature for teaching in the next semester, gradually realises that genuine supernatural horror is taking place around him. The story is notable for the insidious way in which the narrator's responses to the works he is reading (including those of Charles Robert Maturin, Ann Radcliffe, Monk Lewis, Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Aleister Crowley and Shirley Jackson) are conflated with his impressions of the supernatural threat.

In 1984 Klein published the novel The Ceremonies, which uses the same basic plot as the novella to more expansive ends; the threat this time is not to one man or one community, but to the entire world. A literate, sophisticated and atmospheric work, The Ceremonies takes up and elaborates imaginatively upon some of the mysteries of Arthur Machen's story "The White People".

In 1985 Klein published the collection Dark Gods, which includes four novellas: "Children of the Kingdom", about a loathsome horde of creatures which emerge during an electricity blackout in New York; "Petey", about a madman's monstrous "pet" which brings a well-to-do, middle-class housewarming to an unpleasant conclusion; "Black Man with a Horn", a tale in the vein of Lovecraft which treats of an elderly horror writer (modelled on Frank Belknap Long) and his discoveries about the dreaded Tcho-Tcho people; and "Nadelman's God", about a man who finds that a poem he wrote as an adolescent has been used as an incantation to bring a monstrous deity to life.

Klein also wrote the screenplay for Dario Argento's 1993 film Trauma, which starred Asia Argento and Piper Laurie.

A critical essay on Klein's work can be found in S. T. Joshi's book The Modern Weird Tale (2001).

Bibliography: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/T_E_D_Klein.htm

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