A musician and writer, Keith was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1949. He first discovered H.P. Lovecraft via a Ray Bradbury story, "Pillar of Fire," in the early 1960s. Intrigued by an author Bradbury chose to compare to Poe, Keith sought out Lovecraft at the local library and read all three of the Arkham House collections front to back. Lovecraft became his favorite author of horror.
Almost thirty when his family and friends discovered Dungeons & Dragons and a new "hobby" called role playing, he immediately snatched up a copy of Call of Cthulhu when it first showed up on the shelves of his local game store. One trip through the original "The Haunting" scenario and he was hooked.
He made his first submission to Chaosium in 1983. Over the following years he published nearly fifty scenarios with Chaosium, including the full-length books The Fungi from Yuggoth, Trail of Tsathoggua, Spawn of Azathoth, Arkham Unveiled, and Return to Dunwich, along with sourcebooks like the original Investigators’ Companions and Keeper’s Compendium. Serving as editor of the line from late 1989 through 1993, he edited and contributed to numerous books, developed the Lovecraft Country series, and launched the initial line of Cycle fiction.
Fired by Chaosium in 1994 and unable to produce any more CoC material, he free lanced for White Wolf’s World of Darkness producing, among other things, two novels based on WW’s Vampire game. He later toiled in the cyber mines as an editor for Cinescape magazine.
Currently residing in Florida, he’s returned to his roots and can be found playing blues in various dives and juke joints across the state.
Recently granted a license from Chaosium, he has opened Miskatonic River Press, and is once again producing Call of Cthulhu supplements for the game, with help from Tom Lynch, Kevin Ross, and Gary Sumpter.
Also known as Herbert Hike.