More About the Author
Gary C. King is a freelance author and lecturer. He is regarded by readers and critics alike as one of the world’s foremost true crime writers and serial killers experts, a reputation he has earned over the last 33 years with the publication of more than 500 articles in true crime magazines in the United States, Canada, and England. King took over Ann Rule’s job as Pacific Northwest stringer for True Detective, Official Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Master Detective magazines, in the early 1980s and wrote hundreds of nonfiction articles under various names until those magazines ceased publication in the mid-1990s. More recently he has found alternate venues for his stories, including providing online content for crime-related websites. He is also the author of several true crime books: Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, Driven to Kill, Web of Deceit, Blind Rage, Savage Vengeance, An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, Angels of Death, Stolen in the Night, Love, Lies, and Murder, An Almost Perfect Murder, Butcher, Rage, The Murder of Meredith Kercher, Crime Scene: True Stories of Crime and Detection, Dead of Night, and Murder Most Foul: True Crime Stories of Murder and Mayhem.
Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, details the bizarre case of Dayton Leroy Rogers, Oregon’s worst serial killer to date. Blood Lust, published in December 1992 under NAL/Dutton’s Onyx imprint as an original paperback, became an overnight bestseller. A German language edition of Blood Lust was published later, in 1995, and titled Im Schatten, translated as “In the Shade.” Doubleday’s True Crime Book Club chose Blood Lust and Driven to Kill as featured selections.
Driven to Kill, the story of serial killer Westley Allan Dodd’s killing spree, published in April 1993 by Pinnacle Books and nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best True Crime Book category at Bouchercon 25, is King’s second bestselling book. It is currently available as an eBook with photos.
King has also written articles on several celebrated true crime cases that include: “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz; the Hillside Stranglers, serial killers who terrorized Los Angeles; Jim Jones and the Guyana Massacre; D.B. Cooper; Gary Gilmore; John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman; and Seattle’s bizarre Chinatown Massacre of the 1980s. He has also contributed to several true crime compilation books with various publishers.
King’s television appearances have included Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Court TV, MSNBC’s Headliners and Legends, E!, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Extra TV, and several other programs. Biography interviewed King about serial killer Robert “Willie” Pickton, the subject of Butcher, for an episode in 2009. King also appeared on an episode of Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice called “Strange Bedfellows,” about the murder of Nevada State Controller Kathy Augustine and the subject of King’s book, An Almost Perfect Murder. King also provides radio interviews.
A FEW OF KING’S FAVORITE AUTHORS:
•Edgar Allan Poe
•Arthur Conan Doyle
A FEW OF KING’S FAVORITE BOOKS:
•The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
•An Expensive Place to Die, by Len Deighton
•The Salzburg Connection, by Helen MacInnes
•The Kremlin Letter, by Noel Behn
•Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
•Atlantis Found, by Clive Cussler
•The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
•The Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth
•Lightning, by Ed McBain
•Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
•Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
•The Sun Also Rise, by Ernest Hemingway
•Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith
•Portnoy’s Complaint, by Philip Roth
•Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
•Ideas and Opinions, by Albert Einstein
KING’S FAVORITE TRUE CRIME BOOKS:
•In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
•Two of a Kind, by Darcy O’Brien
•Son, by Jack Olsen
•Helter Skelter, by Vincent Bugliosi
•Love’s Blood, by Clark Howard
•Lust Killer, by Ann Rule
King also likes to read almost anything historical, and is particularly fond of books about the Knights Templar, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, American history in general, and the Spanish Inquisition. He also enjoys Henry David Thoreau and Shakespeare, among many others. Of course, serial killers are among his favorite subjects.