RIP: William Sleator

Oh, this is so sad! He was so young! He's one of my favourite kid's horror/sci-fi authors. I remember really enjoying The Boxes, The Beasties and Interstellar Pig, to name a few.

William Sleator, the author of more than 30 books for young people, died on Tuesday in Thailand. He was 66. Born in Maryland and raised just outside of St. Louis, Mo., he was known for his thought-provoking, often disturbing science fiction novels. His first book, The Angry Moon, illustrated by his friend Blair Lent, received a 1971 Caldecott Honor, but Sleator found even greater acclaim with his novel House of Stairs (1974), named one of the 100 Best Books for Teens by the American Library Association. He went on to publish many acclaimed novels, including Interstellar Pig (1984) and Singularity (1985), and in 1993, Oddballs, a collection of autobiographical stories about growing up outside St. Louis in a family of brilliant eccentrics. Sleator explored his fascination with Thai culture, and its embrace of the beautiful and the grotesque, in The Spirit House. His final book, The Phantom Limb, will be published in October by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams.


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