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Rocky Wood

 

Rocky Wood lives in Melbourne and is the co-author of five books on the works of horrormaster Stephen King – The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (2003; 2004); Stephen King: Unpublished, Uncollected (Cemetery Dance, 2006); The Stephen King Collector's Guide (2007); Stephen King: The Non-Fiction (Cemetery Dance, 2009); and Stephen King: A Literary Companion (McFarland, 2011).

Stephen King kindly allowed unique pieces to be published in two of these volumes. Wood has also published in UK and US magazines on the King phenomenon.

He was nominated by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for a Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction for Stephen King: Unpublished, Uncollected and for Stephen King: The Non-Fiction. The latter was also nominated for a Dark Quill Award. He is President of the Horror Writers Association for a two year term from November 2010, having previously served as Chairman and as a Trustee.

His first notable fiction was the graphic novel, Horrors! Great Stories of Fear and their Creators (McFarland, 2010), illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne. It was nominated for both a Dark Quill Award and an Aurealis Award. He is currently working on his second graphic novel, Witches!, co-written by Lisa Morton and illustrated by Rockhampton based AHWA member, Greg Chapman.

Rocky has spoken at numerous conventions about King, including the SKEMER Con at the Hotel Stanley (inspiration for The Shining) in Estes Park, Colorado (2003); Continuum 3 (2005) and Continuum 4 (2006) in Melbourne; Conflux 3 in Canberra (2006); the 2nd Annual Stephen King Dollar Baby Festival in Bangor, Maine (2005); the 68th World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia (2010); the World Horrors Convention in Salt Lake City (2008) and Austin (2011); and the Bram stoker Award Weekends in Burbank (2009) and Long Island (2011).

He has undertaken six research trips to Maine, rediscovering many of the previously lost or unknown King pieces discussed in his later books. In 2009 he spoke to the Lisbon (Maine) Historical Society about local influences on King's fiction (King grew up in neighboring Durham; and attended High School in Lisbon).

He has published non-fiction worldwide for thirty years, including a national newspaper column on the UFO phenomenon; in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa; and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on King’s work.

His facebook page is at: http://www.facebook.com/rockywood#!/profile.php?id=654408532 and his HWA wiki appears at: http://www.horror.org/wiki/index.php?title=Rocky_Wood