(1928- ) US writer and editor, active in various genres from the early 1950s, publishing his first story of genre interest, "The Joy of Living", for If in 1954; he scripted it for tv in 1971. In the early years of his career he was best known for his sf (> SFE), including Logan's Run (1967) along with its sequels, the movie (1976), and the tv series (1977; pilot plus 13 episodes). More recently he has concentrated on Horror, with stories like those assembled in Things Beyond Midnight (coll 1984), novels like Helltrack (1990) and tv scripts including Trilogy of Terror II (1990). How to Write Horror Fiction (1991) is an informed, casual guide.
Some of WFN's stories written with Charles Beaumont are Dark Fantasy, as are some later solo tales. His long-standing interest in the work of Ray Bradbury produced The Ray Bradbury Companion (1975), which includes a bibliography, and The Bradbury Chronicles: Stories in Honor of Ray Bradbury (anth 1991) with Martin H Greenberg. The Work of Charles Beaumont (1986 chap; exp 1991 chap) is a bibliography. [JC]
William Francis Nolan