(1948- ) US writer, best-known for his horror and sf, for which he has been widely praised. Song of Kali (1985), arguably Horror, won a World Fantasy Award. Carrion Comfort (1983 Omni; exp 1989), a Vampire novel, won a British Fantasy Award, a Bram Stoker Award and a Locus Award. Hyperion (1989), which is sf, gained him a Hugo Award, and its sequel The Fall of Hyperion (1990) received a British Science Fiction Association Award. His first story was "The River Styx Runs Upstream" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine in 1982. Some of the stories he published over the next half dozen years – collected in Prayers to Broken Stones (coll 1990) – are fantasy.
Much of DS's fiction Crosshatches various genres, so that the horror novel Children of the Night (1992) offers an sf rationale, and the sf novel The Hollow Man (1992) has horror elements, including an invocation of Dante's inferno. The novellas in Lovedeath: Five Tales of Love and Death (coll 1993) employ supernatural elements to dramatize variously horrific equations of Eros and Thanatos, placing them firmly in the company of DS's previous horror novels. Fires of Eden (1994) is dark fantasy/horror. Endymion (1996) is a more enigmatic work, and more difficult to classify than anything DS has done before. [GF/JG]
other works: Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams; Phases of Gravity (1989), a Time-Travel tale; Banished Dreams (1990 chap); Entropy's Bed at Midnight (1990 chap); Going After the Rubber Chicken (coll 1991 chap), speeches; Summer of Night (1991 UK), Dark Fantasy; Summer Sketches (coll 1992).