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Stanley Wiater is a widely published cineteratologist and observer of the dark side of popular culture. He has interviewed more major horror and dark suspense authors, filmmakers, and artists than any other contemporary journalist. Wiater has also co-authored acclaimed biographical studies of Stephen King, Brian Lumley, and Richard Matheson.
His first collection of interviews, Dark Dreamers: Conversations with the Masters of Horror, won the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. A companion volume, entitled Dark Visions: Conversations with the Masters of the Horror Film was a Bram Stoker Award final ballot nominee. Comic Book Rebels: Conversations with the Creators of the New Comics, co-authored with Stephen R. Bissette, was both an Eisner Award and Harvey Award nominee. He again won the Bram Stoker Award for both Dark Thoughts: On Writing and Dark Dreamers: Facing the Masters of Fear.
In 2000-2001, Wiater created and hosted a weekly television series Dark Dreamers. The series was broadcast nationally in Canada and Great Britain. It has since been released on DVD compiling 26 half-hour episodes.
His first published short story was the sole winner of a competition judged by Stephen King. Other stories have appeared in such award-winning series as J .N. Williamson’s Masques, Thomas F. Monteleone’s Borderlands, and Peter Crowther’s Narrow Houses. He has edited the original anthologies Night Visions 7 and After The Darkness. Several of his stories have been dramatized in the collection Intimate Strangers: Tales of Dark Suspense.