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Lauria, Frank

Entry updated 26 December 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1935-2022) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with Doctor Orient (1970), opening the Dr Owen Orient sequence of occult thrillers in urban-fantasy vein, in which the eponymous investigator – gifted with Psi Powers – tangles with such expected menaces as Vampires, voodoo, Werewolves and Zombies, these threats often taking dangerously alluring female form (see Sex). [For Occult Detectives and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below.]

Of direct sf interest are the film Ties Dark City (1998), novelizing Dark City (1998) directed by Alex Proyas, and Pitch Black (2000), a novelization of Pitch Black directed by David Twohy. The latter, being based on an early draft of the film script, features aspects of character that were reworked during film production. [DRL]

Frank Jonathan Lauria

born New York: 26 January 1935

died December 2022

works (selected)


Dr Owen Orient

  • Doctor Orient (New York: Bantam Books, 1970) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/Michael Hooks]
  • Raga Six (New York: Bantam Books, 1972) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/Gene Szafran]
  • Lady Sativa (New York: Curtis Books, 1973) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/]
  • Baron Orgaz (New York: Bantam Books, 1974) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/Gene Szafran]
  • The Priestess (New York: Bantam Books, 1978) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/]
  • The Seth Papers (New York: Ballantine Books, 1979) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/Joseph Lombardero]
  • Blue Limbo (New York: Ballantine Books, 1991) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/Alan Chang]
  • Demon Pope (Los Angeles, California: Rothco Press, 2014) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/]

individual titles

  • The Foundling (New York: Pocket Books, 1984) [pb/]
  • Dark City (New York: St Martin's Paperbacks, 1998) [tie to the film: Dark City (1998): pb/photographic]
  • End of Days (New York: St Martin's Paperbacks, 1999) [tie to the film: End of Days (1999): pb/]
  • Melody Dawn (Los Angeles, California: Rothco Press, 2015) [Dr Owen Orient: pb/]
  • Pitch Black (New York: St Martin's Paperbacks, 2000) [tie to the film: Pitch Black (2000): pb/]


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