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Rice, Jeff

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Working name of US author Jeffrey Grant Rice (1944-2015), best known for his novel The Night Stalker (written 1970; 1973), which before publication was adapted by Richard Matheson as the made-for-television film The Night Stalker (1972). The protagonist of both book and film is newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak, whose investigation of a serial killer leads to a Vampire culprit. The next, very similarly plotted episode of The Kolchak Papers, The Night Strangler (1974), is a Tie based on Matheson's screenplay for the follow-up Kolchak film The Night Strangler (1973; vt The Time Killer); here the killer proves to be a Mad Scientist for whom bodily fluids stolen from victims are the key to an elixir of Immortality. This second film was the pilot for the popular Television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975), a significant precursor of The X-Files (1993-2002). The latter series' success gave rise to a 1990s revival of interest in Kolchak, leading in turn to Sequels by Other Hands including Anthologies of new Kolchak stories and Comics spinoffs. There was a remake of the television series in 2005 (again see Kolchak: The Night Stalker). [DRL]

Jeffrey Grant Rice

born Providence, Rhode Island: 1944

died Las Vegas, Nevada: 1 July 2015

works (selected)


The Kolchak Papers


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