Author Lawrence Santoro died on July 25 following a bout with cancer. Santoro was the producers of the podcast Tales to Terrify and the author of numerous short stories, many of which were collected into Drink for the Thirst to Come in 2011. Santoro was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award twice.
Actor Dave Legeno (b.1963) was found dead in a remote part of Death Valley on July 6. Legeno is best known for his portrayal of Fenris Greyback in the Harry Potter films. He has also appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman, Batman Begins, Dead Cert and many other films. Officials blame his death on heat-related issues and note that there are no signs of foul play.
Author C. J. Henderson (b.1951) died on July 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Henderson was the author of Brooklyn Knight and Central Park Knight as well as comics for Marvel, Eternity, Tekno Comix, and Valiant.
Fan William C. Martin (b.1924) died on June 22. Martin was a member of First Fandom, joining fandom around 1934, and maintained a fantastic collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books and space toys. He was also a member of the Science Fiction Research Association.
Author Jory Sherman (b.1932) died on June 28. Although best known for writing Westerns, Sherman also wrote seven novels in the Chill series of horror novels, beginning in 1978 with Satan’s Seed and continuing through Shadows, published in 1980. During that time, he also published the horror novel The Reincarnation of Jenny James.
Author Frank M. Robinson (b.1926) died on June 30. Robinson wrote several novels with Tom Scortia, including The Glass Inferno, which was the basis for the film The Towering Inferno. They also wrote The Prometheus Crisis, The Nightmare Factor, and Blow-Out!. Robinson also wrote the solo novels The Dark Beyond the Stars, Waiting, and The Donor. In 1999, he published Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History and recently finished his autobiography. In addition to his genre work, Robinson was a speechwriter for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the 1970s and appeared in a cameo role in the film Milk.
Actor Meshach Taylor (b.1947) died on June 28. Taylor was best known for his role on Designing Women, but also had several genre credits to his name, including appearances on ALF, The Incredible Hulk, the films Ultra Warrior, The Howling, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, Mannequin and its sequel,
Author and composer Mary Rodgers (b.1931) died on June 26. Rodgers was the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers and was also a composer in her own right, having written the music for the Broadway show Once Upon a Mattress. In addition to her work on and off Broadway, Rodgers also wrote children’s books, including the novel Freaky Friday.
Michigan fan Kathleen Conat (b.c.1950) died on June 25. Conat was active in Michigan fandom, as were her sons, and she wrote numerous reviews over the years.
Actor Eli Wallach (b.1915) died on June 24. Wallach had a long and storied career, portraying Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, Tuco in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Don Altobello in The Godfather, Part III. He only had a few roles of genre interest, perhaps most notably Mr. Freeze in the 1960s Batman television series (he replaced Otto Preminger).