|BRIAN LUMLEY: A Brief Biography
Brian Lumley began writing relatively late in life, aged 29 in 1967 and while still serving
in the British Army with 13 years to go to complete a full military career of 22 years. He
produced his early work very much under the influence of the Weird Tales authors, H. P.
Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith, and his first stories and books were
published by the then “dean of macabre publishers,” August W. Derleth at the now
legendary Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin.
Leaving the Army in December 1980, Lumley began writing full time, and four years later
completed his breakthrough novel, Necroscope® featuring Harry Keogh, a psychically
endowed hero for the Great Majority, the teeming dead, with whom he is able to
communicate as easily as with the living.
Necroscope has now grown to 16 big volumes, published in 14 countries and many
millions of copies. In addition, Necroscope comic books, graphic novels, a role playing
game, quality figurines and in Germany a series of audio books have been created from
the much loved series. Moreover the original story has been optioned for movies five
years running, a project that is still very much alive and kicking.
Along with the Necroscope series, Lumley is also the author of more than fifty other
titles; he is the winner of a British Fantasy Award, of a Fear Magazine Award, of a
Lovecraft Film Festival Association “Howie”, of the World Horror Convention’s Grand
Master Award, The Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award ... and,
most recently he is the recipient of The World Fantasy Convention’s Lifetime
For seven years, Lumley’s American wife Barbara Ann (Silky) , ran KeoghCon, an annual
gathering of friends and readers dedicated to her husband’s work; alas that little con
ended when the The Shedden Hall Hotel in Torquay was sold back in 2007.
Although he is no longer writing novels ... he is still writing short stories and novellas.
And lastly, as far as conventions go, those days are pretty much over. It would take a
serious coaxing to get Brian to one now...
A 1967 graduate of Glen Burnie High School in Maryland, Barbara Ann received a
diploma in the Commercial Business Course. Before settling down in any one specific
field, she spent several working at The Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Bank in
Baltimore, then worked as a temp and as a result benefited from all kinds of diversified
training. This period included work at Eastern Petroleum in Glen Burnie, at the
Westinghouse Corporation in publishing in Linthicum, and five years at Exxon in the
Towson Accounting Center, doing work in the secretarial pool as well as doing statistical
typing. When the accounting center relocated she declined an offer of further work in
One half of her 26 year career before moving to the UK was spent in publishing. She
worked for Technical Typesetting in Arbutus for 15 years. This was typing text and
mathematical equations and doing pagination for journals for the likes of electronic and
electrical engineers, bioinorganic chemistry, combustion and flame, antennas and
propagation, etc. Most of the work was done for The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, Inc.) which is the world's leading professional association for the
advancement of technology.
Since moving to UK in 1993 and becoming Mrs. Lumley she has been self-employed …
she still works in publishing as a Literary Agent and in addition is the
Secretary/Business Manager to Brian. Her favorite pastime is reading … when time
|Barbara Ann (Silky) Lumley: A Brief Biography