An American horror novelist, he is known for The Wolf's Hour, Stinger, and Swan Song. He also penned the Matthew Corbett series.
He received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Alabama.
Three of his novels appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list.
With his wife, Sally Sanders, he had one daughter.
He and fellow author, Dean Koontz, both made a point of prohibiting the re-publication of their early works.