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Posted on: April 30th, 2024

Ray Garton, best known for his eighty’s horror movie novelisations, has died aged 61 after a short illness.

Garton, a veteran of over 50 books, began his career at age 21 with his first novel Seductions, swiftly followed by Darklings in 1985.

Of his influences, Garton acknowledged that he had an interest in horror, but that’s not primarily why he decided to start writing. Writing was Garton’s response to growing up in what he described as a “Christian cult,” and the resultant abuse he suffered. According to Garton, his early books were “just what came out of me,” due to his experiences.

Over the next few years, Garton was selected to pen the novelisations of several high-profile horror releases. Among the titles he adapted were Invaders from Mars, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, alongside its sequel, and 1989’s Warlock.

Arguably, Garton’s most commercial book would come in 1992. In a Dark Place was a novel-like account of the supposedly true haunting experienced by the Snedeker family. Ray Garton was commissioned by famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to compile an account for publication.

However, Garton has been vocal in the years since that the family’s accounts were “a mess,” and has quoted Ed Warren as telling him to “make it up.” For the rest of his life, Garton would be a strong advocate against The Warren’s, alleging fraud and moral irresponsibility. The events chronicled in In a Dark Place would later be adapted into The Haunting in Connecticut in 2009. For the film, Garton was not credited or compensated, but valiantly continued to voice is displeasure through the media.

The author would continue working until 2023, even publishing a series of young adult novels under the name Joseph Locke.

According to a GoFundMe set up for medical expenses, Garton became suddenly unwell in late March. Upon investigation, it was found the author had advanced lung cancer. Ray would succumb to the condition on April 21st 2024. He is survived by his wife Dawn; they had no children.

Rest easy, Ray.

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