Gary C. King
Agent: PMA Literary & Film Management
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Home page: www.garycking.com
Gary C. King, a freelance author and lecturer, is regarded by readers and critics alike as one of the world's foremost crime writers, a reputation he has earned over the last 25 years with the publication of more than 400 articles in true crime magazines in the United States, Canada, and England. Thankfully, King is NOT the author responsible for the true crime genre as it lives today--a genre filled with books claiming to be non-fiction but that are, sadly, embellished with fabrications, romance, author self-aggrandizement and the like--and would hang his head in shame if he were! Instead, King's true crime books and articles are hard-hitting and factual, key elements of a style that readers tend to appreciate. His stories regularly appeared in True Detective, Official Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Master Detective magazines. He is also the author of several true crime books including: Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, Driven to Kill, Web of Deceit, Blind Rage, Savage Vengeance, An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, and Angels of Death.
Driven to Kill, the story of serial child killer Westley Allan Dodd's killing spree, was published in April 1993 by Pinnacle Books and was nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best True Crime Book category at Bouchercon 25.
Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, details the bizarre case of Dayton Leroy Rogers, Oregon's worst serial killer to date. Blood Lust was published in December 1992 under NAL/Dutton's Onyx imprint as an original paperback and is now in its twelfth U.S. printing. A German language edition of Blood Lust was published later, in 1995. Both Blood Lust and Driven to Kill were chosen as featured selections of Doubleday's now defunct True Crime Book Club. Blood Lust is King's best selling book to date.
King has also written articles on several celebrated cases: "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz; the Hillside Stranglers; Jim Jones and the Guyana Massacre; D.B. Cooper; Gary Gilmore; John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman; and Seattle's bizarre Chinatown Massacre in the 1980s. He has also contributed to several true crime compilations books with various publishers.
Some of King's other books include: Blind Rage, about suspected serial murderer Darren Dee O'Neall, was published by Dutton-Signet under their Onyx imprint in August 1995, and was reprinted in 2001 by the Mystery Writers of America/iUniverse. Savage Vengeance, co-written with Don Lasseter, an author who, incidentally, knows the true crime genre as well as anyone, was published in 1996. In recent years, King published An Early Grave, a book about the mysterious death of Las Vegas casino scion Ted Binion; The Texas 7: A True Story of Murder and a Daring Escape; Murder in Hollywood, about the murder of Bonny Lee Bakley, actor Robert Blake's wife; and Angels of Death, a story detailing the murder of Terry King in Florida, purportedly committed by King's 12- and 13-year-old sons, Derek and Alex King; all with St. Martin's Press. King is currently at work on a book about the Joseph Edward Duncan III case out of Idaho. That book, as yet untitled, will also be published by St. Martin's Press.
King was born in the midwest, but grew up, graduated high school, went to college and spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He worked at various jobs before becoming a writer, including that of janitor and bartender while going to college, and later in various federal government and private sector administrative and management positions. He has also worked as a technical writer.
King conducts his own interviews and research for his books, and believes that a credible author would not do otherwise. He is a staff of one.
King is an active member of the Authors Guild, and spends his free time travelling with his family.
Interests: Reading, writing, music, travel, photography
Published writer: Yes