Horror novelist and screenplay writer, notably of The Howling and The Hunger which both describe mysterious, monstrous races living alongside humanity.

Also author of the autobiographical Communion (1987), which made him one of the most prominent and influential figures in alien contact and abduction phenomena.

Author of post-Communion sequels Transformations (1988), and The Secret School (1997), and the fictional-or-is-it Roswell Incident novel Majestic (1989)