Michael Newton, 69, well-known for his cryptozoology encyclopedia, has died.
Michael Newton, whose first e-book that he wrote alone was Monsters, Mysteries, and Man, has written a number of cryptozoology books.
Michael wrote his personal obituary:
MICHAEL NEWTON September 16, 1951-September 6, 2021.
C’est la vie, and adios y’all.
Michael was born in Bakersfield, California in September 1951. He cultivated goals of a writing profession from age seven, producing small “books” illustrated with pictures and unique drawings, given or bought for a pittance to classmates. On the sensible aspect, he earned a B.A. in Historical past and Political Science, with a instructing minor in English, pursuing sundry jobs in public schooling in California (1973-76) and later in Nevada (1979-86).
Practically accidentally, Michael superior his writing dream in 1976, penning a fan letter to the creator of his favourite motion/journey novels, the best-selling “Executioner” collection. He had forgotten that whimsical letter two months later, when collection creator Don Pendleton phoned from his residence in Indiana, inviting Michael to contribute a considerable chapter to his newest work, The Executioner’s Battle Guide. That entry grew to become Michael’s first skilled publication and earned him an invite—with colleague Stephen Mertz, creator of many books underneath sundry pen names—to work with Pendleton in Indiana. There ensued a priceless eight-month apprenticeship, throughout which Michael additionally cultivated a love for the verdant hills of Brown County. After that partnership dissolved in August 1977, Michael printed eleven books underneath his personal and varied pen names. In 1980 he obtained a startling letter from Harlequin Books, thanking him for his curiosity of their new Gold Eagle motion/journey imprint, poised to revive and vastly broaden the briefly moribund Executioner collection. Divining that Don Pendleton had positioned his identify “within the hat,” Michael auditioned for the group and gained a spot as one in all 4. By the point Don handed away in 1995, Michael had penned fifty collection episodes. He went on to publish a complete of 136.
Michael met his finest good friend and soul mate, Heather in 2000, they usually married at Fort Augustus, Scotland, on the shore of Loch Ness, in 2003.
Identified with an untreatable hereditary kidney illness in 1988, Michael lived usually till declining well being compelled him into residence dialysis in 2013. From there, he gained a brand new appreciation of two favourite singers: Mick Jagger (“What a drag it’s getting previous”) and Jim Morrison (“Nobody right here will get out alive”).
As of 2021 Mike had printed 357 books (a tribute to the .357 Magnum pistols, maybe?) which included 258 novels and 99 nonfiction books. He additionally printed 91 nonfiction articles, and 58 shorter items, together with chapters in a number of best-selling true-crime anthologies. In 2017 Michael obtained the Lifetime Achievement Peacemaker Award from Western Fictioneers, honoring his publication of 62 western novels.
If any type of consciousness stays, he mentioned he’d miss Heather, their cats, writing and studying.
Michael and Heather Newton in 2003, on their marriage ceremony day in Scotland.
“Michael Newton” is a standard identify, however based on IMDb there does seem like some listings for his appearances on actuality programing.
Michael was well-aware of the cryptozoology world, and stored in contact with me, privately and publicly.