Gene DeWeese, a prolific and popular writer who covered many genres but was best known for his science fiction, has died at the age of 78. He died at home after suffering from Lewy body dementia, a type of dementia closely allied to Alzheimer’s.
Also known as Jean DeWeese, Thomas Stratton and Victoria Thomas, he was born Thomas Eugene DeWeese and had his first work published in science fiction fanzines. In the 1960s he had a couple of TV tie-in novels published in the Man from UNCLE range, and he subsequently wrote novels based on popular shows such as Star Trek and Dinotopia.
His 1983 novel The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf was made into a 1985 TV movie of the same name, and remains probably his best known work. He is survived by his wife Bev, who he married in 1955. Click here for a 2003 interview with Gene DeWeese.