fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsI stumbled across an article on the web the other day that discussed the controversy of L.J. Smith being booted from her own series, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. The series will continue to be written under the name L.J. Smith, but by another author. I found this tidbit to be shocking, and it got me thinking: What other SFF works have been ghost-written? What famous SFF authors were also ghost writers? Here are three examples:

1. The Madman Theory by Ellery Queen
Ghosted by Jack Vance

2. The Curse of Yig by Zealia Bishop
Ghosted by H.P. Lovecraft *Lovecraft also ghosted for Harry Houdini on a few occasions

3. TekWar by William Shatner
Ghosted by Ron Goulart

Do you know of other ghost-written SFF works? I would also like to hear your thoughts on the L.J Smith controversy. We will choose one commenter to receive a free book from the many choices in our stacks.


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    JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.

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