Author Karl Alexander, 1938-2015


Author and screenwriter Karl Alexander

by Susan L. Fox

We are sorry to report the passing of author Karl Alexander, known for his time travel novel Time After Time, which formed the basis for the delightful 1979 feature film of the same name.  His other books include Jaclyn The Ripper, The Curse of the Vampire and most recently, Time-Crossed Lovers, which was selected as an Award Winning Finalist in the ‘Fiction: Science Fiction’ category of the 2013 International Book Awards.

Alexander was raised in a family of screenwriters. His father was William Tunberg, who wrote the script for the Disney classic Old Yeller. His uncle was Karl Tunberg, who wrote Ben Hur. He worked variously as a machinist, a commercial fisherman, a semipro baseball player, a bartender, an actor, a literary agent, a film technician and a lighting director. Having written and optioned ten screenplays and published five novels, he managed to get two of the films produced.

Time After Time was so popular it was even made into a musical, which premiered at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in March of 2010.  A sequel to Time After Time called Jaclyn the Ripper was published by Forge Books in November, 2009, and was launched at The Tattered Cover in Denver. A new, rewritten edition of Time After Time came out in February, 2010.

He has a story in the upcoming anthology Midian Unmade edited by Joe Nassise and Del Howison and based on the world created by Clive Barker.

His death was reported to Howison by his wife; no further details were available at press time.

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  1. Kateri Alexander

    Hi, Karl’s correct birthdate is 1938. He died from lung cancer to his exposure to agent orange when he served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. Happy to provide any other info. Kateri Alexander

  2. Huntington Sharp

    I’m sorry to learn just now about Mr. Alexander’s passing. I had some contact with him when he had a profile on the old Red Room authors’ website. He was an energetic author and supporter of other authors. It was a thrill to work with him for a time, especially since I’ve loved the “Time After Time” movie from the first time I saw it in the theater. I hope he knew about the new T.V. show adaptation.

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