Rocky Wood 1959-2014

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Witch Hunts creator Rocky Wood.

Rocky passed away on December 1 in Melbourne, Australia due to complications from ALS, or Motor Neurone Disease, which he had been battling for four years.

The Horror Writers Association, of which Rocky was president, made the announcement yesterday.


Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton and Greg Chapman

Rocky had only been diagnosed with ALS when the Witch Hunts project was first envisaged in 2010. It was his second graphic novel and it ultimately went on to win the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel in 2012.

Witch Hunts co-collaborators Lisa Morton and Greg Chapman are deeply saddened by Rocky’s loss, but are proud to have played a role in bringing arguably his most important non-fiction work to life. Rocky was also regarded as a leading expert on horror author Stephen King and published many books on the author’s work. We encourage you to visit Rocky’s website to learn more.

Rocky’s legacy and dedication to horror will live on through works like Witch Hunts and Rocky and Lisa were glad to have known him and worked with him so closely.

We encourage you also to make a donation to the ALSA or MND Australia for research into this terrible disease, which claims so many lives each year.

Rest in Peace Rocky.