Newswire: R.I.P. Lois Duncan, author of I Know What You Did Last Summer
NPR is reporting that author Lois Duncan, who earned international acclaim for her novels and picture books aimed at young adults and children, has died. Duncan was 82.
An author since the age of 14, Duncan broke into the literary world as a magazine writer, before penning her first novel, Love Song For Joyce, in 1958. As her career progressed, Duncan became known for her suspense stories, often centering on young female protagonists. Her most famous work in the horror vein, I Know What You Did Last Summer, was adapted into a film franchise in 1997, although Duncan was reportedly less than ecstatic with the movie’s campy, blood-drenched tone.
In between books like Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin (adapted into a TV movie by NBC), Duncan also published plenty of lighter fare, like The Terrible Tales Of Happy Days School, and Hotel For Dogs. (She appeared as an extra …