Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean the spooky and scary has to end, right? One of this month’s displays is called “From Beyond the Grave” and includes books from authors that have died but still got books published. An example of this would be Stieg Larsson, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, book one of the Millennium trilogy. He died in 2004, but the first book wasn’t published until 2005. In his case, all three books had already been submitted to his publisher when he died (“Death and Money, 2012”).
Another way authors can get books published posthumously is through an editor, another writer, or a family member finishing a book for them. An editor finished David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, a book available on campus. The Bourne series by Robert Ludlum was continued by another author, Eric Van Lustbader. As for a family member, J.R.R. Tolkien‘s son, Christopher, finished The Silmarillion for his father.
What if none of those is how an author got a book published posthumously? They must have just come back from the dead to finish writing it then…
Check out other books as shown in the display by authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Carl Sagan (Billions and Billions), and Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series, along with some biographies of the authors behind these books.
Here are other sites that mention books published posthumously with some famous and not-so-famous examples mixed in.