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George Raymond Richard Martin (Born September 20, 1948), also known as GRRM, is an American
novelist and short story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television
producer. He is best known for his series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into
the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2019).

George R.R Martin is the much celebrated writer of the famous A Song of Ice and Fire series. He was born on
September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey and grew up to be world renowned Science Fiction and Fantasy
writer. George being the only son of Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman and Margaret Brady Martin has
two sisters Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten. Martin obtained his early education from Jane
Donohoe School and Marist High School moving on to B.S (1970) and M.S (1971) degrees in Journalism
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
George R.R Martin has been awarded with a number of prestigious awards for his exceptional talents. He is a 6
times winner of the Locus Award, 3 times winner of the Hugo Award and a 2 times winner of the Nebula

Joanne Rowling (born July 31, 1965), who goes by the pen name J.K. Rowling, is a British author and
screenwriter best known for her seven-book Harry Potter children's book series.

J.K. Rowling was living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and struggling to get by as a single mom before her first book,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was published. The children's fantasy novel became an international hit
and Rowling became an international literary sensation in 1999 when the first three installments of Harry Potter
took over the top three slots of The New York Times best-seller list after achieving similar success in her native
United Kingdom.
The series has sold more than 450 million copies and was adapted into a blockbuster film franchise.
Rowling published the novel The Casual Vacancy in 2012, followed by the crime novel Cuckoo Calling under
the pen name Robert Galbraith in 2013. In 2016, she released a play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and a
movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
According to The Sunday Times 2017 Rich List, J.K. Rowling’s net worth is £650 million (about $850 million)
— making her wealthier than even Queen Elizabeth II.

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 to October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, critic and editor
best known for evocative short stories and poems that captured the imagination and interest of readers around
the world. His imaginative storytelling and tales of mystery and horror gave birth to the modern detective story.
Many of Poe’s works, including “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” became literary
classics. Some aspects of Poe’s life, like his literature, is shrouded in mystery, and the lines between fact and
fiction have been blurred substantially since his death.
In late 1830s, Poe published Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, a collection of short stories. It contained
several of his most spine-tingling tales, including "The Fall of the House of Usher," "Ligeia" and "William
In 1841, Poe launched the new genre of detective fiction with "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." His literary
innovations earned him the nickname "Father of the Detective Story." A writer on the rise, he won a literary
prize in 1843 for "The Gold Bug," a suspenseful tale of secret codes and hunting treasure.
Poe never really knew his parents — Elizabeth Arnold Poe, a British actress, and David Poe, Jr., an actor who
was born in Baltimore. His father left the family early in Poe's life, and his mother passed away from
tuberculosis when he was only three.

Separated from his brother William and sister Rosalie, Poe went to live with John and Frances Valentine Allan,
a successful tobacco merchant and his wife, in Richmond, Virginia. Edgar and Frances seemed to form a bond,
but he had a more difficult relationship with John Allan. By the age of 13, Poe was a prolific poet, but his
literary talents were discouraged by his headmaster and John Allan, who preferred that Poe follow him in the
family business. Preferring poetry over profits, Poe reportedly wrote poems on the back of some of Allan's
business papers.

Money was also an issue between Poe and John Allan. Poe went to the University of Virginia in 1826, where he
excelled in his classes. However he didn't receive enough funds from Allan to cover all of his costs. Poe turned
to gambling to cover the difference, but ended up in debt. He returned home only to face another personal
setback — his neighbor and fiancée Sarah Elmira Royster had become engaged to someone else. Heartbroken
and frustrated, Poe moved to Boston.
'The Black Cat'
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat” was published in 1843 in The Saturday Evening Post. In it, the
narrator, a one-time animal lover, becomes an alcoholic who begins abusing his wife and black cat. By the
macabre story’s end, the narrator observes his own descent into madness as he kills his wife, a crime his black
cat reports to the police. The story was later included in the 1845 short story collection, Tales by Edgar Allan

William Paul Young is a Canadian author, best known for THE SHACK, a novel
Young was the eldest of four, born May 11th, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, but the majority of his
first decade was lived with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua),
among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. These became his family and as the first white child
and outsider who ever spoke their language, he was granted unusual access into their culture and community.
By the time he was 6 he was flown away to boarding school.
In an interview Young said he had written primarily as a way to create unique gifts for his friends, until his wife
repeatedly urged him to write something for their six children in order to put down in one place his perspectives
on God and on the inner healing Young had experienced as an adult. The resulting manuscript, that later became
The Shack, was intended only for his six kids and for a handful of close friends.[1]

Young initially printed just 15 copies of his book. Two of his close friends encouraged him to have it published,
and assisted with some editing and rewriting in order to prepare the manuscript for publication. After rejection
by 26 publishers, Young and his friends published the book under the name of their newly created publishing
company, Windblown Media, in 2007. The company spent only C$200 in advertising;[2] word-of-mouth
referrals eventually drove the book to number one on the New York Times trade paperback fiction best-seller
list in June 2008. "The Shack" was the top-selling fiction and audio book of 2008 in America through
November 30.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930)
On May 22, 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1890 his novel, A Study in Scarlet,
introduced the character of Detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle would go on to write 60 stories about Sherlock
Holmes. He also strove to spread his Spiritualism faith through a series of books that were written from 1918 to
1926. Doyle died of a heart attack in Crowborough, England on July 7, 1930.
was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a
physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and more than fifty short stories
about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of
crime fiction.
Author Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 60 mystery stories featuring the wildly popular detective character Sherlock
Holmes and his loyal assistant Watson.