The American author, T.E.D. Klein, was born Theodore Donald Klein on this date in New York City, and added “E” to his initials in order to spell his nickname. He has won both the British Fantasy Award and the World Fantasy Award. He was the founding editor of the Twilight Zone magazine.
While his output is small–the novel, The Ceremonies , and a number of short stories–he has been disproportionately influential, and reading is always the start of his writing process.
Personally, I can’t write at all unless I read a little bit first to, I guess, to prime the pump, as some people say. So I very much depend on other books. Also, the horror genre, I think, is a very tradition conscious genre. There aren’t that many famous books in the field, and I think most readers have read them all. I think there’s a sense of what has gone before. It’s hard to imagine somebody really writing well who has never read his predecessors.
He has two collections of his stories published: Dark Gods  and his most recent book, Reassuring Tales .