New York Times best-selling American author best known for his novels about contemporary African-American life who became notable for writing several crime novels involving grifters, ex-cons, and assassins, the latter novels having more diverse settings, moving from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom to the West Indies, each having an international cast of characters, Eric Jerome Dickey has passed away. He was reported to have died today January 5 2020. Circumstances surrounding his death is not yet known as at the time of filing this report but according to several family reports on social media, beloved New York Times Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey died due to cancer.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 7, 1961, Eric Jerome Dickey grew up on the south side of Memphis, living on Kansas Street.
He went to Riverview Elementary, Riverview Junior High, and Carver High. After graduating high school, he went to college at Memphis State University, where he earned a degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.
Rest in Peace to black novelist, Eric Jerome Dickey.
He undoubtedly helped revolutionize an era of black storytelling. He will be greatly missed.
Which of Mr. Dickey’s books were your favorites? pic.twitter.com/jeHsR2qXiW
— Promised Land Magazine. (@PromisedLandMag) January 5, 2021
😢This man books literally changed my life. He was the first author I’ve ever read, and I’ve been in love with reading ever since that. His writing also made me want to become a writer. I’m literally hurt by this news. RIP Eric Jerome Dickey. pic.twitter.com/VBL4NaufHc
— ☆KIRBY☆ (@KirbyShantay) January 5, 2021
— Nicole Jackson (@Young_Author07) January 5, 2021
Dickey wrote several comedy scripts for his personal comedy act, and later began writing short stories. In 1994, his first published short story “Thirteen” appeared in the IBWA’s River Crossing, Voices of the Diaspora–an Anthology of the International Black Experience.
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