Richie Tankersley Cusick was a staple of the YA boom of the late 80's/early 90's. A new book was constantly coming out from the author with eye-catching slasher titles that propelled several of her books to the bestseller lists. According to her author site, Cusick grew up in the South and was inspired by the Gothic environment to write horror. She worked for Hallmark until her first book was published, Evil on the Bayou, which was published in 1984 by Laurel Leaf, as book 21 in the Twilight: Where Darkness Begins series.
During this period, Cusick also dabbled in the adult horror market, publishing Scarecrow through Pocket Books in 1990. Two years later, she would publish another adult horror novel, Blood Roots, before focusing her attention exclusively on young adult novels.
In 1992, Richie Tankersley Cusick wrote a young adult novel for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first in a series of books which adapted episodes of the popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and created by Joss Whedon. She would write a second book in the series, Harvest Moon, before other authors took over, including fellow thriller author Nancy Holder. Cusick would also pen the second book in the spin-off The Angel Chronicles, also adaptations from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Cusick published several books through Simon Pulse beginning in 1991 with Vampire, a publisher that Cusick would remain with even when the YA thriller bubble began to fizzle out. Other books she released during this period include Silent Stalker, The Locker, Someone at the Door, The Drifter, Summer of Secrets, Overdue and Starstruck. With the publication of The Angel Chronicles (Volume 2) in December of 1998, Cusick wouldn't release another novel for four years.
In 2002, Richie Tankersley Cusick returned to the publishing scene with The House Next Door, again from Simon Pulse. She followed that up the next year with It Begins, the first book in The Unseen series, published by Speak, which would go on for four volumes. Cusick would also publish two book in the series Walk with the publisher, with her final book, Shadow Mirror (Walk #2), published in 2010.
Richie Tankersley Cusick titles
Evil on the Bayou (1984)
The Lifeguard (1989)
Trick or Treat (1989)
April Fools (1990)
Teacher's Pet (1990)
The Mall (1992)
Fatal Secrets (1992)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Blood Roots (1992)
Silent Stalker (1993)
Help Wanted (1993)
The Locker (1994)
The Drifter (1994)
Someone at the Door (1994)
Summer of Secrets (1996)
The Harvest (1997)
The Angel Chronicles (Volume 2) (1998)
The House Next Door (2002)
It Begins (The Unseen #1) (2003)
Rest in Peace (The Unseen #2) (2004)
Blood Brothers (The Unseen #3) (2005)
Sin and Salvation (The Unseen #4) (2005)
Walk of the Spirits (Walk #1) (2008)
Shadow Mirror (Walk #2) (2010)
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