John Coyne (born 1937) is an American writer. He is the author of more than twenty-five nonfiction and fiction books, including a number of horror novels, while his short stories have been collected in “best of” anthologies such as Modern Masters of Horror and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and a lifelong lover of golf, Coyne has edited and written a number of books dealing with both subjects, the most recent novels areThe Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan and The Caddie Who Played With Hickory. and “The Caddie Who Won The Masters.” His most recent book is a love story, “Long Ago and Far Away.”
Coyne was born in Chicago, Illinois; at age of ten he began working as a caddie at Midlothian Country Club. After graduating from Saint Louis University, he earned a masters in English at Western Michigan University, served in the Air Force, and in the Peace Corps from 1962 to 1964, teaching English at the Commercial School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He currently lives in Pelham Manor, New York, with his wife and son, where he works in communications and edits PeaceCorpsWriters.org.
Coyne became one of modern horror fiction's “brand name” writers with the publication of his first novel, The Piercing, in 1978. He followed this up with a number of other horror novels, including bestsellers such as The Legacy and Hobgoblin, before cutting back on genre writing in the mid 1980s. His short stories have been collected in a number of “best of” anthologies, including Modern Masters of Horror and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
Coyne's most recent novels, The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan, was published in 2006 and is a literary exploration of golf and everyday life. Norman Rush praised the novel, saying that “John Coyne has managed to employ golf as a lens through which aspects of Midwestern daily life in the 1940s, of thwarted love, of social class, are revealed with stark and unsettling clarity.” He is the author of two other golf novels: “The Caddie Who Played With Hickory” which is set in 1946 at the Midlothian Country Club, and “The Caddie Who Won the Masters” set at Augusta National. His most recent novel is “Long Ago and Far Away” a love story spanning forty years.