Like most devoted readers, I tend to get very attached to characters in a series or to certain authors and any of their works. It’s always a great loss when an author passes before completing the stories we’ve grown to love. But in some cases, an author’s work has been continued even after their death. Here, we’ve collected a list of authors whose legacies have continued beyond these most-loved books.
The author of twenty-seven bestselling novels, Robert Ludlum is the mind behind the Jason Bourne series and the inspiration for the blockbuster movies. Following his death, some of his unused notes were compiled to continue the series.
After Robert Jordan died in 2007, Brandon Sanderson continued this sweeping adventure series about young country farmers with destinies much larger than they know, much to the relief of Jordan’s devoted fans. These fourteen novels bring readers into a magical world reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and GAME OF THRONES.
Prolific writer Vince Flynn wrote more than thirteen books in his popular Mitch Rapp series before passing away in 2013. Kyle Mills continues Flynn’s series. In AMERICAN ASSASSIN, CIA superagent Mitch Rapp joins a new group of operatives seeking retribution following a terrorist attack.
Robert B. Parker was known for his forty novels about private detective Spenser. After Parker’s death in 2010, Ace Atkins kept Spenser in business. The first in this far-reaching series, THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT, introduces us to Spenser, a Boston investigator hired to recover a stolen medieval manuscript.
Philip K. Dick may not have been a wildly profitable author in his time, but since he passed away in 1982, many of his science fiction stories and novels have been picked up and turned into well-loved movies and television shows. THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, currently an Amazon series, offers an alternative ending to World War II, with the Nazis and Japanese winning the war.
British author David Gemmell was a master of heroic fantasy, as well as historical fiction. He worked on the end of his Troy series until his death, and then his wife, Stella, took on the task of finishing his work.