As the writer for such popular television thrillers as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, Jerry Sohl delighted in contributing to viewers' sleepless nights. Born Gerald Allan Sohl in Los Angeles, Sohl's family later relocated to Chicago. Following a stint in the Army-Air Forces during World War II, the aspiring writer returned to the Midwest to find work as a freelance newspaper writer and photographer. Struggling to find a more creative outlet for his talent, Sohl penned episodes of Star Trek and Alfred Hitchcock Presents before moving into science fiction novels with The Transcendent Man and The Mars Monopoly. Sohl later wrote such features as Die, Monster, Die! (1965) and Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968). Sohl died November 4, 2002, in Thousand Oaks, CA, after suffering declining health for many years. He was 88.