A musician and writer, Keith was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1949. He first discovered H.P. Lovecraft via a Ray Bradbury story, "Pillar of Fire," in the early 1960s. Intrigued by an author Bradbury chose to compare to Poe, Keith sought out Lovecraft at the local library and read all three of the Arkham House collections front to back. Lovecraft became his favorite author of horror.
Almost thirty when his family and friends discovered Dungeons & Dragons and a new "hobby" called role playing, he immediately snatched up a copy of Call of Cthulhu when it first showed up on the shelves of his local game store. One trip through the original "The Haunting" scenario and he was hooked.
He made his first submission to Chaosium in 1983. Over the following years he published nearly fifty scenarios with Chaosium, including the full-length books The Fungi from Yuggoth, Trail of Tsathoggua, Spawn of Azathoth, Arkham Unveiled, and Return to Dunwich, along with sourcebooks like the original Investigators’ Companions and Keeper’s Compendium. Serving as editor of the line from late 1989 through 1993, he edited and contributed to numerous books, developed the Lovecraft Country series, and launched the initial line of Cycle fiction.
Fired by Chaosium in 1994 and unable to produce any more CoC material, he freelanced for White Wolf’s World of Darkness, producing, among other things, two novels based on WW’s Vampire game. He later toiled in the cyber mines as an editor for Cinescape magazine.
Keith died unexpectedly due to heart failure on March 13, 2009. He will be missed.
Also known as Herbert Hike.
Bio at Miskatonic River Press