Eric Dickey was an African-American author. He wrote several crime novels involving grifters, ex cons, and assassins; the latter novels having more diverse settings, moving from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom to the West Indies, each having an international cast of characters.
Eric Dickey is the author of the graphic novel Storm,which re-imagines the first meeting between the popular X-Men character Ororo Munroe and T’Challa, king of the fictional land of Wakanda known as the Black Panther.
He performed stand-up comedy, mostly in Southern California. He opened for Bobby “Blue” Bland at the Rialto in Tacoma, Washington.
His books have been published in French, Polish, and Japanese, and several of his books have had separate printings in Great Britain. He has toured in England, France (where Milk in My Coffee was a French bestseller), and the Caribbean.
Two of his books (Friends and Lovers, Cheaters) were turned into touring plays.
According to BBC, The US writer wrote 30 novels about breathless relationships and thrilling adventures involving young African American characters.
He also wrote a series of Marvel comics about a love story between Storm from the X-Men and the Black Panther.
“His work has become a cultural touchstone over the course of his multi-decade writing career, earning him millions of dedicated readers around the world,” his publicist Becky Odell told USA Today in a statement.
Writer Roxane Gay was among those paying tribute, describing him as “a great storyteller”.
Eric Jerome Dickey was a literary legend. Had a whole generation reading and coming to school the next day like "DID YOU FINISH YET??? We have to talk about it when you do!"
May he rest peacefully.
— Luvvie is the #ProfessionalTroublemaker (@Luvvie) January 5, 2021
Heartbroken. Rest in paradise to an amazing author and an even better friend. #EricJeromeDickey pic.twitter.com/L6KTFPsTFU
— ReShonda Tate Billingsley (@ReShondaT) January 5, 2021