Ira Levin (1929-2007) was an American novelist and dramatist.While he worked in a number of genres in his career (his output even includes a Broadway musical), he is most associated with the Thriller. In particular, he excelled at stories that placed outlandish premises into realistic settings, with plenty of suspense but also heavy doses of satire and Black Comedy. He's been praised by the likes of Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk for his mastery of plotting and pacing.
Ira Levin works with their own trope pages include:
- A Kiss Before Dying (1953 novel, 1956 and 1991 films)
- Rosemary's Baby (1967 novel, 1968 film, 2014 miniseries)
- This Perfect Day (1970 novel)
- The Stepford Wives (1972 novel, 1975 and 2004 films)
- The Boys from Brazil (1976 novel, 1978 film)
- Deathtrap (1978 play, 1982 film)
- Sliver (1991 novel, 1993 film)
- Son of Rosemary (1997 novel; sequel to Rosemary's Baby)
This author's other works include examples of:
- Cerebus Syndrome: Except for the Noir-ish novel A Kiss Before Dying, his earliest successes were Broadway comedies. After Rosemary's Baby he switched to Thrillers with some Black Comedy elements.
- Trope Codifier: Arguably No Time for Sergeants for the comedic version of Southern-Fried Private.