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 work includes examples of:
- All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Levin's twist endings are so iconic that these days it's hard to find someone who doesn't automatically know that Rosemary gives birth to Satan's baby and Stepford is full of servile robot wives, even if they've never read/seen the books/films.
- 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.
- Chekhov's Gun: Levin's work tends to abound in multiple Chekhov's Guns. His skill is in introducing these important plot elements so subtly and naturally that they're only recognizable as such after a second (or third) reading.
- Dystopia: This Perfect Day.
- Religious Horror: Rosemary's Baby and Son of Rosemary.
- Trope Codifier: Rosemary's Baby for Religious Horror, The Boys From Brazil for You Cloned Hitler!, and arguably No Time for Sergeants for the comedic version of Southern-Fried Private.
- Trope Namer: Stepford Suburbia, Stepford Smiler and Stepford Snarker, by extension from The Stepford Wives.
- Twist Ending: He loved this, but it often ended up that the twist is even more shocking than what the audience was anticipating (assuming they didn't already know what it would be).