Diana Wynne Jones, Author of Howl's Moving Castle, Has Died
March 26, 2011 01:10 PM EDT
British fantasy and science fiction writer Diana Wynne Jones has reportedly died. Jones, author of the wildly popular 1986 fantasy novel Howl's Moving Castle, is said to have passed away on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. Jones' death is a huge loss in the literary world and for millions of fans who have cherished Jones' many books through the decades.
Diana Wynne Jones' fans took to Twitter to spread the news of her death, and to offer kind words about the Dark Lord of Derkholm and Year of the Griffin author.
Among those fans: Neil Gaiman, author of such well-known works as American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Gaiman Tweeted about his friend's death early on Saturday, saying, "Rest in Peace, Diana Wynne Jones. You shone like a star. The funniest, wisest, writer and the finest friend" and adding simply, "I miss you."
Diana Wynne Jones was not sitting idle after her 2009 lung cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments for the disease. According to reports, Jones was still writing and, around the time of her death, was "in the midst of a book, with plans for another." One can only hope that Jones' words find their way to fans in coming years, offering them more spectacular stories to spark the imagination.