Sure enough when Swedish crime author (most famously creator of detective Kurt Wallander, maverick cop, doesn't play by the book etc. etc.) Henning Mankell opened the front door this morning he found a gentleman in a hooded garment waiting for him who'd come about the reaping.
|Author||Date of first book||Date of death||Age||Curse length|
|Michael Dibdin||31st January 2007||30th March 2007||60||0y 59d|
|Beryl Bainbridge||14th May 2008||2nd July 2010||77||2y 50d|
|Russell Hoban||23rd August 2010||13th December 2011||86||1y 113d|
|Richard Matheson||7th September 2011||23rd June 2013||87||2y 291d|
|Elmore Leonard||April 16th 2009||20th August 2013||87||4y 128d|
|Iain Banks||6th November 2006||9th June 2013||59||7y 218d|
|Doris Lessing||8th May 2007||17th November 2013||94||7y 196d|
|Gabriel García Márquez||10th July 2007||17th April 2014||87||7y 284d|
|Ruth Rendell||23rd December 2009||2nd May 2015||85||5y 132d|
|James Salter||4th February 2014||19th June 2015||90||1y 136d|
|Henning Mankell||6th May 2013||5th October 2015||67||2y 152d|
Mankell had been living with cancer for about a year and a half, so it wasn't totally unexpected, but nonetheless he's the third-youngest of the eleven authors on the list, and the curse length is well below the average of a little over four years. There's plenty of variation, from two months to nearly eight years, but the point is that CERTAIN DEATH AWAITS YE. Possibly with nasty big pointy teeth, possibly not.