The roll call of those directly and specifically slaughtered by this blog, therefore, now reads as follows:
|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|
|Umberto Eco||30th June 2012||19th February 2016||84||3y 234d|
Eco's death doesn't affect the stats much, as it happens, since the average age for authors to be offed by my book reviews is around 80, and the average time for the curse to take effect is around four years. My nominees from June 2015 (on the occasion of James Salter's death) were Joyce Carol Oates, David Lodge and Milan Kundera. Since I failed to spot Eco then those may as well stand for next time.
Here's an interesting long and wide-ranging interview Eco gave to the Paris Review in 2008, during the course of which he inexplicably failed to predict my hand in his eventual demise.