HIdeyuki Kikuchi was born in Chiba, Japan on September 25, 1949. He attended the prestigious Aoyama University and wrote his 1st novel, Demon City Shinjuku in 1982. He is one of Japan's top sci-fi/horror writers, writing novels in the tradition of occidental horror authors like Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. Over the past 4 decades, several of his works have been adapted into live-action and anime movies, including Vampire Hunter D and his 1st novel, Demon City Shinjuku. Drawing inspiration from films such as Horror of Dracula, Kikuchi has spawned 40 novels to date in his Vampire Hunter D series.
THE INSPIRATION FOR VAMPIRE HUNTER D
As a child, he was a lover of sci-fi and horror films and if any of those films came to his town he never miss it, even when he was sick. The biggest influence that made an impact for him was the film, "The Horror of Dracula" starring Christopher Lee (who he actually met and got an autograph at the Tokyo Fantastic Film Festival) and Peter Cushing who are both his favorite actors. He was also influence by Dracula And Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, mad doctors and the rest was in a horror/comedy production by Universal called Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein which will help decide his future.
At the age of 33, he brought Vampire Hunter D to life and has continued writing his adventures for over 20 years.