Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 - November 23, 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot, and screenwriter who wrote many books adapted into films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Danny, Champion of the World, The Witches, Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox among others.
One of his earliest books, The Gremlins, was slated to be adapted into a Disney film in the 1940s, in a project that he worked closely with the company on. Only a Disney illustrated version of the story would be published, as the film version ran into story development issues.
Years later, the book James and the Giant Peach would be adapted into a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick. The Gremlin characters he created would also become prominent in the Epic Mickey games, with the second game paying tribute to him with the "Dahl Engineering Corridors."