John Carpenter - The Thing
under the pen name Don A. Stuart, first published in the August 1938 Astounding Science-Fiction. The article I'm going to link to has been culled from the magazines Starlog and Fangoria, and maybe a few other articles. But it's all in one long piece, and has several nice photos as well, so it's pretty neat to have it all in one spot. The article says it was a game-changer, and I'd pretty much have to agree with that due the way it bumped up special effects for the time, and adding more gore than usual.
Go here to read the article.
If you have not seen the film, Jacob's Ladder, and you're a horror fan or a fan of thrillers and suspense, you're missing a good film. It stars Tim Robbins as Jacob Singer, a man who lives in a nightmare. Wounded in Vietnam he returns to New York City. Torn between the memories of his son and terrifying wartime demons, Jacob is slowly losing his grip on reality. His girlfriend (Elizabeth Pena) only adds confusion to his life, drawing him into a web of sexual intrigue, but ultimately, it's his friend Louis (Danny Aiello), who turns out to be the only one Jacob can count on. This is one of those movies that offers food for thought afterwards, and multiple watchings as some of the film is taken out of sequence and is not linear in its storytelling device. Check it out over on Youtube, it's commercial free and put up by Paramount films.