Oscar Hurtado (1919–1977) was a Cuban writer and journalist. He was born in Havana on August 8, 1919 and died on January 23, 1977. He was the son and grandson of fishermen, taught by his mother to read from age 2. Considered the father of Cuban science fiction, he might also be called the father of fantasy, police and horror literature on the Caribbean island. He has stood out as a writer not only for his work in these genres but for his outreach work as well.