Micheal Cobley

Interstellar Tactics




Robert Holdstock, Hail And Farewell

This post was going to be about the various kinds of crappyness assailing the body p0litic, both here and in the USA (where our masters dwell). But then I got word from Dave Wingrove about Rob Holdstock, that he had passed away the day before yesterday.

Which is awful beyond words. I knew that he’d been taken ill from E.coli poisoning, but this? – that it would lead to his dying from a heart attack? I’m stunned, and bereft. It was Rob Holdstock and Chris Evans, as editors of the Other Edens anthology, who gave me my first pro short story sale. Since then, on the occasional times that we`ve met at this or that con, both Rob and Chris were never less than kind and encouraging. Back in 1988, when the 1st Other Edens anthology came out, I was invited to come along to World Fantasycon in London to read my story, and Rob was kind enough to put me up for the night.

Suffice to say that I have long been a fan of his writing too, from Mythago Wood to the Celtika saga. British and world fantasy has lost a truly individual, inspiring writer, but it will be the man that I’ll miss most.

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