Sunday, July 06, 2008

Thomas M. Disch, R. I. P.

This was reported on the fictionmags yahoo group. No real details yet on the death of this fine SF writer other than that he took his own life. Very sad.

8 comments:

Gerard said...

That's too bad. I ran across one of his horror novels few years ago and really enjoyed it. I went on to read a couple more.

Todd Mason said...

Depressed over the loss of his life partner Charles Naylor, apparently facing eviction, apparently having difficulties getting around at 68, and in tough financial waters despite a reputation and three books either just out or soon (all from small presses, with no doubt small advances) and a back catalog that includes a book adapted by Disney.

I'm glad I got a chance to tell him I'd remembered his story "Casablanca," an original, maybe the only original, in one of Harold Q. Masur's ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: anthologies. He was surprised anyone remembered it.
It's great, and scarifying.

James Sallis was similarly surprised I'd remembered one of his stories for AMAZING. "Exigency and Martin Heidegger."

Good work lasts. Good luck, not so much. Justice barely at all.

I'm sorry things got so bad that this seemed a good idea.

Todd Mason said...

It was earlier than I thought..."Casablanca" was in one of Robert Arthur's, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: STORIES THAT SCARED EVEN ME (1967).

Juri said...

That's too bad. I've never read his fiction, but the collection of essays Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of is excellent.

Doc Quatermass said...

Sad, indeed. I haven't read The Brave Little Toaster but thought the Disney movie a sweet story.

Doc Quatermass said...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92367071&ft=1&f=1021

Doc Quatermass said...

http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/disch/2849355

http://tomsdisch.livejournal.com/

http://web.wm.edu/so/jump/fall95/disch.html

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2001/20010730/interview.shtml

Bill Crider said...

Thanks for the updates and additional material, Doc.