Moonchasers and Other Stories
This isn’t a review of the whole book, just the short novel that’s the title story. I’ll read the rest of the stories throughout the autumn and into the Christmas holidays. We lost Ed Gorman this past weekend, or at least that’s when the news of his passing became public. As of this writing, I’ve not seen formal obituary with the exact date of death.
I’ve had a print copy of Moonchasers for years, but I’ve only read a few of the stories in it and none recently. So after hearing of Ed’s passing, I wanted to read some of his work. I chose Moonchasers because I had always wanted to read it. It was the perfect story for the mood I was in. Continue reading
I’ve just learned that Ed Gorman has passed away. Ed had been battling cancer for quite some time. His Sam McCain series of detective novels presented a view of the 1950s small town America that were an homage to the pulp detective novels of the period. There are a couple I haven’t gotten to yet. He also wrote horror novels under the name of Daniel Ransom and westerns under his own name.
As much as I enjoy his novels, it was at shorter lengths that I really got the most from his work. It’s been long enough now that my memory is fuzzy, but I think the first book of his I read was the paperback collection The Dark Fantastic. Containing some of his dark fantasy and horror tales, Ed included an introduction in which he listed some of his influences when he was growing up. Among the list of writers I also admired was Henry Kuttner, who has remained my favorite. I knew when I read that Kuttner had influenced Gorman that I was going to like Gorman. I was right and have been reading him ever since. The Dark Fantastic is long out of print, but you can still pick up copies fairly cheaply online. Check it, or any of Ed’s other books, out.
I never had the pleasure of meeting him, although he commented on one of my posts and said it was well written. I was on cloud nine for days after that. Ed will be missed. I’m going to read some of his work later today. Bill Crider has published this tribute.
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Ed Gorman and Bill Crider are reporting that Jeremiah Healy has died. Healy suffered from severe chronic depression, and this (exacerbated by alcohol) led him to take his own life.
Healy was the award winning author of the John Francis Cuddy series of private investigator novels and stories. He also wrote legal thrillers under the name Terry Devane. The Cuddy stories are among the best private investigator stories I’ve ever read. If you haven’t read his work, you should.
I never had the privilege of meeting him. By all accounts he was well loved by all who knew him. I respectfully offer my condolences to his friends and family. My deepest sympathies, as well as my thoughts and prayers, are with his wife Sandy Balzo.