Barbara Roden (Nebuly)
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 07:36 pm: |
I'm sure most people who love genre fiction - mystery, fantasy, Gothic, supernatural, ghost stories, nineteenth century sensation novels, science fiction - will know the work of Everett F. Bleiler, whose outstanding introductions to so many Dover editions of rare and obscure books in these fields are, in many instances, the only serious critical appraisal of those books, and the authors who wrote them. He wrote several essential reference works about science fiction, but he's probably best known to people here for the indispensable GUIDE TO SUPERNATURAL FICTION.
Bleiler died on Sunday at the age of ninety; but his work will continue to be read and enjoyed and appreciated for many years to come. I can't think of anyone else in our field with his knowledge and passion and love for the weird and wonderful byways of fantastic fiction. Thank you for everything you did, Mr. Bleiler.
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 07:50 pm: |
R.I.P. Sad hear to hear this.
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 09:36 pm: |
Oh, no. I grew up reading the Dover editions of Blackwood, Hoffmann, Bierce, Onions, Collins, Doyle, Dunsany and others, all with fascinating introductions by Bleiler that made me want to seek out more. He was a huge figure in the field of supernatural, fantasy, and science fiction. One of his greatest contributions is the 2-volume Supernatural Fiction Writers. What a sad loss to the field.
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 10:50 pm: |
Yes, I've got a host of those Bleiler edited Dover editions on my shelf. His introductions were splendid.
Saddened by this news.
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 01:12 am: |
Very sad to hear this. One of the last things he wrote was a splendid and audacious article on C.L. Moore for Wormwood.
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|Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 11:09 am: |
Everett Bleiler was a gentleman and a genius. Although saddened by this news, I'm glad he reached such a venerable age.
Although this isn't the place or time for self-promotion I am immensely honoured that he wrote the Afterword for one of my forthcoming books: he was one of those very rare critics who always judged work in a far wider cultural context than is normal in the genre.
Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
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|Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 11:44 am: |
Alas! He was a crucial figure. At least he leaves us a huge achievement. On a personal level, his anthologies co-edited with Ted Dikty were among the greatest pleasures of my early childhood. His Dover collections of Blackwood and others are definitive.
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 02:12 pm: |
A real loss. Bleiler was a monument in this field, to be sure. RIP.