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RIP: Euan Harvey

  • Dec. 9th, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I'd like to take a moment to note the passing of Euan Harvey, one of my favorite RoF authors.  Euan was a slush survivor of mine, and one of the magazine's most prolific authors.  For the past few years he'd been fighting melanoma, and his mother just reported on Euan's Facebook account that he's finally at peace.  I first came across his writing in the magazine's slush piles back in 2006.  I passed that story along, and Shawna almost bought it.  The next time he submitted something I passed that along too, and this time Shawna bought it.  "The Tao of Crocodiles" was published in the April 2007 issue of RoF, his first pro sale.  Euan would publish another seven stories with us after that.  Had RoF continued, he had two more stories with us in inventory, one that was deeply informed by his cancer.  I used to argue with people when they said RoF didn't publish sword & sorcery.  Euan was a big reason why my argument held water.  Much of what Euan published with us fell into this vein.  And we took almost everything he sent us.  He really had a knack for this sub-genre (though when he put his mind to it he excelled at modern-day dark fantasy as well).  It got to the point where I started becoming a full-fledged fan of his writing, because when I encountered one of his manuscripts I knew I would probably enjoy it.  Based on how often Shawna bought his stories, I think she was a bit of a fan herself.

I never met Euan in person--he lived in Thailand before moving back to his homeland in the UK following his sickness--but I exchanged quite a number of emails with him over the years.  Based on the kindness and good sense of humor that pervaded each and every one of those correspondences, I can tell you all that the world didn't just lose a good fantasy writer today, it lost a good person.  

Rest in peace, Euan.  

Comments

ckastens wrote:
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that. I never met Euan either, but he was quickly becoming one of my favorite short fiction writers.
My deepest condolences to him and his loved ones.
ogre_san wrote:
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that.
melissajm wrote:
Dec. 9th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I didn't know him, but I enjoyed his stories.
akashiver wrote:
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I'm sorry to hear it. I really enjoyed his work.
ellen_datlow wrote:
Dec. 11th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
This is so sad. I knew he was suffering from cancer but I'd hoped he'd beat it.
douglascohen wrote:
Dec. 11th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Me too Ellen.
Todd Castillo wrote:
Dec. 12th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
One of my favorite writers, and about two days ago, I was thinking about him and promised myself to send an email to let him know how much I loved his writing.

What's happening with those two stories? Did he manage to send them off anywhere else? All the best to his family and friends, I only knew him through the magazine--and his stories were some of the best.
douglascohen wrote:
Dec. 12th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Todd, I'm afraid I don't know the status of the stories. I've alerted RoF's publishers to Euan's passing, as that is important information for them while they figure out what to do with stories under contract. Otherwise I just don't know. I do hope they find a home somewhere though--one is a solid sword & sorcery story, and the other is a terrific mash-up between the Cthulu Mythos and modern L.A. gangland that was deeply informed by his cancer.

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