I was looking for an obituary of Mr Black but was unable to find one. I did find this nice thread about a book he edited 3 years ago. I haven't read any of these as I generally don't find myself able to budget time and funds for current horror writing, but these do sound intriguing and fun.
I really know nothing about Mr Black, but it seems as if he was terribly young. Whenever I write something like that, nevertheless, I recall a line in the film Parting Glances which has an added edge to it at the advanced age of 60 (which is quite a surreal age to be)--"I think dying's a bitch no matter how old you are."
Love to all, Steve
Not a full-blown obituary by any means, here are a few facts about Charles to help fill a few gaps.
Charles was only 51 when he died.
In the eulogies at his funeral by friends who had known him since childhood, it came out that they started off playing Dungeons and Dragons together, before becoming interested in punk rock. A great enthusiast for it, he used to travel to concerts all over the country and for a while was a member of a local group as its vocalist.
I was told at his funeral that, if his health hadn't deteriorated over the last few years, with repeated stomach problems, culminating in cancer, he had intended to complete The Black Books with a total of 13 volumes. He had also been looking towards starting a new series of books, mass-market paperback in size, of sword and sorcery stories - something which completely surprised me as I never knew he had an interest in that genre. According to his brother, Charles wanted the Black Books to continue to be available after his death, which he told me he will make sure happens.
It was obvious while talking to his friends and his mother and brother, David, he was extremely well-liked by everyone who knew him. He will definitely be missed by all of us.
Thanks, David. I can tell he was very much loved by people in the overlapping communities of vintage horror and "other" (I know there must be some more tactful way of phrasing it than "where those of us who are unapologetic freaks go to hang out").
Hoping memories of happier times with him help comfort those who are mourning his passing.
This film is a rare spaghetti western called 'Kill or be Killed'. It is the film that Clint Eastwood based 'Play Misty For Me' on. Watch out for the mysterious stranger - Tony, the man with no name. The film also features a special guest appearence by top popstar Hank Hampton, and German actor Klaus Egger, and the film climaxes with a classic gunfight.
Thanks to David Duggan, Jem Owens and Tony (all of whom star in the Kill or be Killed trailer).
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Post by Craig Herbertson on May 23, 2019 10:00:04 GMT
I only met Charles once - at the World Horror conference in Brighton. Lovely bloke, totally unassuming and looked like he hated promoting the publishing stuff but knew he was obliged to. I checked every way possible to pay my repects but with no car the remoteness of his funeral was prohibitive. Couldn't get anywhere near with public transport. Charles was a very good editor. Quite meticulous and very encouraging. I was very grateful to him. He politely rejected my last story and I realised retrospectively I had broken his submission guidelines. I would like to have known him better and sort of assumed we would meet again. Sadly, not to be.
Anyone think it might be possible to do a thirteenth black book omnibus best of as a tribute? We could miss out the twelth.