30 November 2009

Robert Holdstock (1948–2009)

I was saddened to hear of the death yesterday of Rob Holdstock. Apparently he suffered a heart attack while in intensive care after contracting an E. coli infection.

Reading his novel Mythago Wood (1984) transformed my understanding of what fantasy might be (before that I had defined it more or less in terms of The Lord of the Rings).

He will be sorely missed by both fans and writers of fantasy.

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