RIP Gahan Wilson

Family and friends of Gahan Wilson are reporting that the master illustrator passed on yesterday. I can’t claim to have known him, but I was a fan of his since I was a child and one of the great highlights of my career was when Subterranean Press hired him to do the cover for the “Judge Sn Goes Golfing” chapbook. The knowledge that my words got to be paired with his sublime and grotesque (in the best sense) pictures made my day, for a whole month. I am honored and humbled to have had our professional lives intersect, even briefly. All condolences, sympathy and good will to those who knew and loved him.

10 thoughts on “RIP Gahan Wilson

  1. I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to hear him speak, meet him, and get a few autographs when he was GoH at a MileHiCon some years ago.

    His combination of artistic talent and delightfully twisted humor brightened our world.

  2. Gahan Wilson was not only a uniquely gifted cartoonist, but a damn good short story writer. I highly recommend his collection “The Cleft and Other Odd Tales”.

    He was one of the writers and artists who’ve been part of my mental landscape since about 50 years ago. Very few of those left.

    People will be laughing at Gahan Wilson cartoons many years from now.

  3. I was just thinking of “Judge Sn Goes Golfing” yesterday when I played a game called duffleboard. It’s a cross between mini-gold and shuffleboard, so one can see where the connection comes from.

    My only other exposure to Gahan Wilson are his delightful illustrations in Roger Zelazny’s ” A night in the lonesome October”, which has a full illustration for each of the 31 chapters.

    I will have to look up more of his work.

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