Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Andrew J. Offutt R.I.P.

   Just learned that writer Andrew Offut has passed away at age 78. Like Lin Carter, Offutt wrote a lot of pastiches of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard. He wrote a lot of other stuff too, but those are the ones I read an remember. And also like Carter, Offutt perhaps did his best work as an editor. The five volumes of Swords Against Darkness that he edited had a lot of terrific sword and sorcery stories by folks like Ramsey Campbell, David Drake, Richard L. Tierney, and Manly Wade Wellman. I never considered Offutt a major talent, but I did enjoy some of his S&S books, particularly the Cormac Mac Art pastiches. Not much like REH, but action filled adventure tales. Anyway, another of the dwindling group of old guard sword and sorcery guys has passed. See his obituary here at Locus:

http://www.locusmag.com/News/2013/04/andrew-offutt-1934-2013/

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