the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. V No. 2
31 July 2000
ISSN 1089-764X

Published bimonthly by whim and fancy for the Avram Davidson
Society.  Contents copyright 2000 The Nutmeg Point District Mail
and assigned to individual contributors.  All rights reserved.

Henry Wessells, Editor.
Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary.

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The Nutmeg Point District Mail edition of El Vilvoy de las Islas
by Avram Davidson was published on 30 July 2000 with a preface
by Joanna Russ, an introduction by Don Webb, and a critical
afterword by Gregory Feeley.

Novelist Wendy Walker writes : "Avram Davidson: the wildness of
his ear makes this story an enchanted island."

The trade edition of the book is available in two states: 100 copies
in paper wrappers ($12.00, postpaid) and 25 hardcover copies
numbered 1 to 25 and hand bound in quarter green linen and Indian
desert grass paper over boards, stamped in gilt with the vilvoy device
that appears on the book's title page.  Eight hardcover copies remain
available for purchase ($50.00 plus $3.00 shipping).  Libraries will be billed.

Cheques, payable to Henry Wessells, may be sent to :
P.O. Box 43072, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.
(Orders may be placed by e-mail to and
will be held until payment is received.).
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The June 2000 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction
is heralded as a Special Avram Davidson Issue and includes much of
interest: "Rum, Blood Magic, & Giant Iguanas : Avram Davidson's
Adventures in the Jungle" reads the cover blurb.  There are three
selections from Dragons in the Trees are published, with a brief
introduction by your editor, and Hugh Leddy's memoir of
Avram Davidson in British Honduras is reprinted.  There are also
several photographs by Ed Emshwiller (Emsh) from the Milford
science fiction writers conferences, including, for the first time in
recent memory, the famous Emsh portrait of  "Avram Davidson,
Milford, Pennsylvania, 1960" (the celebrated bathing suit photograph
that graced in miniature the back cover of Or All the Seas with Oysters).
The selections from Dragons in the Trees include "Kindly Hold
Out Your Right Index Finger," from the version Avram revised
shortly before his death ; and two lengthy passages extracted from
the original typescript, "In the Confederate Settlement" and "Along
the Lower Moho (The Iguana Church)."

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