THE NUTMEG POINT DISTRICT MAIL

the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. VII No. 2-3

July-September 2002

ISSN 1089-764X


Published bimonthly by whim and fancy for the Avram Davidson Society.
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UNHISTORY AT LAST!

Tor Books will publish Adventures in Unhistory. The last book published during
Avram Davidson's lifetime will once again be available for the edification and
pleasure of readers. Not a month goes by but your editor receives multiple inquries
from would-be readers, collectors, librarians, and even booksellers seeking what has
become a genuine rara avis among recently published books.

Further details, including publication date, will be announced as they become known.

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NEIL GAIMAN ON AVRAM DAVIDSON & R. A. LAFFERTY

[On reading The Other Nineteenth Century :]
I'm pleased that Avram Davidson is, in death, gaining a measure of the respect he did
not have in life. I wonder if Lafferty (87, Alzheimer's-senile now, in an old people's
home in Tulsa) will be recognised as a genius once his death is announced. (I did
the entry on Lafferty in the Encyclopedia of Fantasy, which ended by pointing out
that the only person in the body of SF Lafferty could be compared to was Avram
Davidson.) I suspect that he won't be, not unless someone who is in exactly the
right place culturally introduces a collection of Lafferty stories designed for the
mainstream, much as _The Avram Davidson Treasury_ helped define Avram and
what he did, and used a number of major authors to do so. And it probably won't
happen. But one can hope. (Does it matter if he's respected? Not a bit. Does it matter
if he's read? Damn right it does: no-one else did the things that Lafferty did in
prose-and-occasionally-poetry, although Flann O'Brian came close.) [. . .]

Neil Gaiman Journal, 31 December 2001
http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal_archives/2001_12_01_archive.asp

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Prising Averno
by Gregory Feeley

Vergil in Averno is such a strange book -- the strangest by far that Davidson
ever wrote -- that readers have shied from its disturbing nature, preferring to
call the novel