Author Gary Brandner (b.1933) died on September 23 of esophogeal cancer. Brandford is best known for his horror novel The Howling, which was adapted to film in 1981. his novel Walkers was adapted for television as From The Dead Of Night. Other novels included Mind Grabber and Doomstalker.
Fan Elliot K. Shorter (b.1939) died from complications from cancer on October 1. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year’s Worldcon, Heicon. He helped run Suncon, as he was part of the 7 in ’77 Worldcon bid, which initially found a site in Orlando, but had to move to Miami when their original hotel went bankrupt and also participated in multiple hoax bids. He opened Merlin’s Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979. Shorter tended to stand out in fannish circles as a 6’4″ tall ex-MP
marine and African-American.
Author John Boyd (b.1919) died on June 8. Boyd, whose real name was Boyd Upchurch, began publishing science fiction in 1968 with the novel The Last Starship from Earth. he published several more science fiction novels over the next decade, including Barnard’s Planet and The Doomsday Gene. Upchurch published at least two historical novels using his real name as well as Behind Every Bush: Treason or Patriotism?, a look at the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Actor and writer Jerry G. Bishop (b. Jerry Ghan, 1936) died on September 15. Bishop started out in radio and in 1965 and 1966 traveled with the Beatles as they toured the US. In 1969, he became the voice of Screaming Yellow Theater on WFLD in Chicago, announcing horror films and later created the on-screen persona of Svengoolie, which he performed until he moved to California. The role was then carried on by Rich Koz, first as Son of Svengoolie, and later using the original name.
Fan artist delphyne woods (a.k.a Joan Hanke-Woods, b.1945) died in early September. Woods won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1986 and was a Guest of Honor at Windycon in 1984. Her artwork not only graced fanzines and appeared in convention art shows, but also appeared in Galaxy, Fantastic Films, and The Comics Journal. In recent years, she had become more active in creating art for fanzines again and was slowly scanning some of her older art into electronic formats.
New Zealand fan Dan McCarthy (b.1934) died on August 7. McCarthy was a member of the APA Aotearapa for 25 years, serving as official editor from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003. His contribution, Panopticon, contained his pai9ntings and color illustrations. He won the Best Fan Artist category of the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards in 1989 and 1991. In 1997, he was the Fan Guest of Honour at Conspiracy in Wellington.
Seattle fan Bobbie Dufault (b.1958) died in her sleep on September 14. Dufault was preparing to co-chair Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. Previously, she had chaired the 2005 NASFIC, CascadiaCon, and the 2012 Westercon, Conclusion. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the Worldcon. She was active in many aspects of Pacific Northwest fandom and worked on many bids to bring cons to the area. Dufault was married to fan Jerry Gieseke.
Actress Louise Currie (b.1913) died on September 8. Currie made her debut in 1940 and went on to appear in The Green Hornet Strikes Again!, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, and Voodoo Man. She portrayed a reporter in Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane and was the last surviving actor from that film.
Comic fan Jeffrey Babbit (b.1951) died on September 9, one day after being assaulted in Union Square in New York. Babbit was a frequent customer at the nearby Forbidden Planet and had attended every NY Comic Con. A retired train conductor, he was the sole caretaker for his 94 year old mother. According to police reports, he was attacked by 31 year old Lashawn Marten, who had announced he was going to punch the next white person he saw in the face. After being hit, Babbit fell to the ground and died the next day at Bellevue Hospital. Marten, who also hit two men who came to Babbit’s rescue, is being held on assault charges which will likely be upgraded.
Author Patricia Anthony (b.1947) died in late July or early August. Anthony began publ;ishing in 1987 with the story “Blood Brothers” and went on to have a career as a novelist before trying to break into screenwriting. Her first three novels, Cold Allies, Brother Termite, and Conscience of the Beagle were all published in 1993, with four more novels and a collection published by 1998.