Obituary: Susan Casper

Author Susan Casper (b.1947) died on February 24 following a long illness. Casper was the wife of editor Gardner Dozois for 47 years as well as an author and editor in her own right. Her first published story was “Spring-Fingered Jack,” which appeared in the Charles L. Grant anthology Fears in 1983. Over the next twenty years, she continued to publish short fiction, usually alone, but occasionally in collaboration with her husband (and once with Jack Dann). Although many of her stories were dark or horror fiction, she could also write humor and had works appear in Esther Friesner’s “Chicks in Chainmail” series. With Dozois and Dann, Casper also edited the anthology Ripper! (a.k.a. Jack the Ripper) in 1988.