Rob Holdstock is dead. I can’t quite take it in. Mythago Wood was one of the classic English fantasies of the last 100 years, & Rob one of the most powerful engines of fantasy of his generation.
Forever late to the party, I have added Holdstock to my amazon wishlist. That’s some serious backing he has there – the comments from Alan Garner (and from you) have me sold. Sad to hear this.
Sad news indeed. Mythago Wood was a masterpiece, so resonant and attuned to the English woodland and landscape.
Lavondyss was good too and I enjoyed his short story collection Valley of Statues.
Bloody hell! That’s a real shock. I’m in the middle of reading Avilion at the moment (and thoroughly enjoying it). And he was a great guy, helped me find a copy of The Bone Forest when it was out of print.
I never met RH although we shared friends. The little contact we had showed him to be a warm and generous bloke. Reading some of the moving comments that are to be found over on Moorcock’s Miscellany, this impression of a truly lovely guy is vindicated.
And the richness of “Mythago Wood” is still so bloody pungent after all these years.
Have sat here a bit numb in front of the keyboard for while, struggling to get to the words. Mythago Wood and Lavondyss were entrances to a captivation, a satori of stock and consciousness. I usually re-read them at this time of year, especially with Lavondyss in mind – how sadly apt that the first fingers of (Fimbul)winter have just clenched.
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