2023 is the centenary year of writer Avram Davidson, who was born in 1923. While Mr. Davidson is also known for his science fiction and mysteries (he ghost wrote two Ellery Queen novels), he is primarily remembered as one of the finest fantasy writers of the 1960's and 1970's. Sadly, he is said to have died in 1993 in extreme poverty, and is not nearly as well remembered today as he should be.
Ray Bradbury was a huge fan of Mr. Davidson's writing. In fact, he wrote the introduction to Mr. Davidson's short story collection, STRANGE SEAS AND SHORES. In part, here is what Ray had to say in that introduction: "Avram Davidson, to me, combines many attributes, including imagination, style, and perhaps, above all, wit...[These] stories, like vitamins, should be taken one or two nightly, just before sleep. It will be a temptation, but don't gorge yourself on this book. Easy does it, and much affection for this teller of tales Avram Davidson will be the healthy result. At the end of a week of such nights, you will have developed a proper appetite for further journeys to that strange, wild country of Avram in all the years ahead."
For more information on the life and work of Mr. Davidson, click on the link below:
And here is a website devoted to Mr. Davidson:
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