Category Archives: Lucius Shepard

A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 4

“You must not think of me as a reliable witness, as someone immune to bias and distortion.” Lucius read this to me a few months after our trip, while he was working on “Crocodile Rock.” “What makes this great,” he … Continue reading

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The Littleton Follies

Lucius read me his 1999 Columbine essay while he was working on it. We argued a bit. I said that maybe the subculture the Littleton shooters immersed themselves in had something to do with it — “all this Goth crap, … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 3

Today as I write this is Father’s Day. Lucius was never paternal toward me. That worked out for both of us. I had a father the first nine years I knew Lucius, an attentive, compassionate one, a psychiatric social worker, … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 2

Lucius and I had a complex relationship. Mainly we were just friends, sharing a similar political outlook and an interest in literature and movies.  However, we also did business together. I commissioned and edited a short novel of his, Colonel … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 1

June 12, 2014 — My friend, mentor, and tormentor Lucius Shepard’s been gone three months now, gone and not coming back, unless he keeps his promise to make a supernatural visit, revealed in a lightning flash outside the bedroom window, … Continue reading

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Too Quiet

“Say, can you do me a favor?” His baritone voice strains for a high, wheedling note. “What?” I say, as usual, knowing how it pisses him off.He huffs. “Don’t say ‘what’; just say yes.” A hundred, a thousand, phone conversations, … Continue reading

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Writing Advice from Lucius

Lucius, Dave Boone, and I took a road trip from Seattle to the World Fantasy Convention in Monterey  many years ago. I bought a copy of Lucius’ collection The Ends of the Earth while I was down there. On the way … Continue reading

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Damn It, Lucius

I got an email that my friend Lucius died last night. I still expect him to call and tell me that the news is bullshit. We talked weekly, often daily, often multiple times a day, for a decade and a … Continue reading

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