RARA-AVIS: Kerry Schooley, R.I.P.

From: Kevin Burton Smith (kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 22 Sep 2010

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    It's not been a good month. I just heard from Peter Sellers, the Canadian crime writer and editor, that our good friend Kerry Schooley is dead, apparently of a heart attack.

    I'll try to find out more as soon as I can, but I'm not at home right now. And not very good company, I'm afraid.

    Kerry was of the brightest lights of this list, an intelligent and well-read man whose opinions carried not just weight but grace and wit and generosity of spirit -- things we're too often too of. He was also, under the pen name of John Swan, one of the best noir writers and editors in Canada, sadly under-appreciated. He actually bought my first published fiction. But more than that, he was a good friend. A very good friend.

    Somehow we lost touch over the last few years, and now we'll never be able to catch up. Fuck. I'm really hurting.

    Crank up the Otis Redding, boys. We're just lost one of the good ones.


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