THE NUTMEG POINT DISTRICT MAIL

the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. XVI No. 1


31 Nov 2014

ISSN 1089-764X

Published irregularly by whim and fancy for the Avram Davidson Society.
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to individual contributors. All rights reserved.

Henry Wessells, Editor.
Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary.

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This year's Avram Davidson Society luncheon on 8 May 2014 was held at your
correspondent's messy desk, a modest brown bag lunch while reading "Writ in
Water, or The Gingerbread Man" in the Owlswick edition of The Adventures of
Doctor Eszterhazy
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At about the same time, Davidson biographer Eileen Gunn's new collection of
short stories, Questionable Practices was published by Small Beer Press.
It is well worth looking for:
http://smallbeerpress.com/books/2014/03/11/questionable-practices/

And Michael Swanwick's note is also worth reading:
http://floggingbabel.blogspot.com/2014/05/samuel-r-delany-and-i-at-joyce-kilmer.html

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Odyllic Forces: A brief note

od, odyle, and odylic:
The earliest citation in the OED is from an 1850 translation of Reichenbach.

"that od-force" — Aurora Leigh (1856), Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Avram Davidson spelled odyllic with double L in the Eszterhazy story 'Milord Sir
Smiht, the English Wizard" (1975)

" 'The moon, this night,' she said, 'is full of odylic and magnetic influence —' "
From "Carmilla", In a Glass Darkly (1872), by J.S. Le Fanu, whose bicentennial year
this is.

"Carmilla" was "important in establishing the vampire theme in higher levels of
modern English literature" — E.F. Bleiler

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Avram Davidson Society meeting at LonCon3

Grania Davis, Ethan Davidson, Phillip Rose, and Henry Wessells gathered
Thameside during this year's World Science Fiction Convention in the Docklands
area of east London, and talked of Avram Davidson and many convivial topics.
Grania Davis presented to your correspondent a copy of Tree of Life, Book of
Death. The Treasures of Grania Davis
, published by Surinam Turtle Press /
Ramble House ( http://www.ramblehouse.com/treeoflife.htm ), which includes
"Fleeting, Floating Memories (Not an Autobiography), three tales co-written
with Avram Davidson ("The Hills behind Hollywood High", "The New Zombies",
and "Addrict"), and a dozen other stories by Davis, including the memorable
"Father Juniper's Journey to the North" (2012).