Graham Joyce has died, and our society will never be the same. He was a regular at FantasyCon, a former chair of the society, and a passionate and principled contributor to our annual general meetings. He was much missed at FantasyCon 2014 last weekend, where he had hoped to serve as Master of Ceremonies.
He won the British Fantasy Award for best novel six times, for Dark Sister (1993), Requiem (1996), The Tooth Fairy (1997), Indigo (2000), Memoirs of a Master Forger (2009) and Some Kind of Fairy Tale (2013). He was a nominee once again this year for The Year of the Ladybird.
Among his many achievements, he played in goal for the English Writers XI, his adventures in that position recorded in Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular, a nominee for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. In recent months he had discussed his illness on his website, www.grahamjoyce.co.uk, and ended by asking, “why can’t our job here on earth be simply to inspire each other?”