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Strange Attractor have announced the very sad news that Steve Moore, a ‘hidden’ giant in the fields of the occult, Forteana and comics, has passed away:

We’re deeply sad to announce that Steve Moore, author of Somnium and a regular contributor to Strange Attractor Journal, passed away over the weekend, under a beautiful Spring full Moon.

Steve was a warm, wise and gentle man, with a surreal sense of humour and an astoundingly deep knowledge that covered history, the I Ching, forteana, magic, oriental mysticism, martial arts cinema, science fiction, underground comics and worlds more.

Steve was amongst the earliest members of the Gang of Fort, who launched Fortean Times magazine in the early 1970s, and the author of a great many influential comics and short stories for publications including 2000AD, Warrior, Dr Who magazine and, most recently, the Hercules series for Radical Publishing. At the time of his death he was working on a number of new projects, including his ongoing, privately published Tales of Telguuth and The Bumper Book of Magic, with his lifelong friend Alan Moore.

In 2011 Steve gave a rare interview to Aug Stone of The Quietus, while Alan Moore’s book and album project, Unearthing, explored Steve’s life, their friendship and their magical relationship in great detail.

I’m lucky enough to own one of the signed limited edition hardcovers of Steve Moore’s Somnium, and in a nice/tragic little synchronicity had pulled the book out of its safe storage a few days ago after reading through a couple of Alan Moore biographies (which yielded its own little synchronicity last weekend).

Somnium

Those familiar with Steve Moore’s work will appreciate the beauty of the Strange Attractor comment that he passed away “under a beautiful Spring full Moon”. Safe travels sir.

Link: Steve Moore 1949 – 2014