Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (1955-2020)

Photo by Katrin Pulver

Author and editor JOSEPH S. PULVER, SR., 64, died April 24, 2020 in Germany after being hospitalized for COPD and other issues. He was best known for his work on Mythos fiction. Anthology The Grimscribe’s Puppets (2013) was a Bram Stoker Award finalist and won a Shirley Jackson Award, while Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ King in Yellow Mythos (2015) was a World Fantasy Award finalist.  

Pulver began publishing short fiction in the ’90s, and scores of his stories have appeared since, with many collected in Blood Will Have Its Season (2009)Sin & Ashes (2010)Portraits of Ruin (2012), and A House of Hollow Wounds (2015). His novels include Nightmare’s Disciple (1999) and The Orphan Palace appeared in 2011. He edited numerous other anthologies as well, including Aklonomicon (2012with Ivan McCann), A Season in Carcosa (2012), The Doom That Came to Providence (2015), Shirley Jackson Award finalist The Madness of Dr. Caligari (2016), Walk on the Weird Side (2017), and Darker Companions (2017 with Scott David Aniolowski). He edited various Mythos publications, including Midnight Shambler and Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, co-edited Crypt of Cthulhu, and guest edited the special King in Yellow issue of Lovecraft eZine in 2014. 

Pulver was born July 5, 1955 in Schenectady NY, and lived in upstate New York until moving to Berlin, Germany in his fifties. He is survived by wife Katrin Pulver. 

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