RIP – F. A. Nettelbeck, American Poet, 1950 – 2011

I just learned yesterday that poet F. A. Nettelbeck died January 20, 2011.  I’d been aware of him since the early 1970s when I bought a couple issues of his mimeo magazine, THROB, for the Bukowski contents.  No doubt I read a few of Nettelbeck’s poems over the decades, but I didn’t really pay attention to his work until about a year ago, when I read some excerpts from his most famous book, BUG DEATH, and was impressed.  I contacted him, hoping to buy copies of his publications, and we exchanged letters and chapbooks over the past year.  I last heard from him when he inscribed a copy of his latest book to me on January 4th.  I wrote back — too late — in early February, telling him that it was another strong collection.   Here’s a link to an excellent article in the Santa Cruz News by Stephen Kessler that describes better than I could why Nettelbeck’s work matters.

(Link fixed 4/2/2011)


About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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