Poet Al Masarik has died

Al Masarik, a poet well known in the small press magazine scene of the 1960s and 70s, died in the early hours of January 4, 2015. I don’t recall having had any contact with him back then, although it’s possible, but I did read his stuff all the time and considered him one of the best poets around in those days. I’m not sure if I even have any of his chapbooks any more, although I did years ago. Although I didn’t know him, I’m sorry to hear this sad news. Seems everything and everyone goes down that rat hole sooner or later. I couldn’t find any obituaries on Google, so let this serve as a modest one. Rest in peace, Al.


Edited 1/9/2015 to add the following, most likely partial, bibliography of Al Masarik’s books:

Invitation to a Dying (1972) — With an introduction by Charles Bukowski.

Red Mountain, Agatha Christie & Love (1976).  I read this one and may still have a copy.

Nonesuch Creek, New and Selected Poems, 1969-1979 (1980).



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 Shoggoth.net. 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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