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Gahan Wilson (1930–2019)

Author of The Big Book of Freaks

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Includes the names: Wilson Gahan, Gaham Wilson

Image credit: Gahan Wilson photographed by Rachel Lovinger

Works by Gahan Wilson

The Big Book of Freaks (1996) 113 copies
And Then We'll Get Him (1978) 112 copies
I Paint What I See. (1745) 94 copies
Classics Illustrated #01: The Raven and Other Poems (1831) — Adaptation — 81 copies
Gahan Wilson's Still Weird (1994) 79 copies
Nuts (1979) 67 copies
Gahan Wilson's Even Weirder (1996) 66 copies
Eddy Deco's Last Caper (1987) 62 copies
Everybody's Favorite Duck (1988) 59 copies
Playboy's Gahan Wilson (1973) 42 copies
Matthew Looney's invasion of the earth (1965) — Illustrator — 42 copies
Gahan Wilson's America (1985) 39 copies
Is Nothing Sacred? (1982) 38 copies
Animals, Animals, Animals (1979) 27 copies
Gahan Wilson's Out There (2016) 24 copies
First World fantasy awards (1977) 22 copies
Harry the Fat Bear Spy (1973) 20 copies
Gahan Wilson's the Ultimate Haunted House (1996) — Editor — 19 copies
Grave diggers' Party (2002) 18 copies
Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics (2013) 17 copies
Harry and the Sea Serpent (1976) 7 copies
The Bang Bang family (1974) 4 copies
* [short story] 3 copies
Sea Gulls 2 copies
Traps 2 copies
Ghoul Days 1 copy

Associated Works

Snow White, Blood Red (1993) — Contributor — 1,750 copies
A Night in the Lonesome October (1993) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,527 copies
Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (2008) — Map, some editions — 1,453 copies
Unnatural Creatures (2013) — Contributor — 1,218 copies
Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contributor — 981 copies
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995) — Contributor — 943 copies
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 810 copies
Death: The Deluxe Edition (2012) — Illustrator — 631 copies
Dark Forces (1980) — Contributor — 565 copies
Cthulhu 2000 (1995) — Contributor — 463 copies
Murder for Christmas (1982) — Illustrator, some editions — 448 copies
Great Ghost Stories (1985) — Contributor — 392 copies
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Cover artist, some editions — 347 copies
Dark Delicacies (2005) — Contributor — 272 copies
Hellboy: Odd Jobs (2003) — Contributor — 270 copies
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (2000) — Contributor — 259 copies
A Walking Tour of the Shambles (2002) — Cover artist, some editions — 245 copies
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (2011) — Contributor — 224 copies
Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (2002) — Contributor — 220 copies
Blood Is Not Enough: 17 Stories of Vampirism (1989) — Illustrator — 219 copies
Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos (1992) — Illustrator, some editions — 210 copies
The Big Book of Weirdos (1995) — Introduction — 203 copies
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Illustrator — 197 copies
The New Lovecraft Circle (1996) — Illustrator, some editions — 185 copies
The Dark (2003) — Contributor — 175 copies
The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons (1992) — Contributor — 175 copies
Judge Sn Goes Golfing (2009) — Cover artist, some editions — 159 copies
Graphic Classics: H. P. Lovecraft (2007) — Illustrator — 143 copies
Ghost Stories (1991) — Contributor — 140 copies
Dark Masques (2001) — Contributor — 136 copies
Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead (1954) — Contributor — 132 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004) — Contributor — 111 copies
Gathering the Bones (2003) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 19th Series (1971) — Cover artist, some editions — 106 copies
Lovecraft's Legacy (1775) — Contributor — 104 copies
Best SF: 1971 (1972) — Contributor — 86 copies
Twists of the Tale: An Anthology of Cat Horror (1996) — Contributor — 86 copies
Darker Masques (2002) — Contributor — 84 copies
Wheel of Fortune (1995) — Contributor — 78 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 17 (1828) — Contributor — 78 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 15th Series (1966) — Illustrator, some editions — 77 copies
Best New Horror 2 (1991) — Contributor — 77 copies
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Contributor — 73 copies
Such Stuff As Screams Are Made Of (1979) — Introduction, some editions — 72 copies
Think Small (1965) — Contributor — 71 copies
The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi (1988) — Foreword — 71 copies
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural (1967) — Contributor — 70 copies
On Pirates (2001) — Illustrator — 69 copies
Chog, a Gothic fable (1979) — Illustrator, some editions — 68 copies
Pilot Light (2007) — Illustrator — 65 copies
Murder for Christmas [abridged edition] (1982) — Illustrator, some editions — 58 copies
Graphic Classics: Ambrose Bierce (2003) — Author, some editions — 57 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 20th Series (1973) — Illustrator — 56 copies
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humour (1982) — Contributor; Illustrator — 55 copies
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Contributor — 53 copies
Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense (1994) — Contributor — 53 copies
Speechless (2001) — Introduction, some editions — 53 copies
Masques: All New Works of Horror and the Supernatural (1984) — Contributor — 50 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 17th Series (1968) — Illustrator — 49 copies
Frights (1976) — Contributor — 46 copies
Psycho-Paths (1840) — Contributor — 44 copies
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 18th Series (1969) — Illustrator — 40 copies
A Death Gallery #1 (1994) — Illustrator — 36 copies
Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night (1945) — Illustrator — 35 copies
Best Of Masques (1988) — Contributor — 30 copies
Granny's fish story (1975) — Illustrator — 28 copies
Omni Best Science Fiction Three (1993) — Contributor — 27 copies
Asimov's Sherlockian Limericks (1978) — Illustrator — 24 copies
Night chills : stories of suspense and horror (1975) — Contributor — 22 copies
Worlds of Cthulhu (2012) — Illustrator, some editions — 20 copies
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction August 1980, Vol. 59, No. 2 (1980) — Cover artist; Cartoonist — 18 copies
Maria Looney and the Remarkable Robot (1979) — Illustrator — 18 copies
Great Writers and Kids Write Spooky Stories (1995) — Illustrator, some editions — 18 copies
The Madness of Dr. Caligari (2016) — Illustrator, some editions — 17 copies
Masques IV (1991) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1974, Vol. 46, No. 6 (1974) — Illustrator, some editions — 16 copies
The fantastic art of Clark Ashton Smith, (1973) — Introduction — 15 copies
The Endless Gallery (1995) — Illustrator — 12 copies
SF Inventing the Future (1972) — Contributor — 11 copies
Legacies (2010) — Illustrator — 8 copies
Catch Your Breath: A Book of Shivery Poems (1973) — Illustrator — 7 copies
Tales From the Red Lion (2007) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Hairticklers (1989) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Realms of Fantasy, April 1998 (Vol. 4, No. 4) (1998) — Contributor — 5 copies
Ghosttide: Tales of Horror, Dark Fantasy, Suspense (1992) — Contributor — 4 copies
Playboy Magazine | October 1963 | Teddi Smith (1963) — Contributor — 3 copies
Playboy Magazine | May 1963 (1963) — Contributor — 3 copies
Realms of Fantasy, December 1994 (Vol. 1 No. 2) (1994) — Contributor — 3 copies
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine | May 1982 (1982) — Contributor — 2 copies
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine | January 1982 (1982) — Contributor — 2 copies
Harper's Magazine 1989 Oct. — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Wilson, Gahan Allen
Birthdate
1930-02-18
Date of death
2019-11-21
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Place of death
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Cause of death
dementia
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Education
Art Institute of Chicago
Occupations
author
cartoonist
illustrator
Relationships
Winters, Nancy (wife)
Organizations
Collier's
Playboy
National Lampoon
Awards and honors
Bram Stoker Award (1991)
International Horror Guild Living Legend (2004)
Short biography
I hope that the notes from his family, and the website, stay up for a while, or at least that they all get archived somewhere.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/gahan-wilson-team-effort

The GoFundMe campaign is closed, but there are the comments for Gahan's last days, and it's very touching to see the love from his stepchildren (Paul Winters was a stepson).

Goodbye to you, brave soul.

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Eddy Deco’s Last Caper (1987) by Gahan Wilson. You may best know Mr. Wilson as a cartoonists and artist. His works have often appeared in the New Yorker and Playboy as well as many other magazines. His work is strange but funny, if you can get the joke.
This is an illustrated detective noir set in something that resembles a New York of the 1940s. The title character is a down-on-his-heels detective of the title and there is a murder to be solved. From this point in the story begins to become bizarre, a world that Mr. Wilson has drawn before. And a nice surprise is the narrative is broken by illustrations that give the reader Eddy’s view of the situation, something novel in a novel.
The book stands up to rereading as it is easy to forget what very unexpected twists there are. But like the mysteries of the golden age, all the clues to the identity of the killer is on display. It is up to you a solve it if you can.
Enjoy to voyage back to another place and time.
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TomDonaghey | Dec 13, 2021 |
I was born the year this book was published: 1965. Man had not yet been to the moon. Sometime in the early or mid 1970s I got this book for Christmas. It was a favorite immediately! I loved science fiction, and I loved humor, and like most any young child, I loved stories where the child-hero holds a position of importance. There is no telling how many times I re-read this light, fun story. Nothing too profound here, just entertainment.
Upon finding a copy in a used bookstore, I was delighted to relive a bit of my childhood. And unlike so many things that one relives from their childhood, this one held up! I enjoyed it yet again.
The citizens of the Moon are split. Some want to go to Earth and discover what is there. Others want to just blow it up because it's ugly and in the way.
Matthew Looney, a moonchild of unspecified age is selected to go on a mission to Earth. They land somewhere in the swamps of Florida near Cape Kennedy. I enjoyed once again seeing Matthew's delight and confusion at his first encounter with Earthlings (flamingos) and his commanding officer's more alarming encounter (alligators). I relished their horror when it begins to rain, and they are convinced the Earth people are attacking them with poisonous water-bullets. At this point, the expedition is so terrified, they take off to return to the moon, leaving Matthew behind (rather E.T. like). It is then up to Matthew Looney, moon boy, to save both the Earth and the Moon from annihilating each other.
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