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Roy A. Squires (Read 2795 times)
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Roy A. Squires
23. Feb 2008 at 02:19
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Looking recently in my copy of "Strange Shadows: The Uncollected Fiction and Essays of Clark Ashton Smith" ed by Steve Behrends et al, I noticed it was dedicated to Roy Squires. Is this not the same person that Blaylock dedicated "Paper Grail" to? Is not Roy Squires the basis for the character Uncle Roy? Also does not Roy Squires appear in "Thirteen Phantasms" as Roycroft Squires? These questions have been on my mind for years, and my internet research skills are only slightly better than my writing. Bad writing aside- these questions do have some bearing on West Coast literary history.
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Reply #1 - 02. Mar 2008 at 20:01
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Yes, Roy Squires was pretty well-known in SciFi and Fantasy book crowds back in the seventies and eighties.

He was a seller of used and rare books, issuing a number of book catalogs, and he also was known for printing up super-fine grade short poems and little chapbooks which were done up letterpress in a time-consuming fashion.

Squires was friends with both Blaylock and Powers, and so Blaylock did mention him here and there.

Squires was of huge influence in the small press and rare press world of SciFi and Fantasy, inspiring quite a number of people directly and indirectly to start up small presses that issued limited edition works. One such press, Cheap Street, was operated by Jan O'Nale who was variously friends with Squires. The only publishing project that Squires got involved in with Blaylock and Powers was the Cheap Street joke prospectus of the Ashbless Twelve Hours of the Night. Squires probably advised a little on it, and may have provided a portion of the funding to do it, and he was involved in the excedingly small distribution after.

One of Blaylock's short stories involves a modern guy who mails off to Squire's old address for stuff.

It's a shame that more folx don't know about Squires, considering that he sorta sparked a whole lot of the artificial-scarcity market in fantastic fiction.
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Reply #2 - 03. Mar 2008 at 18:34
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My Thanks Silver! You have no idea how long I have wondered about this "character". I am glad Blaylock is keeping his memory alive with some fun fiction.
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