September 22nd, 2009


Keith "Doc" Herber

Very sorry to learn of my friend and colleague Keith "Doc" Herber's untimely passing just this past March. No one told me, I actually stumbled across this news while idly looking up friends' names on Wikipedia, as one is wont to do while procrastinating. According to a newspaper obit, the cause was sudden heart failure. He was 60.

Sad news. I knew "Doc" from back in my DarkTales Publications days, when he, I and David Nordhaus published the likes of J. Michael Straczynski, Mort Castle, Ramsey Campbell, Yvonne Navarro and others. As our production guy and sometimes editor, "Doc" kept us working hard and to the best of our abilities. I hadn't spoken with him in a good half-decade, maybe more, not since he moved to Florida, but regardless, he will be missed. It feels like the final punctuation mark on the end of an era.