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UK comics writer Steve Moore passes away at age 64

steve mooreVeteran British writer Steve Moore, one of the original contributors to The Fortean Times who’s also credited with teaching a young Alan Moore how to write comics scripts, passed away over the weekend at age 64.

The news was first reported this morning by Strange Attractor, a journal for which Moore regularly wrote. “Steve was a warm, wise and gentle man, with a surreal sense of humour and an astoundingly deep knowledge that covered history, the I Ching, forteana, magic, oriental mysticism, martial arts cinema, science fiction, underground comics and worlds more,” the remembrance states.

A contributor to 2000AD, Warrior and Doctor Who Magazine, Moore’s list of accomplishments includes pioneering the Future Shocks story format and co-creating “Red Fang,” “Valkyries” and Axel Pressbutton. A longtime friend of Alan Moore (no relation), he wrote “Young Tom Strong” and “Jonni Future” in Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales, as well as a novelization of the film V For Vendetta.

Alan Moore wrote na essay in 2006 about his friend called “Unearthing,” which he later narrated as an audiobook. At the time of Steve Moore’s death, the two were collaborating on The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic, to be published by Top Shelf Productions.

Asked in 2011 how “Unearthing” affected his life, Moore replied, “It’s a bit hard to say. At least no one’s cried ‘Burn him!’ (Yet.) I tend to look on the whole thing with bewildered surprise. … as I’ve said elsewhere, I think everyone tends to define ‘normal behaviour’ by what they do themselves, so when someone thinks you’re interesting enough to write about, you tend to think, ‘Why?’ And when it then becomes an audio-recording, a soon-to-be-published photo-illustrated book, and who knows what else in future, you can see why I’m baffled! On a day-to-day basis, I can’t say it’s really affected my life so far. What it’s probably done, though, is to make me a bit more confident. After all, Alan’s done such a thorough exposure of me I’ve really got nothing left to hide. Everyone can see I’m a lunatic, so I might as well just get on with it!”

Moore’s most recent comics work was on Radical Publishing’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which is being adapted for film.

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Very sad news. In my world there’s been a Steve Moore as long as there have been comics. His was one of the first names I learned in my primary school days when he was still ‘Sunny Steve Moore’ of the Odhams group legendary Power Comics line.

And then he went on to write for most of the other influential UK comics and magazines I graduated to in later life. Gutted to know he won’t be around to write anything during my own twilight years.

OMG, I so remember his Doctor Who comic work. Rest in Peace.

Steve was a dear friend. I’m devastated.

Not only a seminal figure in British comics, Steve was also an accomplished scholar, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and editor of “The Oracle, the Journal of Yijing Studies”.

I was sorry to find out about this. I posted a few thoughts about Steve Moore’s work on my blog…

http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/steve-moore-1949-2014/

What a terrible loss for comics and mystic academia. Condolences to his family and friends, particularly Alan.

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