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Rest In Peace Mr. Engeldrum

August 2, 2012

David Engeldrum died on July 29. I did not know the man personally, but I know his writer’s voice, a refined blend of comedy and self-consciousness, often mixed with a hint of sadness. I know his writer’s perspective: a belief in the surreal, that life might take a wicked left turn at any moment and pull the rug out from under you, a belief in the messiness and ambiguity of life. His writing showed that he carefully weighed his word choices, that he was willing to make words his art.

I was first contacted by David in 2011, when we were open to submissions, and he sent us his short fiction collection, Adulterated.  Adulterated was kicked around here for a while. The writing was clearly sophisticated, but- from my editorial perspective- some of the plot elements just weren’t working out for us. Three different people read it with three different takes. Finally, I contacted him and made an offer; we would publish Adulterated after cutting a few stories and asking him to revise a few more.

David and I engaged in some email dialogue and finally came to an understanding. It was only after we both had committed that he let me know that he had  Glioblastoma, brain cancer. That was in April.

Over the next few months, we exchanged a few emails, and he sent updated versions of three if his stories, then on May 3, he sent me a correspondence that he was going to be participating in a clinical trial at the National Cancer Institute. That was the last message I received from him.

On July 30, a family friend sent me a note that he had passed away.

Despite the fact that I spend a lot of my time writing and communicating, I have a hard time framing a narrative about my feelings towards death, except to say that it stings, and that it makes life feel stripped-down and hollow. He was 45, and I’m sure David had many dreams and plans for his future. I am so sorry and sad to hear that he is gone.

If you would like to make a memorial donation help support Mr. Engeldrum’s daughters in the wake of his passing, please send a check to:  D. Engeldrum Children’s Education Fund, at Box 1197, Bellmore, NY 11710.

– Armand Inezian

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2013 10:06 pm

    Dave was a lovely person and a talented writer. I hope you’re able to publish his work.

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