Hat tips: multiple people
This deserves its own entry by now, lest the comments clutter up my previous entry, which had nothing to do with Dagstine.
This came up on my FB feed a few moments ago
“Lawrence Dagstine Hi folks, my name is Vance, and I have bad news. It is with great regret that Lawrence Dagstine, fiction writer, has died of a drug overdose in Coney Island Hospital. He was 36 at the time of admission where, it is said, he took 100 painklliers at once. Im learning more as time goes on. Were from the same neighborhood, hung out plenty in CI, and got me into reading SF. At this moment he is survived by one son”
“Lawrence Dagstine Lawrence R. Dagstine, R.I.P., author of the speculative, weird, and fantastic.
about an hour ago via Mobile Web · Comment · Like”
Apparently, someone called Vance has posted on Dagstine’s facebook page that he committed suicide on the 23rd.
I hope this is not some sick joke. But Daggy has been known to use alts and to make fake claims (ear cancer).
Due to all the bad press lately, I suspect he is trying to get rid of the Dagstine name. He may re-invent himself under a new author name and start fresh.
I am just guessing. But I hope this is the case.
I may not like the guy, but I certainly don’t want him to off himself.
Check shocklines as well for updates.
Considering that his alleged death happened nearly a week ago, there should have been some confirmation by now, via obit, funeral arrangement announcements, etc. There have been none for either his Lawrence Dagstine pen name, or for anyone with a name similar to his legal name in the state of New York.
The stated cause of death (swallowing 100 painkiller pills) is highly unlikely, given what really happens to people after they do that. This, coupled with the ear cancer hoax from a couple of years ago, leads me to believe this is also a hoax.
The thread at Shocklines about it is interesting. It seems that Ramsey Campbell is suspicious, too.
I was struck that here (http://lawrencedagstine.com/2010/02/12/lawrence-dagstine-how-to-make-5000-00-from-writing/) he says “I sell most of my works a minimum of three times each.” Forgive me – I stumbled on this while looking for online reports of his death. It seems odd that there appear to have been none other than the one originally cited, but if I’m being unfair I apologise to his kin.
It’s no secret that I don’t like Dagstine. Why would I like anyone who claims to have driven across state lines to watch my house, and stalk me? Who does shit like that? However, I would never wish death on him, or anybody else for that matter.
The following comment from Peter Tennant on my previous entry got stuck in moderation, so I didn’t see it until moments ago.
No date of death has been given on Facebook. Vance only said that he was admitted to Coney Island Hospital by ambulance on the 22nd.
People started to point out that he’d updated Facebook on the 24th. Vance’s reply boiled down to, well if you don’t believe me ring the hospital.
Then somebody called John Cashin showed up demanding who Vance was and how he’d got Larry’s password, and calling bullshit. John Cashin is shown as his sibling on Dagstine’s Info page.
Current state of play is half the people seem to only be reading the first post and are expressing sympathy, and the other half are reading everything and wanting to string up Vance.