In Memoriam: Dr Dave Evans

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As owner and editor of LAShTAL.COM, I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of an old friend of the site and a witty correspondent by email over many years: Dr Dave Evans.

This from the Albion Calling website:

It is with a heavy heart that I must publicly announce the passing of Dr. Dave Evans, a brilliant scholar of western esotericism who made a substantial contribution to the field by documenting the various twists and turns of the British occult milieu since 1947. A practising magician as well as a historian, Dave was the author of both Aleister Crowley and the 20th Century Synthesis of Magic (2001) and The History of British Magick After Crowley (2007), works based on his doctoral thesis undertaken at Bristol University under Ronald Hutton.

 He was also the co-editor of Ten Years of Triumph of the Moon (2009), and editor of The Enduring Problems with Prophecy (2012), publishing articles and papers in a wide range of different sources, both academic and popular. Furthermore, he was the mastermind behind the Academic Study of Magic list-serve, and with Alison Butler was responsible for creating the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic; both of these ventures have been of real importance in bringing academics interested in the study of western esotericism, witchcraft, and other allied areas together in constructive dialogue…

Having been diagnosed with a terminal illness earlier this summer, Dave decided to live out his last days amongst the beautiful scenery of New Zealand, where he passed away yesterday on his own terms. Dave, I hope you are finally at peace. Thank you for everything that you achieved and gave to the world. You are going to be missed.

He certainly will be…


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