I just learned of the passing last Thursday of cartoonist and author Gahan Wilson. Although most of us know of him from his macabre cartoons (the New Yorker posted a retrospective of them in his memory), he was also a published SF author.

Wilson's best-known story, from Harlan Ellison's anthology Again, Dangerous Visions, doesn't even have a "title": It's just a little ink blob on the page that's also one of the main characters.

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    I've seen that listed as "*", "blot", "spot" and "[spot]".
    – DavidW
    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:57
  • @DavidW Also "Inksplot"
    – Jacob C.
    Dec 3, 2019 at 0:31

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I remember his dark cartoons from National Lampoon 50 years ago. And when I say dark, I mean, probably not something that would not be censored in most places. One was entitled Hide and Seek -- I wonder if anyone remembers the one I am referring to? I don't want to give it away but if u did see it in 1972 or so, I bet u remember it too.

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