So sad to belatedly hear of Neal's passing. We met one time when he came by to visit his daughter Kathy, who lived across from me in the long-gone Bannister Apartments in Dallas. I read some of Neal's sci-fi, and admired a sculpture he had done near Lee Park in the Oak Lawn area. Neal was quite creative.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
I remember Neal writing and directing plays at the early age of probably 10-12. We were home for family gatherings and we put these plays on for our parents and charged them a quarter. He had a brilliant mind even then. Cousin Carol I will miss him.
Rest in peace. You will be missed by all of us in the neighborhood.
Say hello to Dwight for me, Neal, and thank you for being kind to yet another fan of your wonderful work.
A great man, he will be sadly missed.
So sorry to hear of Neal's passing! I remember my father, Chad Oliver, talking about what a great writer he was and a friend. RIP, Neal.
I knew Neal for almost twenty years and shared many a lunch with him and his beautiful wife Ruth. Neal was a charming raconteur and wrote strange and witty fiction like nobody else. I'll miss him forever. My deepest condolences to Ruth and the family.
They broke the mold, folks.
Neal was my best friend. I share your sorrow.
Sorry for your loss of your beloved. Many hearts are grieving with you at this time. May the Hearer of Prayers grant peace and comfort. Psalm 65:2
Neal and I met in the early nineties at some coffee shop event where we both read from very strange books we had written. We agreed that the books we read from would make us rich and famous. Neither of us became rich, but we were famous in parts of south Austin. We tried to talk each other out of uncommercial projects, but as far as I can tell we were never successful. We ate a lot of Chinese food. For twenty years we were best friends, and his departure seems a little abrupt, but that's the way it works in the hereafter gang. He was an amazing writer, and I miss him.
Several few weeks ago, an internet friend from the Austin area told me about “The Hearafter Gang” and i'm happily in the middle of it now... this is a sad time to hear such news... my thoughts go out to him and his friends/family. Bless y'all - tom g.
I enjoyed so much having lunch regularly with Neal, his wife Ruth, and a few other writers over the past years. The last time was in November. There was no one else like him. Great friend, great writer. RIP, dear Neal. Life won't be the same without you. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort all who mourn and give His peace, which passes understanding.
Neal was a fine person and a fabulous writer. He was always a joy to be around.