I just found out Keith Herber died this morning. Among many other accomplishments, he wrote some of the best RPG supplements every made, most notably several of the finest books created for Call of Cthulhu.
I only met Keith once that I recall, outside the Fleetwood Diner in Ann Arbor, Michigan, back when I was going to college there. At the time, I had no idea who he was, just another guy into games, like me, but I remember a friend of mine (Bryan Winter, I think) later telling me all about him, pointing out that Keith’s Arkham Unveiled was dedicated to the Dawn Treader, the best used-book store in a literary town.
Reading up on Keith, I see how our orbits crossed more than once. Besides living in Ann Arbor at the same time as me, he used to work for High Voltage Software, for which I’ve also done some writing.
Keith fell out of RPG writing for a while, but he thankfully returned to it just last year, founding Miskatonic River Press to publish his efforts. While Keith is gone, he left us many gems to remember him by, and here’s hoping his partners at MRP manage to solider on in his stead.