Walt Liebscher

(May 7, 1918 — February 1985)

Fan, originally from Joliet, Illlinois. In 1943, Liebscher was living in Battle Creek, Michigan, which he referred to as "Fracas River," working for the Civil Service. He was one of the original Slan Shack residents when Abby Lu and Al Ashley bought their house. From the early 40s until 1946, he published the fanzine Chanticleer, publishing the seventh, and final, issue in 1946 after he moved to California. He also published a second fanzine, Walt's Wramblings from 1943 to 1946.

Writing of Chanticleer, Harry Warner, Jr. said, "Then there were the incredible things Liebscher did with typewriter art. He specialized in little faces with subtle expressions which no fan to my knowledge has imitated since Ted Pauls used them in Kipple a few years back. The contents page was frequently a dazzling display of inventive borders and separating lines. Variety was imparted to some pages simply by running down one margin a repeated motif created from various characters."

After moving to California, Liebscher's activity diminished and he may have Gafiated. He did attend Nycon II in 1956 and during Solacon two years later he threw a house party.

Beginning in 1959, Liebscher began publishing short fiction in the prozines, with the story "Alien Cornucopia" appearing in Science Fiction Stories. In 1974, several of his stories and poems were collected by Fantasy House in the collection Alien Carnival. His only story to appear after the publication of his collection, "The Room at Inglenook" appeared in Fantasy Book in 1981.

He received the Big Heart Award in 1981.

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