More typical of Lortz's preoccupation with infinite sadness and the monstrosities which it produces is Bereavements, re-released as part of the WhiteWolf / Borealis horror line in 1995. The story is both original and fascinating: A wealthy New York widow, in attempting to come to terms with the death of her teenage son, searches for ways to cheat mortality. One is to advertise in the Village Voice for a replacement son, using the ad, "Mother who lost son, seeks son who lost mother." This ad att
Richard Lortz died unexpectedly on November 5, 1980. He was sixty-three years old. A playwright and painter as well as a novelist, his prose combined the lyricism and theatricality of Tennessee Williams and the surrealism of Max Ernst. In addition to his extraordinary talent, he possessed great artistic integrity. While open to other ideas, he had his own sense of asthetics, would not compromise them, and on more than one occasion turned down substantial book and film contracts because of his unwillingness to relinquish control to those whose artistry he doubted. As his publishers, we surely miss him.