Last night, a light went out in the podcasting firmament. We lost one of our own, P.G. Holyfield. This past weekend, it was announced on the site of PG’s latest project SpecFic Media, that PG had been diagnosed with a particular type of fast acting cancer. His first symptoms were noticed in July, and by the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had already progressed beyond the point of any treatment. With that announcement, a fund was started to raise money to help defray P.G.’s medical bills, and to help provide for his three daughters. In 24 hours that fund raised over $10,000 dollars. Unfortunately, that is still a drop in the bucket with the outrageous medical costs in the States. P.G. may be gone, but he still needs our help.
P.G. is perhaps best known for his novel, and long, long, long, running podcast, Murder at Avedon Hill. P.G. is also a talented voice actor, and an active participant in the fan and new media communities at Dragon Con and Balticon. He will be sorely missed.Cracking up at the live performance of Stargazers episode 4 at Balticon. Photo by Bruce Press.
I only knew P.G. for the past five years, and not really as well as I would have liked. I first met him at Balticon 44, right after the publication of Murder at Avedon Hill, and one of the first things he and Tee Morris did was take my camera from me and shoot a bunch of silly selfies with it.
In recent years, P.G. was known as the ringleader for the podcast Beyond the Wall – A Game of Thrones Podcast. Along with cohosts Chooch Schubert, Vivid Muse, Christiana Ellis, and Nuchtchas, P.G. provided fan commentary on each episode of the HBO Game of Thrones series. It is hard to grasp the fact that we won’t be hearing the “old Grump” complaining about changes from the original story on the podcast anymore.
Thank you, P.G. for all the laughs and entertainment that you’ve shared with us over the years. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a trilby without thinking of you. Or take a sip of Tuaca. I can’t help the feeling of being cliff-hangered one more time.
Damn you, Holyfield.
And now, his watch is over,
And the duty turns to us.
Rest well, Patrick. You did good.