Author: Robin Hardy
Profile: Robin Hardy is a Canadian writer, author and journalist. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 12, 1952 and died in Tonto National Forest, Arizona on October 28, 1995. He spent his growing years in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Ottawa, Ontario. Robin Hardy studied creative writing at the University of Alberta and received his degree in Law at Dalhousie University after which he settled in Toronto. In Ontario, he was the first paid staff member and activist of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
In the year 1984, he moved to New York City and became a founding member of Publishing Triangle and editor for Cloverdale Press. In 1993 he relocated to Tucson, Arizona. He died in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, in a hiking accident.
Writing style: Robin Hardy has written for a number of horror, young adult, mystery and science fiction novels primarily under pen names. In 1994, he published only one novel under his name, Call of the Wendigo.
‘The Landscape of Death: Gy Men, AIDS and the Crisis of Desire’ was his unfinished non-fiction manuscript which later was completed by David Groff and published in 1999 under the title Crisis of Desire: AIDS and Fate of Gay Brotherhood.
While in Toronto, he was editor and staff writer of a well known Canadian gay magazine, called The Body Politic.
For CBC Radio he produced radio documentaries also and made contributions to various publications including Fuse, Canadian Forum and NOW.
Robin has been a freelance contributor also to different publications including Penthouse, Village Voice and The Advocate in the era.
All through his life he has also written poetry, but this was never published as a book, however it was submitted as a short story called ‘Ghosts’ to the annual CBC Literary Competition.
Awards and Acknowledgements:
Shortlisted nominee in the Gay Studies at the 12th Lambda Literary Awards (Crisis of Desire: AIDS and the Fate of Gay Brotherhood
A number of his manuscripts and papers are held by the archives of the New York Public Library
Robin Hardy, Norman Elder and Scott Symons were a subject of a chapter in Ian Young’s 2013 book Encounters with Authors: Essays on Scott Symons, Robin Hardy, Norman Elder