The Passing of Paul Edson


UPDATE: The linked post has been updated with information about memorial services and where to send cards and other condolences.

Yesterday we learned our good friend Paul Edson passed away. Paul was the co-producer of The Gauntlet Podcast, Fear of a Black Dragon, and Discern Realities. He was also a long-time member of The Gauntlet community. Our statement on his passing can be found here:

If you have any thoughts or condolences you’d like to share, please do so here or in the comments of the linked post.


Please let us know if the team, or Paul’s family, needs any help during this trying time. We have them in our hearts.


I’ve known and respected Paul for years. He was an important part of many of our communities, and a wonderful person.

I’m local; if there is a call for physical presence, please let me know.


Paul was the gentlest soul. To say that I’ll miss seeing him at Camp Nerdly is such an understatement. I did not know him well, but he made an impact on me. I can only imagine how those closer to him are grieving right now. Hugs.

“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”
Terry Pratchett


I have updated the post to include information about memorial services.


I was unable to make the trip to Paul’s memorial service, but I wanted to share a bit of an account that one of his good friends, Linda (who he sang opera with), sent to me:
“The church was full - even the balcony. It made me so happy. All our opera peeps showed, 50+ members of the Washington National Opera Chorus. I went to the aerie after the reception was over to continue celebrating him there. None of his family spoke, but his brother wrote up some wonderful remarks, including the fact that even as a youngster Paul had trouble sleeping. Brother Tony said that the only thing that would calm him was listening to a favorite song - over and over and over!! The song? Little Fat Policeman. Not exactly sure how this is sleep-inducing, which gives us further insight… Anyway, all these hard-partying Eagles went completely silent while Little Fat Policeman was played over the sound system. Followed by a toast with a shot of Fireball. Don’t ask.”

This made me happy to hear and I wanted to share it with the community.