Edythe Eyde

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(November 7, 1921 – December 22, 2015)

Edythe Eyde (who may be more widely remembered by her pseudonym Tigrina) was an early LA area fan and active member of LASFS, serving as secretary in the mid-1940s.

Raised in rural Fremont, California, Eyde wrote her first letter to VOM as a college sophomore at Mills College in 1941 under the name “Tigrina.” She became life-long friends with VOM publisher Forrest J. Ackerman and contributed illustrations and poetry to numerous fanzines.

While working as a secretary at RKO Studios in 1947, she began publishing the first known lesbian publication in America, Vice Versa, during slow times at work. Supportive of her alternative lifestyle, Ackerman wrote reviews for the zine under the name “Laurajean Emayne.”

Edythe lived and worked in the LA area for the rest of her life, writing and performing folk music, reading science fiction and advocating for cat adoption.

Some say that she published the first filkzine, entitled Hymn to Satan, which may have contained words for music for a Black Mass the she and other occultists hoped to perform.

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