OBITUARY: Devin Freed-Karns, 40

Below is an obituary from Shea Family Funeral Homes:

WILMINGTON, MA — Devin Freed-Karns, 40, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Wilmington recently. He was the author of The Pawn’s Game fantasy trilogy (Openings, Gambits, and Sacrifices) under the pen name Victor Nox, and the founder of The Karns Archive, a non-profit created to catalog and preserve artifacts of cultural legends and mystical practices.

Son of the late Bedford Karns and Erin Freed, Devin was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on September 19, 1980. He was raised in Western Mass and attended Drury High School in North Adams MA in the late 1990’s where he played football and won the Rookie of the Year Award for wrestling in 1998. He also played football for Mohawk Regional High in Buckland MA and graduated from there in 1999. He went on to earn his Associates Degree at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

He moved to the Deerfield Valley in Vermont in 2013 to write his fantasy novels and build his non-profit, The Karns Archive. He will be remembered for his imaginative storytelling, his dedication to preserving artifacts of legends and mysticism, and for his wry sense of humor.

Devin will be missed by all who knew him including his mother Erin Freed and step father William Johnson, both of Longmeadow, MA, his brother Gandy Freed-Karns of Easthampton, MA, his sister Caitlin Freed of Northampton, MA and many extended family members, Twitter followers and friends.

A private online memorial service will take place on Wednesday, January 27th at 8pm. To receive an invitation, contact Devin’s mother, Erin Freed, at

Devin Freed-Karns

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