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09:58 am: The Last Closet — the truth about Marion Zimmer Bradley and her Child-Molesting Husband

This book was written by a friend. Even the excerpts have been painful to read. I am definitely buying it to support her. Whether I will have the strength to actually read it, I don't know.

How very brave of her to write it.

 

Marion Zimmer Bradley was a bestselling science fiction author, a feminist icon, and was awarded the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. She was best known for the Arthurian fiction novel THE MISTS OF AVALON and for her very popular Darkover series.

 

She was also a monster.

THE LAST CLOSET: The Dark Side of Avalon is a brutal tale of a harrowing childhood. It is the true story of predatory adults preying on the innocence of children without shame, guilt, or remorse. It is an eyewitness account of how high-minded utopian intellectuals, unchecked by law, tradition, religion, or morality, can create a literal Hell on Earth.

THE LAST CLOSET is also an inspiring story of survival. It is a powerful testimony to courage, to hope, and to faith. It is the story of Moira Greyland, the only daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and convicted child molester Walter Breen, told in her own words.

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From:yamamanama
Date:December 14th, 2017 12:22 am (UTC)
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Everyone involved with this book is a horrible person and nobody should buy this book.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 14th, 2017 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Moira is a friend of mine. She is a truly lovely and talented person.
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From:filialucis
Date:December 14th, 2017 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for drawing my attention to this. I had previously been aware only of Moira Greyland's blog article (and I forget where I found that). Amazon offers a substantial free preview of the book and I found myself reading all the way to the end of it and then buying the book. Though I'll probably wait until the Christmas season is over to read any more of it. It's likely to be unpalatable in the extreme... but Moira Greyland more than deserves the income for her courage in speaking out.

Ugh, I was quite the Darkover fan in my teens and some of the volumes were comfort books for years. It was only gradually that I started wondering what was up with the weird undercurrents of misogyny and the... unconventional... sex scenes that seemed to have very little in the way of plot justification. But the worst I thought of it was that maybe the author wasn't as good a writer as she was made out to be. That she was an out-and-out vicious and depraved monster was not something I saw coming.

From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 14th, 2017 07:34 pm (UTC)
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It is very painful and sad. I bought Moira's book, but I don't know if I will be able to read it. Even the excerpts she's posted are so poignant and painful.

I met her mother once, at a Darkover con. I asked this woman for her badge when I was left in charge of watching the art show and got glared at...apparently, I had asked Marion Zimmer Bradley for her ID at her own con. LOL

Yeah...it's shocking.
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