This is the title of a new Jack Pendarvis collection of stories, which I don't yet own. But it got me to thinking about the importance of movie stars for me in my childhood. I sent away for their photos and they were sent back properly machine autographed. I spent most of my allowance on magazines such as PHOTOPLAY and MODERN SCREEN. I was especially enamored of (with?) Clark Gable, who was exactly my grandfather's age. More suitable candidates (but still the age of my father) were Tony Curtis, George Maharis, Richard Chamberlain and Troy Donahue. (Notice the prevalence of men who turned out to be gay)
I spent a lot of time fantasizing about how we might meet up when I was old enough to take off for Hollywood.
I know you are mostly male, but who was your teen fantasy figure.
Polis Books, 2015-nominated for the Anthony and Macavity Awards
“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” ― C.S. Lewis
Patricia (Patti) Abbott
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two ebooks, MONKEY JUSTICE and HOME INVASION and co-editor of DISCOUNT NOIR. She won a Derringer award for her story "My Hero." She lives outside Detroit.