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.
HUNGER, Roxane Gay THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne LOVING DAY, Mat Johnson THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS, Michael Robotham HILLBILLY ELEGY, J.D. Vance SUNBURN, Laura Lippman
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 print novels CONCRETE ANGEL (2015) and SHOT IN DETROIT (2016)(Polis Books). CONCRETE ANGEL was nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award in 2016. SHOT IN DETROIT was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award in 2017. A collection of her stories I BRING SORROW AND OTHER STORIES OF TRANSGRESSION will appear in 2018.