Friday, November 15, 2019

Bird Thou Never Wert, by James Morrow


(Historical Horror) A writer explains to an editor that a colleague who died over 60 years ago didn’t really deserve credit for his stories and relates the unusual circumstances of his death. (7,726 words; Time: 25m)

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"Bird Thou Never Wert," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.650 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The basics of the story are great: an inadequate writer pays for magical assistance that makes him a great writer, but eventually there’s a high price to be paid for it.

Con: I found it hard to believe that in 1955 Marsha actually cared that much about the welfare of the eagle. She might have disapproved mildly, but she’d hardly have broken off her relationship over it. This is a serious anachronism.

The Prometheus angle at the end didn’t really work for me. Darko didn’t do anything like giving men fire—he just wrote a few stories.

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