3.16.2004

Charles L. Grant

“Am I dead? ...is this like one of those stupid TV shows where I have to choose between heaven and hell, or wander forever in some kind of stupid limbo? Are you an angel or something? You pop up when it snows or rains or something, and take souls to heaven?”

--Charles L. Grant’s “The Snowman”

Precipitation -- literally and symbolically -- is a common motif of transformation in Grant’s work. My favorite use of which comes from “Penny Daye,” a story that first appeared in the Fantasycon X Programme Booklet (1985) although I read it in Karl Edward Wagner's The Year’s Best Horror Stories XIV (also part of an omnibus volume called Horrorstory Volume 5). Here the transformation is imbued with a bitter yet romantic tone that raises it above the common horror story. It's always impressive when an author manages to convey powerfully conflicting emotions (see also Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy). The story is well worth hunting down.

Available on the internet is his story “Temperature Days on Hawthorne Street” at Scifi.com.

Unfortunately, Grant is suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and the cost is exorbitant. Click here to find out how you can help and here to find out more about COPD, a difficult disease to live with.

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