Chest as by Idris SeabrightHorrer HowceThe Wines of Earth as by Idris SeabrightThe Invested LibidoThe Nuse ManAn Old Fashioned Bird ChristmasWryneck Draw MeI picked this up after reading an anthology which included the storyBrightness Falls From the Air Its masterful portrayal of abeautiful person of a race doomed by the cruel amusements of anotherand the one man who tries to save her brought me to tears the cruel amusements of anotherand the one man who tries to save her brought me to tears mademe wonder why on arth I had never heard of the author before StClair wrote most of the stories included here in the 40s and 50s witha few
later ones included as well Brightness Falls From the Air isstill my favorite ones included as well Brightness Falls From the Air isstill my favorite all of these stories were good Writers likethis really show that there was no xcuse at all for some of the awfulsci fi that was churned out in the so called Golden Age Thesestories are not only great sci fi but great literature well craftedinsightful and cuttingly darkTime to look up of her writing I hadn t read anything by her before and am glad I now have her stories and style are reminiscent of Clifford Simak and Theodore Sturgeon Odd and yet very compelling My favourite story here is The Wines of Earth which has a hint of Bradbury Some stories go in many directions and don t seem finished in the sense of pieces coming together at the nd which is sometimes Infamous enjoyable and sometimes puzzling I m going 5 stars on this because this is sci fi from a female author in the 40s and 50s The variety was amazing and she was certainly not afraid to cover ANY topic Reallynjoyed this Naturalist bohemian Academic Pagan Revivalist And Writer Margaret St pagan revivalist and writer Margaret St 1911 1995 is largely forgotten today She began publishing her fiction in the late 1940 s in the declining pulp science fiction market and continued to be featured in the same magazines through the 50 s and arly 60 s Around 1956 she published her first sf novel The Green ueen and would go onto write another seven novels until 1973 None of her novels or short story collections three are available in print The Best of Margaret St Clair was issued in 1985 by a small press in Chicago As I read through these stories I was struck by how many I d read in other collections while growing up Ch. R 1951The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles 1951The Causes 1952An Egg a Month from All Over 1952Prott 1953New Ritual 1953Brenda 1954Short in the
Characters The Best of Margaret St Clair,
I came to St Clair by way of Sign of the Labrys
And The Shadow PeopleThe Shadow People were both xtremely interesting and flawed works and I had heard that her shorter fiction was an ntirely different matterWhat I found here is a set of xtremely polished well crafted and diverse works Only the last two An Old Fashioned Bird Christmas and Wryneck Draw Me have that odd and off kilter dge informed by occult or Wiccan influences recognizable from the novels It s difficult to categorize the rest Idris Pig has a Leigh Brackett feel but leavened with from the novels It s difficult to categorize the rest Idris Pig has a Leigh Brackett feel but leavened with this is an interesting innovation that I d like to find of if it xists The Wines of Earth resembles Ray Bradbury but not so idiosyncratic Horrer Howse is a take on carnival dark rides that was xtremely ffective in conveying information and menace without providing xplanationShe has a talent for fabricating the little details and the words that go with them matter canker cocohol zygodactyl dentautasen the little things of card games or beverages or trinkets sprinkled with a deft hand The reuse of certain trinkets sprinkled with a deft hand The reuse of certain suggests a shared setting among some stories This came to me as a birthday present because I had to read Vines of Earth After finishing I can honestly say wow what a wonderful wild and odd ride St Clair s stories are as diverse as they are strange and somehow that works Twenty stories from the pen of one of the better known female writers of SF s golden age Lots of tales about humans and aliens often with scary or macabre ndings Sex is also prevalent in Ms St Clair s writing notably in Wryneck Draw Me the most current story in the collection 1980 1 and Short in the Chest 1954 which has appeared in several anthologies Also notable are The Pillows 1950 The Listening Child 1950 Brightness Falls from the Air 1951 Horror Howce 1956 and The Wines of Earth 1957 contentsIntroductionIdris Pig The Sacred Martian Pig The GardenerChild of VoidHathor s PetsThe PillowsThe Listening ChildBrightness Falls from the AirThe Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles as by Idris SeabrightThe Causes as by Idris SeabrightAn Egg a Month from All Over as by Idris SeabrightProttNew Ritual as by Idris SeabrightBrendaShort in the. ContentsIdris' Pig 1964The Gardener 1949Child of Void 1949Hathor's Pets 1950The Pillows 1950The Listening Child 1950Brightness Falls from the Ai. Ild of the Void was featured in Tomorrow s Children 1967 and The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles in Alfred Hitchock s Monster Museum1965 Brenda first published in Weird Tales was adapted for an pisode of Rod Serling *s Night Gallery not that good but worth seeing if you ve read the storyEvery story in * Night Gallery not that good but worth seeing if you ve read the storyEvery story in collection is pure gold Most have the snap biting nding which turns sf conventions of the 50 s on their head Most of them have aged very well The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles works as a wicked satire of modern sales techniues and of Lord Dunsany s fantasy stories Short in the Chest has a robotic psychologist giving disastrous advice to the military My own favourite in this collection The New Ritual works as a woman s interest story a pastoral and fantasy fictionThe truly sad issue is the lack of any interest in her writing outside a few fans Here s a woman who wrote countless stories and novels over a twenty year span then ceased her output Why Writer s block Health issues It would be good to knowPosted by Tim Mayer at 915 PM The Best of Margaret St Clair is a short story collection by an Hinterlands and Commodities: Place, Space, Time and the Political Economic Development of Asia Over the Long Eighteenth Century early pulp sci fi writer spanning the late 1940s through thearly 1970s The collection is uneven I really loved some stories while others felt dated and others just left me with raised Hometown Valentine eyebrows wondering what the heck was that Overall though I reallynjoyed it St Clair doesn t seem overly concerned about genre boundaries and her stories are weird tales than strictly sci fi blending horror fantasy and speculative fiction and I found this to be uite charming She talks about sex and sexuality frankly than I would have xpected during
THE ERA WHEN SHE WAS WRITING AND I DOera when she was writing and I do her being a woman writing in a male dominated genre comes through in small touches particularly in Short in the Chest though it never approaches an obvious feminist message If you like genre bending short stories and classic pulp sci fi you may appreciate this overlooked author Margaret St Clair is an unappreciated gem Her stories often contain an interesting idea or unexpected twist Great collection of her short stories Highly recommend Contains one of my favorite weird stories Horrer Howce. Hest 1954Horrer Howce 1956The Wines of Earth 1957The Invested Libido 1958The Nuse Man 1960An Old Fashioned Bird Christmas 1961Wryneck Draw Me 19.