Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Works of Mildred Clingerman: ReaderCon 2015
The Works of Mildred Clingerman.
Brett Cox, Rob Kilhefer, Gordon Van Gelder (leader).
Clingerman’s work tends to wed a literate tone to subject matters whose ominousness is perhaps more submerged than the horrors under the skin made explicit in the work of Shirley Jackson, but equally as deadly. Married women are vividly portrayed in stories like “The Wild Wood” (January 1957 F&SF) or “A Red Heart and Blue Roses”; they suffer constant violations of body space, male intrusiveness, and the impostures of aliens, and allow this to happen, horrifically. It is understood that Clingerman may have ceased writing around 1975 at the behest of her husband. In 2014 she was posthumously given a Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award. Join us for a discussion of her work.