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New Book Blows the Lid Off the Dark World of Child Sex Abuse in Sci-Fi Fandom

Backlit child sitting in a dark doorway in contemplation

Moira Greyland is the daughter of famous authors Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter Breen. She has written a memoir about growing up in a "queer" family and suffering hideous child abuse. In The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon, Greyland details the horror of being a helpless child trapped in a far-left fantasy world. The world constructed by her mother, author of The Mists of Avalon, and her father, author of Greek Love (a book literally detailing why pedophilia is fine and even good), was a dark and frightening world. Unfortunately, though many saw how unhappy Greyland and her siblings were, no one stepped in to stop it and people, in fact, turned a blind eye.

Greyland's description of her family's philosophy is chilling. "All sex is always right no matter what." This philosophy forced her to endure being raped by her father at the achingly innocent age of four and molested by her mother throughout her childhood. Both her parents insisted she was gay because they believed that every person is naturally homosexual and will be homosexual if not corrupted by heterosexual experiences. Through the exposure to two gay parents and relatives and their friends, Greyland developed a theory about homosexuality that is very unpopular.

"It is my belief that homosexuality is a matter of IMPRINTING, in the same way that BDSM fantasies are," she explains in the book. "To the BDSM'er, continued practice of the fantasy is sexually exciting. To the gay person, naturally, the same. However, from what I have seen, neither one creates healing. My mother became a lesbian because she was raped by her father. My father was molested by a priest--and regarded it as being the only love he had ever experienced. There are a vanishingly few people who are exclusively gay, but far more who have relationships with people of BOTH genders, as my parents and other relatives did."

This, of course, is not allowed to be discussed in the age of the Gaystappo, which must be praised at all times. But do we not owe it to the children raised in these environments to hear their experiences? Does the #MeToo craze include the children of gays who did not have idyllic experiences?

"What sets gay culture apart from straight culture is the belief that early sex is good and beneficial, and the sure knowledge (don't think for a second that they DONT KNOW) that the only way to produce another homosexual is to provide a boy with sexual experiences BEFORE he can be 'ruined' by attraction to a girl," she writes.

Breen and Bradley expressed these very beliefs to Greyland often. The Mists of Avalon catapulted Bradley into the limelight and made her very famous in fantasy and science fiction circles. She and Breen would attend science fiction conventions like Worldcon religiously. Breen used these conventions to hunt for children he could groom and molest, Greyland says. This was widely known among the convention attendees. In one particularly egregious incident, Breen molested a little girl in public at a convention. Greyland included a letter written by Bill Donaho in 1963 about banning Breen from Worldcon.