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Meathouse Man

by George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin is the best-selling author of the Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series and a range of other novels including Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light , and Hunter's Run (with Daniel Abraham and Gardner Dozois). He is a prolific author of short stories, which have garnered numerous nominations and wins for the field's major awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

His short work was recently collected in the mammoth, two-volume Dreamsongs , in which Martin relates the story of how Meathouse Man came to be published. It first appeared in Damon Knight's Orbit 18 , but was originally intended for Harlan Ellison's The Last Dangerous Visions . Ellison, however, rejected it and challenged Martin to tear the guts out of the story and rewrite the whole thing from page one.

So Martin did that, and opened a vein as well. While writing the story, Martin was emotionally in a lot of pain, so he poured all of it into Meathouse Man. And even now, almost thirty years later, he finds it a painful one to reread.


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