Saturday, August 7, 2021

Rock on, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison (1946-2021)!


Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison died at age 75 on July 23 in New York City. You may have known her as a rock critic; I knew her science fiction.  She was a brilliant writer, but the headlines emphasized her relationship with Jim Morrison, which was a claim to fame, but hardly her most important accomplishment. 

It's not that I don't love Jim Morrison. ("Break on through to the other side.")  And certainly Kennealy-Morrison was not reticent about their relationship:  she wrote a memoir in 1992,  Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison, and was a consultant for the 1991 movie The Doors

But of course she led a long, full life after Jim's death in 1971.  She continued to work as a journalist, and wrote several several science fiction/fantasy novels and mysteries.  I enjoyed  The Copper Crown and The Silver Branch, two of the novels in her Keltiad series.  I had no idea she was Jim Morrison's partner until I read the bio in The Copper Crown.

One thing for sure, the obituary will sell some books.  But typical for women to be remembered for their relationships rather than their work.


  1. OK, winging a rewrite: Thank you for recommending THE COPPER CROWN. I overlooked it for years, decades. I love Fantasy. Old style fantasy. But I can do without the Ice and Fire and Sex and Violence and Blood and General Perversity focus of the more modern books. They make it too hard for me to suspend almost any disbelief. The thing is those older books came out before the Internet. In those days I judged books by their covers. Sometimes that worked and sometimes it was proverbial. Never liked the covers on those. Anyway I am rereading now The Heritage of Shannarra books. Am on book one SCIONS OF SHANNARA. I bought the big limited edition from Terry Brooks' Kickstarter. Decided I should read it on my Kindle so when the limited comes I can look at Mark Simonetti's probably wonderful illustrations without worry about bending pages. Well, I will reread favorite passages too but, overall, I just like looking at limited editions and sighing. But as soon as I finish this Brooks-a-rama I will tackle THE COPPER CROWN. Kudos on the new site. It did eat the first comment I wanted to leave (see above) But I think it is working for me now (copying this to clipboard just in case.)

    1. Sorry for the list comment. Fortunately this made it across the liminal threshold. Very frustrating to lose a post like that. Glad to tell you about The Copper Crown. It has been a while since I read it, but I thought it was good!

      Speaking of buying books for the cover. I may have bought The Copper Crown for the cover by Tom Canty. He designed the covers for the Best Fantasy books edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

      I read so little new SF that I rarely come across the new shocking elements. Sounds like the Terry Brooks series should be on my TBR.

  2. OK, apparently I sent the above to the Old Blog which as I explained there ate it. This new post worked when I saw it was the old blog and thought I would try this one again. But had to use my Google account which I hate. I would explain why I hate Google but is is very long story which is unfortunately as uninteresting as it is lengthy.