If you’re Cameron Todd Willingham, who is profiled in this week’s New Yorker, you read a fantasy novel.
We couldn’t help but notice that Willingham, in the photo that graces the center spread of the issue, is reading a little book called Stormblade by Nancy Varian Berberick. Stormblade is a blatant Tolkien rip-off, the story of a dwarf who sets off on a quest to retrieve a powerful sword, is joined by a motley crew of human and elven adventurers, and confronts a dragon, etc. The sight of the book’s cover in the pages of a very serious New Yorker article instantly takes us back to being 13, having no friends, and reading lots of Tolkien rip-offs. For the book to show up in the hands of a man who was wrongfully murdered by the state of Texas should probably mean something dark and chilling.
Stormblade, you helped us through a difficult time in our lives. We thank you for helping Cameron Todd Willingham through a difficult time in his. Please don’t let us go out like he did.