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Kennealy, Patricia

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of US rock critic and author whose birth name was Patricia Kennely (1946-2021), until 1994 when she began to write as Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, taking this (without the hyphen) as her legal name some considerable time after her 1970 marriage in a Celtic handfasting ceremony to the rock singer Jim Morrison (1943-1971) of The Doors; she appeared in a cameo role in Oliver Stone's film The Doors (1991). Her sf oscillated – in a manner common to much 1980s Fantastika – between fantasy and sf, in the end seeming more the former than the latter. However, her Keltiad sequence – The Copper Crown (1985), The Throne of Scone (1986) and The Silver Branch (1988) – is set in space, being an expansive Space-Opera reworking of the Arthurian Cycle. A second sequence, the Tales of Arthur, comprising The Hawk's Gray Feather (1990), The Oak Above the Kings (1994) and The Hedge of Mist (1996) as by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, takes place a thousand or so years before the first; the tale is set on a single world and a Planetary-Romance idiom dominates, so it is hard to read the book as sf. The marriage of modes, however, remains of genuine potential interest. The second volume of the sequence, The Oak Above the Kings (1994), initiated her use of Patricia Kennealy-Morrison byline.

Her nonfantastic Rennie Stride mysteries as by Patricia Morrison are not listed below. The late collection Tales of Spiral Castle: Stories of the Keltiad (coll 2014) appeared from the author's own Small Press, Lizard Queen Press; further Keltiad volumes were projected but remained unpublished during her lifetime. [JC]

Patricia Kennealy Morrison

born New York: 4 March 1946

died New York: 23 July 2021



Keltiad: Tales of Aeron

Keltiad: Tales of Arthur

Keltiad: other



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