To all the kind people who have responded to the Support Peter Beagle website. This is definitely me, and no avatar of Connor Cochran. I fully understand your anxiety – heaven knows, at this point I share it myself, on a never-ending and exhausting basis – but I can assure you in grateful honesty that your donations are going only toward legal costs (not fees), which mount up by the moment. Please accept my thanks, and feel free to contact me if you’re in any further doubt concerning the genuineness of this website. We’ll yet get through this mess together.
Acclaimed fantasy author Peter S. Beagle has filed a lawsuit against his former business manager Connor Cochran and Mr. Cochran’s associated businesses for fraud, defamation, elder abuse, and breach of contract, among other charges. Peter trusted Mr. Cochran – who systematically used that trust to appropriate Peter’s life’s work for himself and destroy Peter’s reputation for his own personal gain.
Peter recently had a complete neuropsychological evaluation done at Mr. Cochran’s insistence, which included more than a dozen tests of memory and cognitive function in addition to a clinical interview. The licensed clinical psychologist concluded that Peter’s verbal memory scores were excellent and that his IQ score was in the 91st percentile for his age group. Peter received a second opinion from another licensed doctor, this one a neurologist, who reached the same conclusion: Peter is fully competent. This information is available to the public, including a copy of the neurologist’s statement, through the complaint.
Meanwhile, Peter continues to write daily. Stories, novellas, and other works are on the way, and his recent obituary of Christopher Lee, which is replete with his personal memories and anecdotes over the past thirty years, was published in Vanity Fair in June.
Peter does not control his social media. Conversely, Mr. Cochran has an active voice online, which puts Peter at a bit of a disadvantage in the social media environment. Moving forward, Peter requests that The Last Unicorn Facebook fan page be used solely for appreciation of the book and movie and a place for all lovers of fantasy to connect, interact, and dream. The lawsuit need not be a concern of the fans, so we are asking for it to please be taken off the page.
Peter greatly appreciates the outpouring of love and support from his friends and fans worldwide.
The journey continues…
You can read Peter’s entire Complaint here.
“I am no king, and I am no lord.
And I am no soldier at arms,” said he.
“I am none but a harper, and a very poor harper
That has come hither to wed with thee.”
Peter S. Beagle’s ‘None But The Harper’
Usually whoever of us is writing the weekly edition up would give you a song or tune as the coda to the edition. And so it is this week but we’ve got a treat for you that’s just a bit different — Peter S. Beagle, author and composer and musician, singing ‘None But The Harper’ which he wrote about the same time as The Last Unicorn which would be in the late Sixties! When it was recorded is not at all clear but his voice and playing is quite superb, so let’s listen to ‘None But The Harper’.
Just a reminder to people that Peter’s only social media link to fans is his Facebook page, The Real Peter S. Beagle – accept no substitutes! He has no access or connection to any other FB pages, websites save this one, or Twitter accounts, all run by his former business manager.
This is a page moderated by friends, who are in contact with Peter, and keep him apprised of comments, and is being used to let fans know about Peter’s books, stories, and author appearances. Like us on Facebook @TheRealPeterSBeagle.
Tachyon Publishing sent along an email about the next novel from Peter which comes out in Modwinter when, if you’re like me, you’ll be craving something rather good to read!
ISBN: 978-1-61696-248-7 Published: February 2017 Available Format(s): Hardcover ($19.95) and Digital Books ($9.99)
From the acclaimed author of The Last Unicorn and Summerlong comes a new, exquisitely-told fable for the modern age.
Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy’s scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry to the company of others. But one chilly morning, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.
Lyrical, gripping, and wise, In Calabria confirms Peter S. Beagle’s continuing legacy as one of fantasy’s most legendary authors.
Our post is rather special this time as it’s Peter on his favorite song or tune:
I know way too many folk songs to have a special favorite, Cat. Besides, I’m not always sure what counts as a folk song. Big Bill Broonzy used to say, ‘I guess all songs is folk songs – I never heard no horse sing one.’ When Merle Travis was asked to write an album’s worth of folk songs and explained to the producer that you don’t write folk songs – they just sort of spring up, like grass – the producer replied, ‘Well, then write some stuff that sounds like folk songs.” Travis came up with, among others, ‘Sixteen Tons’ and ‘Dark As A Dungeon,’ which any number of people still present as a folk song. And Aristide Bruant (Toulouse-Lautrec’s buddy, the guy in the black hat and red scarf) wrote ‘Sur La Route De Louviers’ – I don’t know how many times I heard that as a folk song in Berkeley, in the old days…’
I do love the haunting old French song ”A La Claire Fontaine,’ and my friend Phil and I still love to sing ‘The Miller of Dee’ when we get together. But if I had to pick just one, it might be a strange, utterly surrealistic tune called ‘Nottymun Town’ that I picked up from Jean Ritchie. I’m teaching it, on the rare occasions we’re able to jam together, to the guys of Emerald Rose, a great Celtic band, who could do it justice.
And then there’s wonderful ‘Tumbalalaika’ in Yiddish, and ‘La Llorona’ in Spanish…But in the end, my favorite song of all is still ‘Au Bois De Mon Coeur,’ which is not a folk song, but was written by Georges Brassens – so there you are. Go figure…
This message is approved by Peter S. Beagle, who says: “I support Patrick Lake. I urge anyone who has ever ordered any merchandise from Conlan Press, and received neither their merchandise nor a refund, or has complaints about Connor Cochran’s business practices, to please contact Patrick’s legal representation, David M. Helbraun, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay, fans of Peter S. Beagle, I have both good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that Peter is broke, due to the nefarious actions of Connor Cochran (who gets most of the money that is rightfully Peter’s by diverting it into his own pockets). Once Peter wins his lawsuit against Connor and his sham press, that will not be the situation, but it is sadly true now.
Before I tell you the good news, I’d like to thank all of you who’ve supported him in this effect to win back his name. He really appreciates it.
Now the good news. Peter has agreed to create brief original poems, story snippets, song lyrics — whatever he’s in the mood to write, but just for you. This is a unique offer! I know we all cherish our personally-signed books and such, but this is even better!
(A reminder is due here. Do not buy anything signed that Connor is selling, be they prints, TLU cels and so forth, as these monies go into his pockets, not Peter’s. The same holds true for any showings of The Last Unicorn that Connor is currently doing.)
This will be limited to 20 people maximum. The deal would be that the first 20 people who donate at least $150 will get an original, and unique to them, short tidbit personally from Peter by way of thanks. (Of course, this is non-exclusive; we want to be sure Peter retains his copyright to everything he writes.) The donor would be namechecked and the piece would be signed. It wouldn’t have to be fiction: a memory, a snippet, a song lyric. It would be new, nothing recycled. It would be at least a paragraph in length, but not more than a page.
If you feel like giving more, please do so. A hundred percent of these monies (less of course PayPal fees) will support Peter.
The fine print: in order for this to work, you’ll need to include a note with your PayPal donation. The note must include your name and postal mailing address, as well as the statement that you would like to take advantage of this offer; if you want someone else’s name to be included in the piece (rather than your own), or if you have any other specific requests, say that as well. Please note that Peter is not guaranteeing that he will be able to fulfill any specific request, other than including a specified name in the finished work. If you’re not one of the first 20 people to respond to this, your money will be refunded.
Beloved author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) returns with his long-anticipated new novel Summerlong – a beautifully bittersweet tale of passion, enchantment, and the nature of fate. One family will become forever entwined with a enigmatic young woman whose strangely-compelling charm seems to affect even the weather.
For more info, click here.
Balticon is pleased to announce the appearance of Peter S. Beagle at Balticon 50, May 27-30, 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland at the Rennaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Peter Beagle was the Special Guest at Balticon 40 and is returning as part of Balticon 50’s Bring ‘Em Back Project, along with 19 Guest of Honor Alumni.
For more details about Balticon’s 50th anniversary convention, go here.
Oh and yes it’s his birthday today, so let’s all Peter both many more birthdays and a quick and favorable resolution to his legal battles!