Why This Site Exists

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.

About Cat Eldridge

I’m the publisher of Green Man Review which has been exploring the roots and branches of our shared global culture for close to thirty years. My favorite Works by Peter are A Fine and Private Place and Tamsin plus pretty all of his shorter fiction such as ‘Come Lady Death’.

I’ve met him but once over dinner — he’s quite witty and charming in person.

At Green Man Review, he’s the only writer that we like so much that two editions were done on him and his works.

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9 Responses to Why This Site Exists

  1. Deborah Grabien says:

    Please share this far and wide. Thank you!

  2. Wendy Pini says:

    Dearest Peter, we send you love and support. We, too, have had the occasional dealing with this villain. It always saddened us that we couldn’t visit with you at conventions because he was always there, like a vulture, hovering, watching, interfering with everything. We’re so sorry he took up space in your life. He has brought much trouble to others. Now it’s time to stop.

    With great love and respect,

    Wendy Pini

  3. Kristina Wilson says:

    Leave the man alone!

  4. Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos says:

    Mr. Beagle is very smart and articulate for his age! I met him at a convention and he was absolutely delightful. I pray that he will be able to regain his rights to all of his work.

  5. roisindubh211 says:

    Please, how are the proceeds getting to Mr Beagle? I say this as someone who would love to support him but feeling a bit wary with all the mix of accusations and counter-accusations and still no direct communications from the man himself. I know it has been difficult as his facebook and twitter have always been run by Connor Cochran as a publicity tool rather than personal social media accounts, but I’d feel a lot more positive if I could see any actual evidence that this is getting to Peter S Beagle or directly connected to him.

    • Cat Eldridge says:

      We’ve added a statement by Peter to the top of this site. I hope it answers your concerns.

  6. Fan says:

    Just a head’s up, the official The Last Unicorn page on facebook is banning anyone who brings this up in an attempt to cover up what is going on.

  7. Nancy Hanger says:

    Peter, know that we are behind you. I’ve known about this arbitration (to put it politely) for some time, and all I can say is I’m sorry you trusted what turned out to be a con artist for so long. It’s easy when they pose as friends (I know this, alas, from my own experience).

    We stock your books in our bookstore, we love your writing, and we wish you the best.

    I just wish I could make this guy disappear from your life, fast.

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