But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.
There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.
Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.
As the oldest son growing up in the Appalachia region of Kentucky, Chris learned the hard way to be a supportive mentor to his younger siblings in the absence of his isolationist father, who shut himself into his office and wrote fiction all day. While his mother also supported and encouraged her children, she took a passive role when it came to the demands of the father.
When Andrew Offutt passes away, Chris takes on the task of organizing his overflowing office. He learns that while his father was best known for writing science fiction and fantasy, he made his living from pornography, written under various pseudonyms. By researching his fathers files, notes and memorabilia Chris attempts to discover the father he really never knew.
Andrew Offutt was one of the guests at the first science fiction convention I attended in Columbus, Ohio in 1972. I was impressed with his wit, intelligence and public persona. It's shocking to learn about the person he was on the inside.
I admire the bravery of Chris Offutt to share this story and his feelings in such a public fashion. Fascinating reading, and highly recommended.
When Andrew Offutt died, his son, Chris, inherited a desk, a rifle, and eighteen hundred pounds of pornographic fiction. Andrew had been considered the “king of twentieth-century smut,” with a writing career that began as a strategy to pay for his son’s orthodontic needs and soon took on a life of its own, peaking during the 1970s when the commercial popularity of the erotic novel reached its height.