Moria Greyland, the daughter of sci-fi author Marion Zimmer Bradley, accused her mother of sexually and physically abusing her when she was a child. Bradley, the author of The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, died in 1999.
The accusations first appeared on the blog of author Deirdre Saoirse Moen. Moen posted emails from Greyland alleging abuse from her mother. “She was cruel and violent, as well as completely out of her mind sexually. I am not her only victim, nor were her only victims girls,” she wrote in one email. Greyland was abused by her father, Walter Breen, who was jailed for child molestation in 1991 and died in prison in 1993.
Greyland said she hasn’t spoken up until now because she didn’t want to face her mother’s fans. “I thought that my mother’s fans would be angry with me for saying anything against someone who had championed women’s rights and made so many of them feel differently about themselves and their lives,” she told The Guardian. “I didn’t want to hurt anyone she had helped, so I just kept my mouth shut.”
Sci-fi writers are rallying around Greyland for support on Twitter and elsewhere. Janni Lee Simmer, the author of a few Darkover stories, said that he is donating his royalties and advances to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a charity for victims of abuse.
“I am so glad I spoke out, because on the blog, so many people have shared their own stories of abuse and incest and heartbreak,” Greyland said. “I am going to keep talking about it, if only so that those people who need to share their own stories will do so now.”