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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Apr 6, 2021

Margaret St. Clair’s story “The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles” is a tale inspired by  the Lord Dunsany story “How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art Upon the Gnoles.” St. Clair’s tale is a wonderful update. The gnoles are still horrible creatures of fantasy, but the main character is completely mundane. The hero of the story is Mortensen, a hapless salesman, who only wants to meet his sales quota and maybe get “a special mention at the annual sales-force dinner.” Does it matter that these are dangerous monsters? Not really, because as any good salesman knows, adaptability is key.

Suggested: WandaVision and Stacy Schiff's The Witches

Next Episode: Tananarive Due’s short story “Patient Zero”

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