Spotted courtesy of samhenderson: My thanks to Hal Duncan, who eloquently and thoroughly says everything that can be said about Kevin W. Reardon's over-the-top threatening behavior toward Steve Berman over a one-line critique of a short story.
I don't know if Reardon ever planned to submit stories to Clockwork Phoenix, but he need not bother now.
I was linked over to the whole sad saga from sf_drama: Wow. Just wow. I thought you were way too nice to him but I have to say that your reasoned responses made him look even more like a whiny teenage drama queen. Good show.
It's rather sad that there are "professional" writers out there who are just as whacko and thin-skinned as some of the fanficcers.
Despite how he interpreted the 'review' it was my resolution for 2009 to be tolerant and avoid snark when it comes to other writers.
He forced my hand... I had no idea the response would turn out to be so... apocalyptic.
Edited at 2009-01-19 02:05 am (UTC)
When I first clicked the link I was expecting a really scathing attack; when I read what you actually wrote I thought "Jeez, he's getting so worked up about THIS?" My response would have been to ask you for some more details, maybe a suggestion on how to improve the piece, but apparently this guy skipped How To Take Criticism Day in his writing class.
I took three writing classes with Maureen McHugh and she taught us what counts as constructive criticism, how to take it, and how not to be whiny babies. She did that in each class except one, and that was only because everyone in that class had already taken at least one class with her.