Introduced by author Marie Brennan, novelist (including A Natural History of Dragons, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award) and short story writer (more than forty stories, including seven in BCS), pointing out several interesting twists in “Pale” and how it confronts and subverts several common tropes, including the Woman in Refrigerator role.
There's always a woman. And she plays her part, one way or the other. “The stranger’ll come for you,” I tell her, trying to tip-toe round the vulgarity. Whether it’s The Marshal or The Hired Gun, the innocent’s champion gets the woman. He’ll be good to her, but she’ll never forget, never be quite the same when he rides away.