Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: David Goodis

Duane Spurlock (
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 10:04:00 -0500 ><<I'm a big Goodis fan myself --- anyone read any of his short work like
>Yes, that's a really fine story. I first read it in The Mammoth Book of
>Pulp Fiction. As I recall, Goodis didn't write much short fiction -- a
BLACK PUDDING also shows up in Pronzini and Adrian's HARD-BOILED anthology.
Too bad they couldn't have selected different stories for each anthology. Of
course, they may have been in production at the same time.

Goodis wrote a number of pulp stories for the aviation and war pulps before
"making his mark" as a hard-boiled crime writer. I've read only one of the
aviation war stories, and it really didn't strike me as any sort of
stand-out pulp story. I think the dissolute noir tales that we know him for
are his superior work. -- Duane

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