Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Horror?

Date: 07 Feb 2000

Both Lovecraft and Matheson have said that in order to have an effective weird story, everything about the story except the supernatural element
(singular) should be normal. It often seems to be more a case of a supernatural element entering a Hard-boiled world. I recently read Fritz Leiber's "An Automatic Pistol" about a guy whose handgun was his familiar, and avenged his murder. It was very H-B in every other respect, and I saw no conflict. Horror is an emotion, Hard-boiled (and Noir) are worldviews and styles of writing. They aren't mutually exclusive all, but very complimentary.

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