Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Horror?

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 08 Feb 2000

Bob Toomey wrote:

> Hardboiled is
> grounded in a skeptical, cynical, unsentimental view of the world.
> Horror is the polar opposite -- romantic, sentimental, emotional.

Perhaps if by "horror" one means those bodice-ripper Gothics that were popular decades ago or the ghost stories of the 19th century and early 20th century. Or today's Mary Higgins clones. But if you're suggesting that the horror of the last two decades is limited to "romantic, sentimental, emotional" prose, you may want to sample a Lansdale, Laymon, Schow, Bloch, Ketchum, Garton, McCammon, King, Koontz (okay, maybe you're right about him), Campbell, Brandner or a host of other horror luminaries who would savage your view into hardboiled, cynical, unsentimental, bloody ribbons by the end of the first chapter.

Ron Clinton

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