RARA-AVIS: Charles Williams

From: abc@wt.net
Date: 24 Apr 2000

The article that Richard Moore mentioned is called something like "13 Ways of Looking at Charles Williams," and it is indeed by Ed Gorman. It's in MURDER OFF THE RACK, edited by Jon Breen. Most of Williams' books were mean and lean, probably in the 60,000-70,000 word range. RIVER GIRL might be a bit longer. While a lot of Williams' titles might seem to be capitalizing on the "backwoods" genre, the books themselves have little relationship to John Faulkner or Erskine Caldwell's work. I suspec the publishers had more to do with the titles than Williams did. Didn't John D. MacDonald say something like, "Williams is probably the best of us all"?

Thanks to Southpaw for the info on Ray Ring.

Bill Crider

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