Re: RARA-AVIS: RE:West Coast Crime Writers

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 25 May 2000

Dick Lochte:

<<Gruber's "Pulp Jungle" is full of fascinating stuff. Books like David Wilt's
"Hardboiled in Hollywood" (five Black Mask writers and the movies) and Bill Nolan's "The Black Mask Boys" (essays and stories) are mainly concerned with careers, but still provide a few insights into personal lives. Anybody on this list know of any other sources of information on the subject?>>

From The Pulp Jungle I recall that Gruber was friends with (and spoke highly about) Carroll John Daly. He also recounts a bad experience with Chandler and
(I think) has bad things to say about Richard Sale. He also praises Frederick Faust a.k.a. Max Brand to the skies. I don't recall what, if anything, he says about Hammett or McCoy.

The sad thing is that there are so few survivors from that fascinating era, and there isn't much information available about the life of major authors like Raoul Whitfield, Norbert Davis, and Paul Cain. I never got off the ground in an attempt to research Davis.



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