I picked a couple of writers for the next two monthly
January 2001: Charles Willeford! February 2001: Richard
You can't go wrong with a one-two punch like that. I'm
looking forward to rereading the Hoke Mosely books, among
other stuff, and I have half a dozen Shell Scott books
(Willeford really liked Shell Scott) I haven't read
Also, I e-mailed Betsy Willeford, Charles Willeford's widow,
and she may join the list. Some of you, like Maura McMillan,
know her, and I know others have talked to her over the phone
or e-mailed her. Anyone who read Herron's WILLEFORD will have
seen her mentioned. She's very nice and very well read and
I'm sure she'll have lots of interesting things to say. She
did say your (you the rare bird) "guess is as good as mine
and often probably better," so don't feel shy or that she's
speaking the pure Willefordian truth, because such a thing
doesn't even exist.
These theme months are a way for us to read whatever books we
want to or can find by a certain author, which makes it
easier on those of us without big collections or who don't
live in the UK or North America. By opening it up we end up
with more people reading more books, and more gets talked
about. There's still lots of time to read a Mike Shayne book
or magazine and have a go on that for this month.
P.S. Don't bother asking her for a copy of GRIMHAVEN, the
infamous unprinted second Hoke Mosely book.
-- William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.
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