Re: RARA-AVIS: Still on McClusky

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 17 Jan 2001

Juri In fact I posted to R-A in order to check if somebody knew anything about Mc Clusky. It seems the answer is no.

I will now follow my idea to check on the French side if the author of the report is known for having fabricated it. I doubt Bloch is the culprit. So we are left with the French "reporter" Stephane Bourgoin, who pretended holding the info through his meeting with Bloch in the USA. Bourgoin could have elaborated all this as a practical joke in 1985/86.. Who knows?

If you are still interested by the article references, contact me off-list.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled mysteries

--- Juri Nummelin <> wrote:
> Hubin doesn't list "Backwood Hussy", so I gather
> it's not a crime novel.
> Hubin also doesn't include the two titles you
> mention ("The Invisible
> Fiend" and the other one). Hawk's pseudonyms doesn't
> know McClusky.
> It occurs to me that McClusky might've been a
> pseudonym of Robert Bloch
> himself and he has just made all that up. But then
> again, why shouldn't this
> be commonly known? It was just one interview and in
> French, right? If
> Bloch was McClusky, you would think that he would
> have commented on that
> more openly.
> It just sounds, well, too fascinating. Etienne,
> could you pass on the
> place and dates of the interview you mentioned?

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