Re: RARA-AVIS: Steve Fisher - Robert Edmond Alter

Date: 13 Mar 2001

Alter's Carny Kill was a good carnival noir. I worked as a carny as a teenager and have always been fascinated by their gypsy-like existence. I wouldn't put Carny Kill up there with Gresham's Nightmare Alley, but they are similar in depicting carnivals as an underworld of confidence people and depicting carnies as a nomadic amoral subculture that has a sense of family and community. I look forward to reading Frederic Brown's The Fabulous Clipjoint.

My girlfriend liked Fisher's I Wake Up Screaming more than I did.


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