RARA-AVIS: Cult Fiction

From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 26 Mar 2001

I was flipping through the book "Cult Fiction: A Reader's Guide" by Andrew Calcutt and Richard Shepard. It's got brief entries on a whole slew of authors, many of them hardboiled and/or noir. Reflecting the authors' nationality, their taste skews a bit British (James Hadley Chase!), but they have pretty good taste. There's Chandler and Hammett, of course, Leigh Brackett (though they focus mostly on her sci-fi), Cains, Paul and James M., Ellroy, Estleman, Goines, Goodis, Nathan Heard, Himes, Dorothy B. Hughes, Elmore Leonard, Horace McCoy, Derek Raymond, Iceberg Slim, Thompson, Willeford, Woolrich. Each entry ends with "Must Read," featuring each author's most recommended books (can be a bit idiosyncratic -- Get Shorty and Rum Punch are Leonard's best?) and
"Read On," with a list of other authors in the same vein.

Anyway, the Read Ons under Ted Lewis are Christopher Petit, Derek Raymond and "Big Breadwinner Hog" by Robin Chapman. I've never heard of this last, the book or the author. Has anyone else? Is it recommended? Is it like Ted Lewis?


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