RARA-AVIS: The full Paula (on John Shirley's hb-ish work)

From: Todd Mason ( Todd.Mason@tvguide.com)
Date: 14 Feb 2002

I will note that I didn't claim Shirley for the Splats, just that he could be tucked in with them. "Cyberpunk" ain't much of a label anymore, either. Shirley's earliest published stories, in Ted White's FANTASTIC (long after it was Howard Browne's FANTASTIC, but before the current former-PIRATE WRITINGS FANTASTIC) in the '70s, tended to be surreal fantasies.


-----Original Message----- From: Paula Guran [mailto: darkecho@darkecho.com]

sure go ahead. you might ref www.darkecho.com/JohnShirley there's a lot of info there.

>Fair enough. Any objection to my sending your response onto Rara-Avis?
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Paula Guran
>Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 3:29 PM
>The Specialist books were written under the pseudonym John Cutter. I
>think there were 11 of them. The series became the basis for a very
>bad Sylvester Stallone movie that Sharon Stone was also in. I think
>the WGA term is "suggested by" and I think the original credit was as
>"John Patrick"
>I wouldn't call JS a splatterpunk -- a term that's no longer used
>anyway -- he was one of the earliest writers to write pretty
>visceral horror.
>>John Shirley. Who's been doing more horror than sf for the last decade,
>>was one of the few who could be tucked in among both cyberpunks and
>>splatterpunks. TM

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