Re: RARA-AVIS: Goodis...

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 30 May 2002

> > Here's a related question. Why are David Goodis's best books
> "Dark
> > Passage" aside) not reprinted? Why opt for "Of Tender Sin", "The
Moon in
> > the Gutter" and "The Blonde on the Street Corner", when you could
> "The
> > Burglar", "Cassidy's Girl" and "Nightfall?"
> Perhaps the UK publisher who is reprinting the first three you mention
> wary of reprinting material (the others you later mention) that had
> been reprinted back in the '80's by Black Lizard here in the U.S.
> they're a bit tough to find these days, but nevertheless they did have
> reprint history. The others had not. Personally, I'd love to see
> Goodis novel kept in perptual in-print status...
> Ron Clinton
Personally I'm happy whenever a Goodis novel surfaces that hasn't been reprinted recently, whether it's one of the better ones or not, if it's one I don't already have. My favourite Goodis is STREET OF THE LOST which no-one appears to have reprinted in recent times - my copy is an Israeli reprint from the 1970's (I think). There are also other books I've never seen, e.g. THE WOUNDED & THE SLAIN, which it would be lovely to see reprinted. Personally, I applaud Prion's picking up previously ignored Goodis titles but I know Al has trouble picking up some of these books many of us take for granted (possibly because we already own them?). It's not just Goodis but Willeford & Thompson seem to get the same books reprinted, over & over, while others are ignored. There are several Willeford novels, for example that have never been reprinted, or, in the case of HONEY GAL (aka THE BLACK MASS OF BROTHER SPRINGER) reprinted once by Black Lizard in the 80's - & this reprint commands high prices in the 2nd hand market today. I have a personal fantasy of publishing a lot of these old gems with their original 50's cover artwork (although with the authors' names spelt correctly). I believe they'd sell, if marketed intelligently using resources such as the web. I know we are a minority but all over the planet I think we're a significant sized enough minority to make such an idea (modestly) profitable should the logistical problems be overcome.


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