RE: RARA-AVIS: Recent readings (Devil take...)

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 14 Jun 2004

Maybe wiser heads here will have a better comparison, but the only one I can think of is the rather obscure NIGHT OF THE JABBERWOCK, by Frederic Brown. With less quirkiness. Bardin was interested in psychological extremes of existence and questions of identity, creepy and noirish in a paranoid kind of way.

Penguin published a three volume set of Bardin's works called THE JOHN FRANKLIN BARDIN OMNIBUS. If you can find it in a used bookstore, it's worth picking up. The first novel, THE DEADLY PERCHERON, might give you a sense of what Bardin's like: guy walks into a psychiatrist's office and says his life is being controlled by little men who pay him to do things. The psychiatrist is of course skeptical, but then he meets one of the men.

Sounds like a comic set-up, but this is not a comic novel, interestingly enough.


--- Neddal Ayad <> wrote:
> > Bardin's DEVIL TAKE THE BLUE-TAILED FLY, which was
> > effectively weird and noirish. My favorite Bardin
> is
> Weird like Jack O'Connell or weird like Thomas
> Ligotti?
> --
> -N

===== Doug Bassett

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