RARA-AVIS: Hugh B. Cave obit

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 30 Jun 2004

The Independent has a nice obit of Hugh B. Cave, who died this week:


| Cave was also moving into the hard-boiled detective field. He was the
| last living author to get an acceptance from the legendary "Cap" Shaw -
| Captain Joseph T. Shaw, editor of the ground-breaking Black Mask
| magazine - who, by promoting writers such as Dashiell Hammett and
| Carroll John Daly, virtually created the hard-boiled genre. Cave's own
| breakthrough story, "Too Many Women", was, for a 22-year-old, a
| startlingly tough and mature piece of writing, stylistically more
| indebted to another great Black Mask writer, a favourite of Cave's,
| Frederick Nebel.

The obit was written by Jack Adrian, who edited the collection HARDBOILED with Bill Pronzini. I like this anecdote:

| In 1943 the Dime Detective editor Ken White was offered a cover by one
| of his regular artists which featured a grim-faced villain about to
| shovel a baker's peel with a body on it into a fiery oven. Could Cave
| come up with a 30,000-word thriller to explain, reasonably
| satisfactorily, what on earth was going on? Two days and two sleepless
| nights later Cave turned in a punchy tale he called, mindful of White's
| love of punning, even absurd, titles, "This is the Way We Bake Our Dead".


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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