RARA-AVIS: Introduction

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@postikaista.net)
Date: 11 Oct 2004

I posted just a minute ago some thought on Winter's "Run" and thought I should introduce myself properly.

I'm Juri Nummelin and I'm a free-lance journalist and a non-fiction writer residing in Turku, Finland. I've written two books on American pulp and paperback fiction. The first one, called "Pulpografia" (2000), dealt with the crime writers, and the second one, "Six Guns" (2004), is about the Western writers. I'm just starting another book on English paperback writers and will likely post some comments on those whenever there is something hardboiled or noir going on. (I've also written some other books, but they don't belong here, so...)

I'm also the editor-in-chief of two Finnish magazines, Ruudinsavu (Gunsmoke) and Pulp. The former writes about the Western fiction, from movies to comics and video games, and the latter about, well, you guessed it, pulp fiction (with a broad definition here). I just had an interview with Marijane Meaker in Pulp and earlier with James Reasoner in Ruudinsavu.

My likes are wide and range from old hardboiled pulp crime fiction and the fifties paperback stuff to new guys like Pelecanos and Ellroy. I've been reading mostly Westerns in the last two years, so I haven't kept my eye on newcomers very sharply.

Congrats on the Rara-avians who've had books published! Keep up the good work!


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