Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Introduction

From: Susan Evans Shaw (
Date: 12 Oct 2004

Hello all,

I am one of the newcomers to the list. My name is Susan Evans Shaw and I am a reader of noir and hard-boiled but not a writer of either form. My thing is non-fiction with a particular interest in matters historical. I trust that won't get me thrown off the list before I start.

Where's the joy in trashing Dorothy Sayers and cosies? They may not be to everyone's taste, but they have a right to existence. How many of you hardboilers cut your writerly teeth on Agatha Christie? As for Sayers, her style is definitely dated, but they are well-written and researched and more digestable than modern efforts by Martha Grimes and Elizabeth George. What does Russell James have to say about Sayers and cosies?

Yours argumentively,

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Charlie Williams
  To: rara-avis
  Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 4:57 AM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Introduction

  E.Borgers wrote:
>>As for Charlie Williams' question about UK
  magazines, I personally was reading the quarterly
  Crime Time<<

  I forgot about that one (and I subscribe to it too -
  duh). Yeah, it's thinned out a fair bit of late. I
  think one reason for that is that they no longer do
  short fiction or extracts. Still good features and
  interviews though, including (in the current issue) a
  great trashing of Dorothy L Sayers and cosies in
  general by Russell James.

  Other than that, Jim D mentions Bullets. I don't know
  much about that one and I might check it out. (PS:
  yes, I am a writer seeking markets, though right now
  I'm more concerned about writing my third novel for
  Serpent's Tail than short stories. I haven't written a
  short in three years, but I mean to have a crack when
  this novel is done.) It's still got to be said that
  there is a very poor short crime fiction scene at the
  moment. I got some horror stories published a few
  years ago and there seemed to be no end of markets for
  them. (Mostly at the small end of small press.)

  Actually, I think I read in an interview with James
  Lee Burke that he has trouble placing his short
  fiction too. That's ok then!

  PS: Hi to new rara recruits, and Jim Winter in
  particular who I know from Sarah's blog.

  Charlie Williams.

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