RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardluck; G.H. Otis

From: George Tuttle ( noirfiction@whoever.com)
Date: 21 Apr 2005

I strongly recommend Bourbon Street by G. H. Otis. Though I suspect the author was not New Orleans native, this book is still a great piece of noir. Editor Arnold Hano of Lion Books always got the best out of a writer (for example, Day Keene with Sleep with the Devil and Joy House, Richard Prather with Lie Down, Killer and The Peddler, and David Goodis with The Burglar and Black Friday). You know, it would be easy to create a list of the best works of noir fiction and list only titles published by Lion Books. Since I'm recommending stuff, another great Lion title: David Karp's The Brotherhood in Velvet. The movie version, The Brotherhood of the Bell (1970), with screenplay by Karp is also good.

Thanks, Juri, for info on Otis. I always assumed it was a penname. I was just clueless when it can to the "for whom."


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Juri Nummelin"
<juri.nummelin@p...> wrote:
> Dave, the comic is pretty nice! The whole issue looks good, but I
> don't have the time now to read all the stories. I will, in the
> near future.
> One minor point: Gary Lovisi says this in his interview:
> "guy named G.H. Otis wrote 2 fast, hard books for Lion I love,
> Bourbon Street (the better of the two) and Hot Cargo, also great
> fun."
> There was a writer called Otis Hemmingway Gaylord, who is surely
> behind G.H. Otis. Besides these two, he wrote the novelization of
> Boetticher's "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (1960), some sex
> paperbacks and Westerns as by Peter Dawson when the real Dawson
> had died (= in the sixties). I've read or skimmed through some of
> this Westerns. They are not very good, but maybe his hour was
> before this. Nice to hear about his discovery!
> FWIW, both G.H. Otis titles are from 1953.
> Juri
> http://pulpetti.blogspot.com

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