RARA-AVIS: Another Heresy -- The Black Mask and other pulp fiction

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 04 May 2005

Something that many of us at Rara_Avis miss is that not all of Chandler and Hammett was great. It's a comment rarely made here. Many of us seem to have the opinion that just because C or H wrote it, it must be good. Some of it is just crap where we are treated ti the development of the hardboiled genre.

Many of their Black Mask stories were just "shoot
'em ups." with little character develoment and hardly any story line. For me, even *Red Harvest,* a combination of six novellas with each judged individually, is just a shoot 'em up.

It was the demand of the pulp fiction crime story of the day. Others who wrote this stuff are forgotten beccause they never went on to write great novels as Chandler and Harris did.

Jack Bludis

http://www.jackbludis.com -- updated
"Shadow of the Dahlia" now at BN.com
"Shadow" has been nominated for a Shamus

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