RARA-AVIS: Re: My word usage

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 15 Aug 2006


Thanks. I don't disagree with you about the Thompson factor--there were times when I must've subconsciously been apeing Thompson, other times when I was able to slip into my own voice. I wrote this one something like 14 years ago and it was the first serious writing effort I attempted--I did try writing a few short stories before this but never seriously for publication. Some of the writing in this book makes me cringe now when I look at it, but overall most people who read it seem to like it, although some have been appalled-
-you can't please everyone. I do think the book offers an interesting dconstruction of the hardboiled PI genre. Anyway, I have a book coming out next year by Serpent's Tail, Small Crimes, which bears no resemblance to Jim Thompson (not that that would be a bad thing--no writer who I have enjoyed more), and I think anyone who reads Fast Lane will be surprised by that one.


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Juri Nummelin"
<juri.nummelin@...> wrote:
> I wrote:
> > Buzzati, by the way, has an entry in at least one encyclopedia
> > of
> > horror fiction, so he *could* be labelled noir legitimically.
> I don't know anymore the exact meaning of the last word. Maybe
> it's a totally new one?
> Just finished Dave Zeltserman's FAST LANE last night. It's a
> terrific read, in the Jim Thompson vein. The violent scenes
> really do hurt and are very repulsive. My only complaint is that
> the Thompson factor is at times too much pointed at. The same
> effect could've been accomplished with fewer words. But
> congratulations nevertheless, Dave!
> Juri
> http://pulpetti.blogspot.com

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