Re: RARA-AVIS: New/old member reintroduction

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 31 Dec 2006

You're back again, Colin! Great.

Happy New Year to all.


At 11:45 AM 31/12/2006 -0500, wrote:

>Hello Avians,
>I have been here for years, went through a busy posting time, then, all was
>silence. I hosted a month once, on hardboiled British fiction and aim to
>become active again.
>Having just realised that pshycopathology and the management of newspapers
>seem to go twisted hand in iron glove I think I can now safely describe myself
>as a freelance journalist, writer and musician (through my Altar Ego, The
>Reverend Spadge Dooley, chief executive officer of the Church of the Awesome
>Machine Accidental.... not so much hardboiled and noir, as deep fried and crispy
> brown.)
>My hardboiled Gods are somewhat predictable: Chandler, Hammett, Derek
>Raymond, Jim Thompson, Horace McCoy sit at the top. I enjoy Pelecanos and love
>David Peace, who is the author of the last (nearly) hardboiled piece I read - The
>Damned United, which I would happily reccomend to anyone who can live in the
>world of English soccer and man's inhumanity to man. I'm also a big fan of
>the Maigret series and the man who started me on my life of crime was the
>grandest grandaddy of them all, Sherlock Holmes.
>In my work as a journalist I have regularly interviewed the Forest of Dean's
>highest profile crime writer, Andrew Taylor (The Lydmouth series, An
>American Boy) - who is probabaly not hardboiled by most standards - and CJ Emerson,
>a new author from the area who Mr Taylor praises highly and who probably has
>been in the pan a little longer. Shamefully, I am yet to have a chance to
>complete Ms Emerson's debut so can't report on it, it looks promising though.
>I should like to start posting again and becoming a more active Avian.
>Happy new year to you all anyway - may your murders be grizzly and your evil
>Colin Ricketts.
>Join my Church:

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