Lawrence Coates wrote:
And maybe saying Satan with a capital S was a misstatement on
my part, and belongs more to horror.
***************** A lot of noir characters are just trying to
get something for nothing. There brand of bad is stamped with
greed and maybe lust. You mention the tempter as a Satan
archetype, and I can go for that. But another character type
that I see in the Satan image is the guy who is just pure
evil, mean and nasty for its own pleasure. There are a few of
those in noir. Lou Ford in Thompson's The Killer Inside Me is
wicked bad. I'm terrible with names, and too lazy to look it
up, but one of Harris's early Lecter novels, with Lecter in
jail, has got one horrific character working on a girl
costume. The movie is Manhunter. Highly recommended.
Intensely scarey. Tom Franklin's Smonk might fill the bill, but I'm not recommending it. Franklin's got a book of short stories that are way better. Alright, I've strayed off the topic there.
There are probably many others, but those are the only ones I
can think of right now.
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