RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir SF (is that okay?): Moore after Crider

From: foxbrick ( foxbrick@yahoo.com)
Date: 26 Oct 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Moore" <moorich@...> wrote:
> Absolutely, C.L. Moore (no relation) had a noir sensibility and her
> stories remain highly readable. She and her husband Henry Kuttner
> collaborated so completely from the time of their marriage that it is
> hard to separate one's work from the other. The Northwest Smith
> stories predate (IIRC) her linking with Kuttner, a fine writer with
> without his spouse. Most of the mystery fiction from the couple came
> out under the Kuttner name or the penname Lewis Padgett but some
> sources say Moore actually wrote some of the final Kuttner novels.

These, and the Smith and Jirel stories, were the works I was thinking of for Moore when I mentioned her earlier today...for Fritz Leiber, there were the short stories "Schizo Jimmie" and (hardboiled horror story) "I'm Looking for Jeff," along with the Spillane parody "The Night He Cried" I've mentioned here a ways back...as well as such pivotal work as "Smoke Ghost," "Coming Attraction," and YOU'RE ALL ALONE, which are noirish as all hell where not hb.

Todd Mason

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