Re: RARA-AVIS: occult PIs

From: foxbrick (
Date: 09 Jun 2008

--- In, "jacquesdebierue"
<jacquesdebierue@...> wrote:
> --- In, John Armstrong <pachuco@>
> >
> > One of the first books I read that introduced magic into what
> > otherwise a normal world was Magic Inc by R. A. Heinlein. I've
been a
> > sucker for that them, done well, ever since.
> >
> Sturgeon did magicians and carnivals very well. Pretty lurid stuff.
> Great writer.

Sturgeon was the first and most obvious model for Ray Bradbury, who also was fond of such things. Robert Bloch, Robert Arthur, Thorne Smith, L. Sprague de Camp, John Collier, Idris Seabright/Margaret St. Clair, Damon Knight, and Algis Budrys among the others who've contributed to such traditions.

Is "lurid" the word you'd use to describe Sturgeon, Mario? Even when blatant, I'm not sure I'd go with "lurid."

Todd Mason

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