Thanks for the excellent interview with Tom Franklin. It's refreshing
to see a mainstream author embrace his genre influences so openly.
I liked his Poachers collection. I wasn't that thrilled about Smonk
(I reviewed it here: http://saddlebums.blogspot.com/2007/09/saddlebums-review-smonk-by-tom- franklin.html).
I guess you can call his writings - including his Westersns -
noirish. I think the escellent Hard Times mag dedicated an issue to
noir Westerns. Speaking of which, has anyone read Tom Piccirilli's
two Westerns? I have one of them and intend to read it soon.
--- In email@example.com, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
> Recent additions that might be of interest:
> Cameron Hughes's interview with Steve Alten focusing on his new
> thriller, The Shell Game, "a cautionary tale about the end of oil
> next 9/11, an event, already being planned", that's provoked some
> reactions. "I was harassed by a disinformation group that feared
> success. So they sent a few warning shots over my bow. Like
> photos of my home on blogs, my address, my private unlisted phone
> wife's name, my personal e-mails..."
> Rob McClure Smith's interview with Tom Franklin, fine writer of
> 'southerns'/industrial gothic (or even rural noir). Talking of his
> "We did everything but snakes. Church in our house, speaking in
> raising of hands, the Holy Spirit, healings, book burnings,
> being asked to leave the Baptist church, my parents and some of my
> uncles built a church in the country and were ultimately kicked out
> Long weird story."
> And an excellent piece by Jay Jeff Jones: 'Lost City, The Las Vegas
> O'Brien and Hunter S Thompson'.
> "O'Brien described Leaving Las Vegas as a suicide note, as much as
> this in a call to his New York agent Ray Powers only days before he
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