RARA-AVIS: Re:Jack Ritchie's short fiction

From: Douglas G. Greene (dgreene@odu.edu)
Date: 16 Feb 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@...> wrote:
    > I find it interesting that two of Ritchie's collections were subtitled
    > "Detective Comedies" and "Suspense Comedies"...and below David makes
    > note of his "funny" stories...but I never really viewed Ritchie's
    work in
    > that context. Yes, they demonstrate a great deal of clever, macabre
    wit --
    > just as Henry Slesar's and Stanley Ellin's short stories do (to select a
    > couple other writers from the same era and with the same relative
    tone), but
    > I'd never label any of them as comedic writers, per se.
    > Apparently, though, I'm in the minority. Maybe my sense of humor
    needs an
    > adjustment.
    > Ron C.

    Ron -- Those subtitles were added by the editor Mike Nevins. I find the stories sometimes funny, but more often ironic.

    > > -----Original Message-----
    > > From: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com
    [mailto:rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com] On
    > > Behalf Of David Wright
    > > Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2009 3:38 PM
    > > To: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com
    > > Subject: RE: RARA-AVIS: Re:Jack Ritchie's short fiction
    > >
    > > I'm a big fan of Ritchie, who is a masterful plotter and elegant
    > with great
    > > timing and a very deft, understated wit. ... Although they're
    funny, he
    > definitely had his darker side, It

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