“The Simple Art of Murder”

By Raymond Chandler Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old-fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. Writers like Fielding and Smollett could seem realistic in the modern sense because they dealt largely with … Continue reading “The Simple Art of Murder”

How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth…

Raymond Chandler on Other Writers As Stephen Blackmore has pointed out, Raymond Chandler was a bit of an asshole. Sure, he had his moments, but he was also vain, egotistical, insecure, jealous, catty, snobbish and of course, alcoholic. Just a browse through his personal correspondence reveals a snarkiness, particularly towards other mystery writers, that's surprisingly mean-spirited, … Continue reading How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth…