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Something More Than Night

Something More Than Night

2021 . Fiction, Horror, Mashups, Mystery & Detective . Kim Newman

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About the book

With his signature wit, the award-winning author of Anno Dracula, Kim Newman, reimagines the lives of Raymond Chandler and Boris Karloff in this daring and horrifying tale. 'If more mysteries were written like this, I’d read more mysteries.' - Grady Hendrix, author of The Final Girl Support Group Hollywood, the late 1930s. Raymond Chandler writes detective stories for pulp magazines, and drinks more than he should. Boris Karloff plays monsters in the movies. Together, they investigate mysterious matters in a town run by human and inhuman monsters. Joh Devlin, an investigator for the DA’s office who scores high on insubordination, enlists the pair to work a case that threatens to expose Hollywood’s most horrific secrets. Together they will find out more than they should about the way this town works. And about each other. And, oh yes, monsters aren’t just for the movies.

Year:

2021

Language:

English

Publisher:

Titan Books (US, CA)

Pages:

368

ISBN:

1789097746 (ISBN13: 9781789097740)

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A Revisionist Mythos: Frankenstein Versus Cthulhu Something More Than Night fuses two mythic traditions that were crystallized in popular film and pulp fiction of the 1930s: mad science (à la Frankenstein) and private-eye noir. (Ball devotes a chapter to Sherlock Holmes, the Victorian progenitor of the modern P.I.) Newman displayed his fondness for noir — and his mastery of its generic megatext — in the very first novel published under his byline, The Night Mayor (1989), whose gameworld setting was a black-and-white metropolis populated by corrupt cops and cheap hoods, where it was “always two thirty in the morning and raining.” Something More Than Night splices that umbrous hard-boiled dreamscape with the campy lightning strikes that kindle the dead in Whale’s classic movie, and the result is a delicious homage to — and satire of — Hollywood in the studio era About the author: Rob Latham is the author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (Chicago, 2002), co-editor of the Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010), and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction (2014) and Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings (2017). A senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies for two decades, he is currently an editor-at-large for LARB.

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