Mystery & Horror Writing, Week Nine

This week’s theme is “Detectives & Noir.” We will be discussing:

I am particularly excited about discussing the Chandler essay, which is a really provocative piece of literary criticism wherein Chandler takes on his entire genre. I don’t agree with all of his points, but anyone who writes any sort of genre fiction should give it a read–his ideas are worth mulling over.

Next week’s theme is “Revenge.” We will be reading:

  • M.R. James’ “Casting the Runes”
  • Dan Chaon’s “The Bees”
  • Stephen King’s “Dolan’s Cadillac”

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