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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Guest Highlord Anne C. Perry on Growing Up Geek

We’re at a nice natural break in Dragons of Autumn Twilight; a good time for one of our Guest Highlords to leap in and tell us what’s what.

This month, we’re visited by Anne C Perry, Editor at Hodder & Stoughton and the devious editorial mind supporting fantasy authors like Nnedi Okorafor, Lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene. Which goes to show that a youth reading about dragons and rolling dice wasn’t wasting time as much as ‘career planning’.

[Wiggly flashback hands]

Series: Dragonlance Reread

Heart of Darkness: Tragedy and The Killer Inside Me

Jim Thompson, a twentieth century American pulp author of more than 30 novels, is infamous for writing some of the darkest noir ever put to page. Stephen King, who counts Thompson among his favorite authors, wrote with a kind of awe of Thompson’s bleak stories. “There are three brave lets” in Thompson’s writing, King explained in the introduction to Thompson’s Now and On Earth: “he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it.” While adapting Jim Thompson’s novel The Grifters for film, director Stephen Frears noted a relationship between Thompson’s work and certain elements of classical Greek tragedy. Thompson’s raw, stripped-down noir informs and feeds back into these elements in a hellish kind of positive feedback loop; together, they create an unrepentantly bleak — but absolutely recognizable — vision of modern life. Nowhere is this relationship more evident than in Thompson’s 1952 masterpiece The Killer Inside Me.

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Series: Noir Week on Tor.com