Your favorite lesser known author? Win a copy of Clock Without Hands

Who’s your favorite underappreciated, nearly forgotten author?

Mine is Gerald Kersh. Probably best known for writing NIGHT AND THE CITY, upon which the famous film noir was based (and the Robert DeNiro film, screenplay written by Richard Price), Kersh was a unique larger than life character, a big hulking “villanous-looking” man with a great beard and booming voice, who wrote drama, humor, mystery, science fiction, and pretty much whatever he wanted, with a fantastic talent for capturing human frailty in few words, and telling tales no one else could tell.

Harlan Ellison was a champion of his work and that’s how I discovered him, and that’s why I wrote Harlan way back when, in a letter that’s had a life of its own. And our correspondence continues–I recently mailed Harlan a copy of the book, inscribed of course. (When I met him in high school at a science fiction convention, he signed a stack of my books, so one good turn deserves another.)

Clock Without Hands includes my introduction, and three powerful novellas by Gerald Kersh. The titular tale concerns a bloody murder, a cold journalist, and an invisible witness tortured by sudden fame; the second is The Flight to World’s End, about a young orphan escaping the brutality of a reform home; and the final one is Fairy Gold, about a practical joke that goes horribly wrong.

For a chance at winning a copy, please leave your favorite lesser-known author in the comments, with a story or book of theirs we should hunt down. I’ll pick a random comment next week and share the winner in a new post.

IMG_20150221_140213And if you don’t win, you can buy the paperback or ebook here at Valancourt Books.

16 thoughts on “Your favorite lesser known author? Win a copy of Clock Without Hands

  1. There are so very many to choose from, but I’ll go with Judith Tarr. Alamut is a can’t miss novel about the Crusades. Salah al Din! Hashishayun! Baldwin IV! Great stuff, indeed.

  2. For me, Gerald Kersh is THE unfairly unknown writer. Thanks to a Harlan Ellison interview on The Late Late Show back when Tom Snyder was host, he mentioned Kersh was his favorite writer and, since Ellison was my favorite writer at the time (and remains one of my favorites), I wrote the name down and always kept an eye out for his stuff.

    It took a couple of decades before I found any (which is a crime in and of itself), but when I found the paperback of Nightmares and Dreamscapes with Ellison’s introduction, I grabbed it like I’d just found a five pound lump of pure platinum.

    Over the years since then, I’ve put together a small collection of twelve or thirteen books by Kersh and every last one of them is wonderful.

    The only other writer I can think of that is even approximately as unfairly unknown is Michael Shea, whose Nifft The Lean I haul out and reread every few years. Masterful writer.

  3. Ring Lardner. He was huge in the 1920’s, the Mitch Albom of his day in that he was a sportswriter who was a writer first and a sport fan second rather than a sport fan that took up writing. He is one of the funniest authors I’ve ever read, but his humor is incredibly dry and deadpan. His best work, “You Know Me Al”, is an fictional autobiography of a struggling pitcher who isn’t nearly as smart or talented as he thinks he is. Just amazing writing all the way around.

    p.s. FYI, I found your blog by way of Peter Del’Orto’s G+ page.

      • There are a couple of his stories on Project Gutenberg if you want to read a chapter or two before committing to a full book. The novel “Gullible’s Travels” is an account of that same pitcher blundering his way through boot camp and serving in France in WWI.

  4. Sheldon Wiebe, congratulations, you are the winner. Please contact me via the Contact form with your mailing address, if you’d like a copy of the book, and if you want it inscribed.
    Thank you all for sharing the obscure writers you champion!

  5. I found your blog by searching Kersh and have to say that around me he is no longer ignored because I bore everyone about him at every given opportunity.

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