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