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Episode 5: Charles Ardai Revealed Author and editor Charles Ardai is a double-feature unto himself. In the first half of this special hour-long episode Richard Aleas (Ardai's anagrammatical authorial alter ego) discusses his Edgar and Shamus Award nominated novel LITTLE GIRL LOST: its literary predecessors--from William Blake's poetry to period pulp, and its complex vision of justice. In the second half of the interview, Ardai the entrepreneur speaks of his imprint Hard Case Crime: the reasons for its creation, the decision to commission fresh artwork from some of the finest painters of the classic era of paperback originals, and the particular challenges of editing and publishing a line that mixes period reprints with new titles while maintaining a consistent noir worldview. Abundantly clear are the intelligence and vision that have made Ardai the reigning Pasha of Pulp publishing, and Hetman of Hard-Boiled writing. This podcast is brought to you by Clute and Edwards of www.noircast.net. To leave a comment on this episode, or make a donation to the podcast, please visit "Behind the Black Mask: Mystery Writers Revealed" at btbm.libsyn.com.
Direct download: BTBM_2006_11_15_CA.mp3
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Comments[2]

  • Holy smokes. Outstanding interview. A Masterclass on the hardboiled genre and a wonderful peek behind the Hard Case curtain. Keep up the great work guys...

    posted by: Christopher on 2006-11-17 00:48:00

  • Read this one about a month ago and enjoyed it enough that I`ll probably get the sequel (\"Songs Of Innocence\") when it comes out in June/July. The \"HARD CASE CRIME\" website is well worth a look and I particularly liked the way you can read a sample chapter. Lots to choose from and there are definately a few other horses in the race that might be worth a punt!

    posted by: N H Twine on 2007-03-13 14:32:00

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