Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mickey Spillane Dies at 88

The man behind Mike Hammer died yesterday at 88 after a long illness. I started reading Spillane with the last two reprint paperbacks on the shelf at Barnes & Noble. His works were later released in two omnibuses I haven't gotten around to. Along with Hammett and Chandler, his lean, fast, violent prose popularized the hardboiled genre.

Spillane's death catalyzed a poem I'd been working on, and I've queried Crimespree about it.

UPDATE (10:58 AM): Crimespree editor Jon Jordan has accepted the poem for the News Bits section of Issue 14.

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