A Taste For Death
November 19, 2009 4:25 PM Subscribe
Gil Brewer is Back.
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In the heyday of paperback originals, Brewer slaved over a typewriter, pounding out words as if his life depended on it
because his life did depend on it. He wrote for money. His novels fed his family. After WWII he started to write, but his “serious” novels garnered no interest, so he turned to the burgeoning paperback market. He made it into print with Gold Medal, selling them Satan is a Woman
, So Rich, So Dead
, and his biggest seller, The Red Scarf
. Largely, his work has languished while work from other pulp authors of the time, like Charles Willeford
and David Goodis
(Warning: autoplay audio) have seen renewed interest.
All that is changing, however. Publishers have shown a renewed interest in Brewer’s work, starting with Hard Case Crime
, which reprinted The Vengeful Virgin. Stark House Press
followed with a double offering of Wild to Possess/A Taste for Sin and another twofer, A Devil For O’Shaugnessay and Three Way Split. New Pulp Press
will be publishing Brewer’s Flight into Darkness
Brewer didn’t have an easy life. His wife will tell you so
. He struggled with alcoholism. He spent his money freely. He also wrote as Ellery Queen, Eric Fitzgerald, Bailey Morgan, and Elaine Evans. He wrote more than 50 novels all told. He drank himself to death in 1982 at 60 years old. Gil Brewer is dead. Long live Gil Brewer.