Patricia Highsmith was known to carry around snails in her purse. In her books, she masterfully murdered her characters in locations throughout New York City where she had sexual encounters. She ironed her jeans. She loved to weed because she considered it a form of murder.
H.P. Lovecraft gave us the literary creature Cthuhlu, a monster that spawned a mythology, countless rock bands, endless spin-off video games and an infinite number of pronunciations. He was a prolific letter writer and influenced Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates.
Highsmith and Lovecraft offer the reader a fantastic opportunity to experience expertly written horror and suspense, American-style. Even though Strangers on a Train catapulted Highsmith to fame and Lovecraft died virtually unknown, both are considered iconic American authors.
Today, as Halloween approaches, and we find the election season nothing less than frightening, I suggest you check out the fabulous works of these two American writers, who bring us a worthy fright and welcome literary distraction from a creepy electoral spell.
I'll be discussing Patricia Highsmith's book and screening the Alfred Hitchcock directed film Strangers on a Train at San Marco Books and More. Details will be announced soon.