I’m a great pulp fiction/Noir fan, but I’d never heard of This Gun For Hire, because it sounded like an ad for a hitman. The original title of the novel by Graham Greene that inspired the film, published before World War Two, was A Gun for Sale. The revised title certainly got my attention. A title has to be catchy and should encapsulate the essential theme or point of the story. In this case, it sounds like it’s about a man who advertises his availability as a hitman.
How I became a fan of Noir is an interesting story – at least, it was for me! I hope you find it interesting. Because my passion for Noir arose at a time when I was going through the worst crisis in my life. Without going into the horrid details, let me simply say that discovering Noir had everything to do with setting me free.
Well, he certainly stepped into my life. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember asking him into my life at all. One day the Saint just appeared at my door and walked into my writer’s study and never left. To do justice to my stated theme, pulp fiction, I couldn’t very well ignore Leslie Charteris’ The Saint,
For the benefit of those who aren’t sure of the definition or scope of pulp fiction, I want to point out that pulp fiction is not one genre, but several. Overall, pulp fiction can be further broken down into sub-catergories, such as horror, fantasy, men’s adventure stories. My interest is primarily in the novels that were developed into motion