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October 23, 2012

Lemony Snicket interview

Daniel Handler is better known under his pen name Lemony Snicket. The author of the popular Unfortunate Series Of Events talks to Martin Chilton about the return of Lemony Snicket.

Daniel Handler is better known by his pen name Lemony Snicket. The 13-book runaway success story that was A Series Of Unfortunate Events ended in 2006 but Snicket is back.

All The Wrong Questions is Snicket’s first ‘authorised’ autobiographical account of his childhood and book one of the new series, a darkly comic noir thriller, is called Who Could That Be At This Hour?

Ah. How do you ask the author of All The Wrong Questions the right question?

Better to start simply. After the Gothic charm of Unfortunate Events, was it difficult writing noir? Snicket, who is based in San Francisco, says: “It was enjoyable to be back in the Snicket universe. I have been a fan of Gothic all my life and noir only more recently. I have been reading a lot of Charles Willeford [author of Miami Blues], Dashiell Hammett [The Maltese Falcon], Jim Thompson [The Killer Inside Me] and, of course, Raymond Chandler. After completing this book, my esteem for these celebrated writers in the genre just grew. I think Chandler is really at the top echelon of American literature.

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