Sunday, August 09, 2015

No Comment: "Spiderweb"

“Baker feared his boss, Klotscher feared God, Mrs. Annixter feared cancer, which was a polite term for syphilis, which was a polite term for intercourse, which was a polite term for the Sin Against the Holy Ghost, which was a polite term for the fact that she really enjoyed it. By a strange coincidence, Mr. Annixter was a patient too, and he feared—Mrs. Annixter.”

—Robert Bloch, Spiderweb. Hard Case Crime paperback, 2008 (© 1954); page 85. First person narrative of the protagonist, Eddie Haines.

[No Comment is a series of posts featuring passages from both fiction and non-fiction that caught my attention. It may be the idea, the texture, or the presence that grabbed my eye. There is no analysis provided, and it invariably is out of context—since the paragraph before and after are never included.]

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Anonymous said...

I love Robert Bloch. Thanks for introducing me to a new title. Your blog must take a ton of time. What an outstanding job you do.

Ben Boulden said...

I really like Robert Bloch, too. I appreciate your kind words about my blog. It probably takes too much time, but I really enjoy doing it.