*** THORNE SMITH/ C.L. MOORE / E.E. DOC SMITH/ JAMES BRANCH CABELL/

Matt Hughes:

Also: did he read Thorne Smith as a young man, and did Smith have an influence on his style (there are similarities in the dialogue).
Reformulated by Matt (I think he'd forgotten he'd asked that one already, in fact...) 2/10:
This question is just an instance of a writer wanting to know if the writer he likes likes another writer he likes. You know what that's like.

JACK: I read a couple of stories, didnt like em much... thought he was too New Yorkish, too clever for his own good was not influenced by him at all.

Sam Salazar:

I don't see any particular Thorne Smith influence but I do see definite points of similarity between C.L.Moore's Jirel of Joiry stories from the 1930s Weird Tales and the Dying Earth stories and I know JV read Weird Tales at one time; I wonder whether he remembers these ones...?

Jirel Discovers Magic
The Dark God's Shadow
The Dark God's Kiss, etc.



JACK: Lets put it this way. I admire C.L. Moores work very much indeed. [About the titles] Dont remember, them, no. But Northwest Smith was a great character.

Joe Gottman:

Is Lens Larque's name a tribute to the sci-fi writer E. E. "Doc" Smith? Smith is best known for two series of novels, the Lensman series and the Skylark series.

JACK: No, in no way whatsoever.

Dan Gunter:

Some ignorant sot who occasionally stumbles onto the Jack Vance Message Board has suffered a hallucination in which your prose vaguely resembles (to his margarita-damaged brain) that of James Branch Cabell. Although one hesitates to believe anything spoken by said dolt (i.e., the Poster at the Board*), could you set our minds at ease by disclaiming any influence by M. Cabell?

* Think of "The Lurker at the Threshold," folks.

JACK: No, I thought he was over-civilized I read him, but thought he was, whats the word, a little hoity-toity... thats not quite the right word but self-conscious.