Remembered for his novel They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, author Horace McCoy began his writing career as a mainstay during the golden age of Black Mask Magazine, selling nearly 20 stories to editor Joseph T. Shaw. A former aviator, McCoy penned 14 gritty stories of Jerry Frost for Black Mask: a flying Texas Ranger, one of “Hell’s Stepsons” who patrolled the border. It was McCoy’s greatest work for the pulps prior to departing for a lengthy career as a scriptwriter.
This edition collects the first half of the Frost series, most of which have never before been reprinted. Also including an all-new introduction by John Wooley.
Traveling encyclopedia salesman Oliver Quade may be the most unlikely detective to appear in the pages of the pulp magazines of the 1930s. Known for marveling crowds by reciting the memorized contents of The Compendium of Human Knowledge, Quade—known better as The Human Encyclopedia—has a habit of letting this knowledge lead him into the middle of one murder investigation after another.
Collected for the first time are the first half of The Human Encyclopedia stories, including the rare early stories: most of which have never before been reprinted. Also including all of the original magazine illustrations and an authoritative introduction by Black Mask conservator Keith Alan Deutsch.
Premiering in the pages of Black Mask magazine during the peak of editor Joseph T. Shaw’s era, author Theodore A. Tinsley penned one of the longest-running and most popular series to see print in the pages of that historic Detective magazine. Celebrity gossip reporter for The Daily Planet, Jerry Tracy was a cynical, wisecracking columnist. Though a bit of a muckraker, Tracy had a sense of justice when it came to his friends and his fellow New York City residents.
Written by one of the authors of The Shadow magazine, these tough-written stories are a fast-paced and action-packed read. Featuring an all-new introduction by Will Murray. Collecting the next third of the series.
Written by Peter Paige, one of Black Mask editor Fanny Ellsworth’s finds after succeeding Joseph Shaw’s tenure in that same role, Paige introduced the tough-as-nails detective Cash Wale and partner Sailor Duffy: a series worthy of the esteemed lineage of Black Mask magazine. Quickly plucked by Black Mask’s rival, Dime Detective, the cases of Cash Wale were a mainstay of that magazine for the next decade. Never before in book form, this edition collects his first five cases: “Voodoo Frame,” “The Corpse Promoter,” “Lotta Had a Husband,” “Wanted: Dead and Alive!,” and “The Bullet From Nowhere.” And it includes an all-new introduction by popular fiction authority John Wooley.
On the strength of having sold only two stories to the legendary Black Mask magazine, Doc Savage creator Lester Dent is today hailed as one of the foremost practitioners of the Hardboiled School of detective fiction fostered by Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and others.
But what stories they were! Employing his personal experiences treasure hunting in the Caribbean, Lester created Miami’s boat-dwelling private detective Oscar Sail, a clear forerunner to John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee and Miami Vice’s Sonny Crockett.
This definitive collection brings together both much-anthologized Oscar Sail exploits, as well as a variant draft of “Sail” featuring a strikingly different version of the Florida sleuth.
Also included are related stories featuring similar characters and settings.
Laughing Death is a story of gunfire and airships, of love and revenge. Sanford Greer (S.G.), Prosecuting Attorney of Center City, is put “on the spot” by five men. Gary Greer, who is the pilot in charge of the South Side Airport, starts out to get those five men and avenge his father’s death.
Swift, written in dynamic prose, thrill piled on thrill, this book by Raoul Whitfield has the gusto of an Edgar Wallace, and something of the power of a Dashiell Hammett.
Quite possibly Raoul Whitfield’s best novel, it has achieved legendary status due to its rarity, no doubt due to it appearing in desirable issues of Black Mask which also published serial installments of The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key. Rarely have readers had the chance to read this superior series in its original form, until now.
Collected for the first time: prolific pulp writer Norvell W. Page’s stories of private sleuth Jules Tremaine and his battles with the Catrini crime family from the pages of Black Mask magazine. Witnessing their cruelty first-hand, Tremaine sets out to whittle the Catrini down to size—violently. Over the course of three consecutively published stories, Page built a compelling narrative of gut-wrenching crimes and brutal street justice.
Among the earliest detective stories written by the future author of The Spider magazine, the popularity of the Jules Tremaine series likely helped Page in snagging that prestigious Spider assignment. Also collected in this edition are several other detective stories by Page from the same era, including his backup story from the first issue of The Spider. Includes an all-new introduction by pulp historian Will Murray.
Premiering in the pages of Black Mask magazine during the speak of editor Joseph T. Shaw’s era, author Theodore A. Tinsley penned one of the longest-running and most popular series to see print in the pages of that historic Detective magazine. Celebrity gossip reporter for The Daily Planet, Jerry Tracy was a cynical, wisecracking columnist. Though a bit of a muckraker, Tracy had a sense of justice when it came to his friends and his fellow New York City residents.
Written by one of the authors of The Shadow magazine, these tough-written stories are a fast-paced and action-packed read. Featuring an introduction by Boris Dralyuk.
The complete tales of the mysterious John Solomon, the Cockney British ship’s chandler operating out of Port Said, and who is really a British secret agent, is finally collected in a Deluxe Edition set of hardcovers. Written by “the King of the Pulps,” H. Bedford-Jones, this three-volume series collects all 25 stories in this: the longest-running series Bedford-Jones ever wrote. Each story also includes all of the original pulp illustrations (by illustrators such as Arthur Rodman Bowker, Samuel Cahan, Don Hewitt, Roger B. Morrison, Robert Sears and Paul Stahr).
Volume 1 collects all of the published John Solomon stories from 1914 and 1915: “The Gate of Farewell,” “John Solomon, Supercargo,” “Solomon’s Quest,” “Gentleman Solomon,” “The Seal of John Solomon,” and “Solomon’s Carpet.” Volume 2 collects all of the published John Solomon stories from 1916 and 1921: “Solomon’s Submarine,” “John Solomon, Argonaut,” “The Shawl of Solomon,” “Pilgrim Solomon,” “John Solomon, Retired,” “Solomon’s Son,” “John Solomon,” and “John Solomon, Incognito.” Volume 3 collects all of the published John Solomon stories from 1926 and 1935: “The Wisdom of Solomon,” “The Mysterious John Solomon,” “John Solomon’s Biggest Game,” “The Gold of Ishmael,” “Solomon’s Caves,” “Solomon Settles Accounts,” “Solomon in the Catacombs,” “The Terror of Algiers,” “John Solomon of Limehouse,” “The Case of the Kidnapped Duchess,” and “The Case of the Deadly Barque.”
Quite likely one of the most hyped—and most mysterious—Black Mask authors to ever appear in its pages, Ed Lybeck made his debut as one of editor Joesph Shaw’s new faces in the wake of Dashiell Hammett’s departure. For Black Mask, Lybeck penned the hard-boiled stories of Francis St. Xavier Harrigan, a former gunman-turned-reporter for the New York Leader.
Though his duration as a Black Mask author was brief, his status as one of its greatest alums was certified by his inclusion in the historic retrospective of Black Mask, The Hard-boiled Omnibus. This edition collects—for the first time—the entirety of Lybeck’s Black Mask output. Includes an all-new introduction by pulp historian Will Murray.
One of the most talented authors to be recruited to write for Black Mask Magazine following the departure of Dashiell Hammett, Stewart Sterling made a lasting impression on readers with his initial series character, Johnny Hi Gear: undercover police agent K-Five who battled gambling rackets during the Great Depression.
Never before reprinted, this popular series jump-started Sterling’s writing career which covered spans of time in radio, TV, and hardcovers, along with writing some of pulpdom’s most popular heroes, the Black Bat and The Spider. Collecting all 8 stories, along with an all-new introduction by Will Murray.