Author D.L. Champion’s knack for penning quirky series characters reached a new height with his stories of skinflint shamus Rex Sackler, one of Black Mask’s longest-running and most beloved series. Already a reader favorite for his Inspector Allhoff stories in Black Mask’s companion title, Dime Detective, Champion chronicled the offbeat cases of Rex Sackler, the greedy gumshoe who “could squeeze a nickel till the buffalo cried uncle.”
The Rex Sackler series allowed Champion to display his talent for sardonic wit and humor in more than two dozen frequently hilarious novelettes published in Black Mask during the 1940s. This volume collects the first eight stories. With an all-new introduction by Ed Hulse.
The Luther McGavock stories are not your garden variety hardboiled detective yarns. These Black Mask stories are so rich in place and detail that they almost seem a travelogue of small-town life in the Deep South.
Having bounced around to just about every major agency in the country, Luther McGavock finally settled in the Atherton Browne Agency in Memphis, and his cases take him to small towns in the Tennessee hill-country. As an outsider, McGavock is our tour guide to this odd world of the Deep South.
Written by one of the most polished writers to see print in Black Mask, author Merle Constiner’s writing is vivid, his characters complex, and his mysteries deep. This edition collects the first four stories in the series. Includes an all-new introduction by Evan Lewis.
Spanning ancient Roman times, Normandy, medieval England and Germany, France, and colonial America, and including appearances by Cleopatra, d’Artagnan, and Cyrano de Bergerac, author H. Bedford-Jones details some of the most pivotable moments in history in this interconnected 17-part historical epic. The World Was Their Stage is one of the longest novels written by “the King of the Pulps,” H. Bedford-Jones, and has never before been reprinted.
Featuring scores of vintage story illustrations by George Avison, Merritt Berger, Pedar Cavanagh, John Richard Flanagan, Peter Kuhlhoff, J. Clinton Shepherd, and Raymond Sisley, along with a cover by Herbert Morton Stoops.