Re: RARA-AVIS: Black Mask Books Clarification

From: Bob Toomey (
Date: 16 Apr 2000

Keith Alan Deutsch wrote:

> Doug and I now plan to publish a series of SINGLE AUTHOR collections of Black
> Mask authors in the Black Mask book line, starting late this summer, probably
> with a Jo Gar collection (the little island detective series character created
> by Raoul Whitfield writing as Ramon DeColta). Doug and I are both Whitfield
> fans--as was his pal Hammett. Whitfield wrote for Black Mask before Hammett
> and mentored him in various ways all through their long friendship.

This is wonderful news. That material has languished in obscurity for far too many years. What other authors do you have in mind for collections?
> I am also planning different kinds of books for the Black Mask line with other
> publishing associates--novels, multi-author collections, etc. The Black Mask
> Books, including those Doug works on with me, will all feature Black Mask
> cover art, original Black Mask interior illustrations, and other graphic/visual
> format elements from the magazine.

Wonderful, wonderful. Please keep us apprised of this project.


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