RARA-AVIS: (Forward) BLACK MASK collections (LONG)

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 28 Mar 2001

I got this off the fictionmags list, and I don't think the writer would mind me forwarding it. If you can add anything, please let him know. Even unfinished it's a handy list to have.

William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

---------- Forwarded message ---------- >Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 10:31:11 -0800 >From: Rob Preston <rpreston@juniper.net> >Subject: [fictionmags] The BLACK MASK collecto

This is a first attempt at indexing every story that has ever been reprinted in book form of this legendary magazine. Due to the scarcity of copies of this pulp I started digging into reprinted works just to get a taste of this magazine, haven't looked back since. First I'll cover anthologies, then single author collections. Also a preliminary attempt at a bibliography of the articles and materials written about the magazine will be attempted. Any and all contibutions to this list would be greatly appreciated.
"The Hard-Boiled Omnibus" edited by Joseph T. Shaw, Simon & Schuster, 1946. (The 1st and greatest anthology. essential. Released as a paperback years many years later, missing some stories) Shaw, Joseph T, Introduction Des Ormeaux, J.J.(Forrest Rosaire) "The Devil Suit.", July 1932 Shay, Reuben Jennings "Taking His Time.", January 1931 Hammett, Dashiell "Fly Paper.", August 1929 Decolta, Ramon(Raoul Whitfield) "Death in the Pasig.", March 1930 Chandler, Raymond "The Man Who Liked Dogs.". March 1936 Davis, Norbert "Red Goose.", February 1934 Coxe, George Harmon "Murder Mixup.", May 1936 Cain, Paul (Peter Ruric) "Red 71.", December 1932 Whitfield, Raoul "Inside Job.", February 1932 Dent, Lester "Sail", October 1936 Booth, Charles G. "Sister Act.", February 1933 Walsh, Thomas "Best Man.", October 1934 Lybeck, Ed "Kick-Back.", January 1932 Torrey, Roger "Clean Sweep.", February 1934 Tinsley, Theodore "South Wind.", November 1932
"The Sleeping and the Dead", edited by August Derleth, ?. 1947 Wandrei, Howard "The Last Pin", February 1940"
As Tough as They Come" edited by Will Oursler, Perma Books paperback, Doubleday & Co. , 1951 (while containing only 1 specific Black Mask Story it is 370 pages of great hard boiled detective fiction_ Hammett, Dashiell "Corkscrew" September 1925
"The Hardboiled Dicks" edited by Ron Goulart, Sherbourne Press, 1965 Nebel, Frederick "Winter Kill.", November 1935 Decolta, Ramon(Whitfield, Raoul) "China Man.", March 1932 Gruber, Frank "Death on Eagles Crag.", December 1937 Dent, Lester "Angelfish.", december 1936
"The Hard-Boiled Detective" edited by Herbert Ruhm, Vintage Books paperback, 1977 Ruhm, Herbert, Introduction Daly, Carroll John "The False Burton Combs.", December 1922 Collinson, Peter(Dashiell Hammett) "The Road Home.", December 1922 Dashiell Hammett "The Gutting of Couffignal.", December 1925 Davis, Norbert "Kansas City Flash.", March 1933 Nebel, Frederick "Take it and Like it.", June 1934 Chandler, Raymond "Goldfish.", June 1936 Dent, Lester "Angelfish.", December 1936 Gardner, Erle Stanley " Leg Man.", February 1938 Coxe, George Harmon "Once Around the Clock.", May 1941 Constiner, Merle ""The Turkey Buzzard Blues.", July 1943 Brandon, William E. "It's so Peaceful in the Country.", November 1934 Hamlin, Kurt "Killer Come Home.", March 1948 Fairman, Paul W. "Big-time Operator.", July 1948 Fischer, Bruno "Five O'clock Menace.", May 1949

"The Arbor House Treasury of Detective & Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps" compiled by Bill Pronzini, 1983 Collinson, Peter" (Hammett, Dashiell) "Arson Plus.", 0ctober 1, 1923 McCoy, Horace "The Mopper-Up.", November 1931 Nebel, Frederick "Red Pavement.", December 1932 Daly, Carroll John "Knights of the Open Palm.", June 1, 1923 Cain, Paul "Parlor Trick.", July 1932
"The Black Mask Boys" edited by William F. Nolan, William Morrow & Co., 1985 (Absolutely essential and relatively easy collection to find. If you want a good start on learning about this magazine, this is where it needs to happen. Every author gets a writeup before each story adding icing to the cake. A tip of the hat to Mr. Nolan) Introduction History of a pulp, The Life & Times of Black Mask" Daly, Carroll John "Three Gun Terry.", May 15, 1923 Hammett, Dashiell "Bodies Piled Up.", December 1, 1923 Gardner, Erle Stanley "Hell's Kettle.", June 1930 Whitfield, Raoul, "Sal the Dude.", October 1929 Nebel, Frederick "Rough Justice.", November 1930 McCoy, Horace "Frost Rides Alone.", March 1930 Cain, Paul "Murder Done in Blue.", June 1933 Chandler, Raymond "Blackmailers Don't Shoot.", December 1933
"Tough Guys & Dangerous Dames" edited byRobert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz, and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes & Noble Books, 1993
DeColta, Ramon (Raoul Whitfield), The Magician Murder.", November 1932 Cain, Paul "Black.", May 1932 Dent, Lester "Sail.", October 1936
Single Author Collections:
Ballard, W.T., "Murder Can't Stop", Graphic, 1946, paperback This may not be a BMreprint as it appears to be a novel with the same character that was in BM, Bill Lennox. I'm including it for completeness sake
Cain, Paul "Fast One", Black Lizard, 1987, reprinted numerous times originally done as separate stories instead of a continuous serial novel "Fast One" March 1932 "Lead Party", April 1932 "Velvet" June 1932 "The Heat" August 1932 "The Dark", September 1932
Cain, Paul "Seven Slayers", Black Lizard, 1987, reprinted numerous times "Black", May 1932 "Red 71", December 1932 "Parlor Trick", July 1932 "One, Two, Three", May 1933 "Murder in Blue", originally "Murder Done in Blue", June 1933 "Pigeon Blood", November 1933 "Pineapple", March 1936
Cave, Hugh B. "Long Live the Dead, Crippen & Landru, 2000 "Too Many Women", May 1934 "Dead Dog", March 1937 "Shadow", April 1937 "Curtain Call", November 1938 "Long Live the Dead",December 1938 "Smoke Gets in your eyes",December 1938 "Lost-And Found", April 1940 "The Missing Mr. Lee", November 1940 "Front Page Frame-Up", February 1941 "Stranger in Town", April 1941
Chandler, Raymond (detail to be filled in later)
Coxe, George Harmon "Flash-Casey - Detective, Avon Murder Mystery Monthly #39, 1946 "Women are Trouble", April 1935 "To Many Women", September 1936 "Casey-Detective", February 1935 "Once around the Clock", May 1941
Coxe, George Harmon "Silent are the Dead" 1942, paperback? originally serial novel "Killers are Camera Shy", September-November 1941
Coxe, George Harmon, "Murder For Two", Dell, 1943, paperback originally serial novel "Blood on the Lens", January-March 1943
Daly, Carroll John "The Snarl of the Beast", HarperPerennial, 1992, trade paperback. Published as a hardcover novel 1929, not seen originally a serial from June - September 1927 Daly, Carroll John, "The Hidden Hand", HarperPerennial, 1992, trade paperback, published as a hardcover novel 1929, not seen. Loosely organised 5 part serial "The Hidden Hand" June 1928 "Wanted For Murder", July 1928 "Rough Stuff" August 1928 "The Last Chance" September 1928 "The Last Shot" October 1928
Gardner, Erle Stanley, "Dead Men's Letters and other Short Novels", Carroll & Graf, 1990, hardcover "Dead Men's Letters", December 1926 "Laugh That off", September 1926 "The Cat-Woman", February 1927 "This Way Out", March 1927 "Come and Get it", April 1927 "In Full of Account" May 1927
Gruber, Frank "Brass Knuckles", Sherbourne Press, 1966, hardcover "Ask Me Another", June 1937 "Dog Show Murder", March 1938 "Funny Man", May 1939 "Oliver Quade at the Races", November 1939 "Forced Landing", October 1938 "Death Sits Down", May 1938 "Words and Music", March 1940 "State Fair Murder", February 1939 "Rain, the Killer", September 1937
Some brief commentary about Hammett: I'm a bit hesitant to list any of the Hammett short fiction for the reason that it is known that many of the stories that appeard in book form are different than the original pulp magazine appearance. I don't know the extent of their change, but there is a forthcoming Library of the Americas hardcover that should reprint unchanged original text. Suffice it to say most of these titles are incredibly well known and I'm just listing titles as this material is easily found. All have been reprinted numerous times Hammett, Dashiell "The Continental Op", "The Maltese Falcon", Red Harvest", "The Dain Curse", "The Glass Key", "The Big Knockover". a recent collection containing some less well known Hammett stories is: "Nightmare Town", Knopf, 1999 "The Second-Story Angel", November 15 1923 "The Man Who Killed Dan Odams", January 15th 1924 "Night Shots", February 1 1924 "Afraid of a Gun", March 1st, 1924 "Zigzags of Treachery", March 1st 1924 "One Hour", April 1st 1924 "The Assistant Murderer", February 1926
Wandrei, Howard "The Last Pin", Fedogan & Bremer, 1996 "The Last Pin", February 1940 contained with the limited edition and as a promo booklet is the story "Saith the Lord" with is the original unedited version of "The last Pin" Also contained in the booklet is much to interest the fan of Black Mask(and Howard Wandrei of course)
Whitfield, Raoul "Green Ice"No Exit Press, 1988, tradepaperback, also a hardcover in 1930, not seen Presented as separate stories as "The Crime Breeders" "Outside", December 1929 "Red Smoke", January 1930 "Green Ice", February 1930 "Oval face", March 1930 "Killers Show" April 1930
Whitfield, Raoul "Death in a Bowl", No Exit Press, 1988, tradepaperback, also a hardcover in 1931, not seen September-November 1930 originally titled "The Maestro Murder" in first hardcover?
Woolrich, Cornell: no single collection that I'm aware of by this author has collected all or numerous BM stories under one title, Woolrich collections are all over the place. In all honesty Woolrich is worth acquiring anywhere you can get him, so at this poiint in the list I'm leaving Woolrich out: Get 'em all!
Brief commentary on Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: Numerous stories from BM have been reprinted in this magazine, from what I understand (and I've not compared any first hand as I have no files of EQMM) many have been edited, so if this is the case I do not consider them real reprints for the sake of this list.
Books on Black Mask or containing material related to Black Mask:
"Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties" edited by David Madden, Southern Illinois University Press, 1968, sc and hc editions, reprinted a few times. essential and primary "scholarly" articles covering a wide range of topics.
Wilt, David "Hardboiled in Hollywood" Bowling Green Popular Press, 1991, sc and hc editions. Contains enough information on 5 BM authors to keep you interested even if you are not a film enthusiast.
"Raymond Chandler Speaking" edited by Dorothy Gardiner and Katherine Sorley Walker, 1962, reprint 1997 by University of California Press, Berkeley
"Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler" edited by Frank MacShane, Delta, 1987 (lots of great material related to BM contained herein, besides being great commentary on detective fiction and excellent letters to boot)
Cave, Hugh B. "Magazines I Remember", Tattered Pages Press, 1993
Cook, Michael L. "Mystery, Detective, And Espionage Magazines", Greenwood, 1983, Contains a 6 page entry on BM by E.R. Hagemann
Gruber, Frank "The Pulp Jungle". Sherbourne Press, 1967 (an essential read, informative and to my knowledge the longest book written by a detective pulp author about the pulps and detective pulps, Black Mask included.
Some questions: has "The Armchair Detective" ever been indexed? I need the following articles from this magazine. Finch, G.A.: on Daly, Carroll John Hagemann, E.R.: on Paul Cain Nolan, William F. "The Black Mask Boys Go Legit" vol 13#1, Winter 1980
need these items from "Clues, the Journal of Detection" from Bowling Green Popular Press: Barson, Michael S: on Daly & Race Williams Lewis, Dave: on Frederick Nebel Lewis, Dave "The Backbone of Black Mask" vol 2#2, fall/winter 1981 Hagemann, E.R.: Fall/Winter 1981 issue (has 116 page piece on pulp detective fiction) Murray, Will, "Lester Dent, The Last of Joe Shaw's Black Mask Boys" vol 2#2, Fall/Winter 1981
Kemble, Stewart "Gardner and Black Mask" in THE PULP ERA #72 December 1969
Wantlist Books: (directly from or related to BM) Babcock, Dwight V. "Homicide for Hannah", Avon Murder Mystery Monthly 1943 or 1941 hardcover Ballard, W.T. "Dealing out Death", novel, about Bill Lennox, may not be reprinted from Black Mask but is a character from this magazine Booth, Charles G. "Murder Strikes Thrice" (3 Novellettes) Coxe, George Harmon "Silent are the Dead" 1942, paperback Daly, Carroll John "The Third Murderer" Daly, Carroll John "The Tag Murders" 1930 Davis, Norbert "The Mouse in the Mountain" Davis, Norbert "Sally in the Alley" Field, Temple (Whitfield, Raoul) "Five" 1931 hardcover Field, Temple (Whitfield, Raoul) "KIllers Carnival" 1932 hardcover Gardner,Erle Stanley (I believe there is a 40's or 50's paperback reprinting Bm stories) Gardner,Erle Stanley 1990's companion to title listed above. Gruber, Frank "Simon Lash" Private Detective" Nebel, Frederick "Sleepers East" Nebel, Frederick "Six Deadly Dames" Reeves, Robert "Dead and Done For" Reeves, Robert "No Love Lost" Reeves, Robert "Cellini Smith: Detective"
Books about: Nevins, Francis M. "The Mystery Writer's Art", Bowling Green Pop Press 1970

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