Re: RARA-AVIS: THE BLACK MASK BOYS & Pre-1930 Black Mask writers ?

Date: 27 Nov 2002

In a message dated 11/26/2002 8:05:49 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> I've got BLACK MASK BOYS ordered. I notice that some story
> collections don't have original publish dates for the stories.
> Does this book have publish dates? Are there many stories
> from
> pre-1930?

Miker, In addition to reading the Crime Novels LOA collection, I've been slowly making my way through THE BLASK MASK BOYS. It's a really excellent compendium of the historical background of the magazine as well as interesting biographical and bibliographical info on each of the authors chosen. There are 8 authors represented with stories in the book:

"Three Gun Terry" by Carroll John Daly (May, 1923)
"Bodies Piled Up" by Dashiell Hammett (December, 1923)
"Hell's Kettle" by Erle Stanley Gardner (June, 1930)
"Sal the Dude" by Raoul Whitfield (October, 1929)
"Rough Justice" by Frederick Nebel (November, 1930)
"Frost Flies Alone" by Horace McCoy (March, 1930)
"Gundown" by Paul Cain (June, 1933)
"Blackmailers Don't Shoot" by Raymond Chandler (December, 1930)

I'm still ploughing through it, but so far editor William F. Nolan seems to have done an outstanding job of researching information on the magazine and some of it's main contributors. Hope this answers your question about the dates of the stories. There's a list of each author's complete publication history in the magazine at the end of each story. Hope you enjoy it, Steven Harbin

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