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> I am looking into buying the Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps.
> How good are:
> Pulp Fictions Hardboiled Stories edited by Peter Haining
A mixed bag, with some weird filler. I have not found Haining to be a
very good anthologist.
> Pulp Fiction: The Villains edited by Harlan Ellison and Otto Penzler
> Pulp Fiction: The Crime Fighters edited by Otto Penzler and Harlan Coben
I have not read those.
> Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great
Pulps edited by Bill Pronzini
> American Pulp edited by Edward Gorman, Bill Pronzini, and Martin
> Pure Pulp edited by Edward Gorman, Bill Pronzini, and Martin Harry
> Pulp Masters edited by Ed Gorman and Martin Harry Greenberg
> The Mammoth Book of Pulp Action edited by Maxim Jakubowski
> The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction edited by Maxim Jakubowski
All three are highly recommendable.
There are others, including a favorite of mine: Tough Guys and
Dangerous Dames (my copy is a Barnes & Noble edition), Masterpieces of
Mystery and Suspense (Greenberg, ed., St. Martin's).
I have many others whose titles I can't recall. After a while, they
all sound the same in my memory.
Probably your best bet right now would be the Big Book of Pulps. It is
really excellent and has many unknown authors (several are literally
unknown, nobody knows who they were) and stories that make their first
appearance (a Norbert Davis, among others). It features a good balance
between luminaries -Gardner, Chandler, Davis, Hammett, Nebel, McCoy,
not top level but worthwhile pulpsters (Roger Torrey, for example),
and really obscure stuff. It's stuff from the twenties, thirties and
early forties, the classic era of the pulps.
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