Will Murray, literary executor for the Lester Dent estate, posted this at the PulpMags Yahoo group. He gave permission for me to post here:
"supermancer" Cartomancer@netzero.net supermancer wrote:
I'm pleased to announce that I've just sold an unpublished Lester Dent
story to editor Otto Penzler for the forthcoming BLACK LIZARD BOOK OF
BLACK MASK STORIES.
Written for Joe Shaw in 1936, Dent was forced to revise this story
again and again. The final version featured Oscar Sail and was
While this version is roughly the same storyline, the hero is very,
very different from the Oscar Sail we all know. Dent himself preferred
this version, and so does Otto.
Since Dent wrote only 2 Sail stories for BLACK MASK (a third "Cay"
was abandoned when Shaw left the magazine) and they are often
anthologized as among the magazine's best stories, this is an event.
Look for "Luck" next year.
- Duane Spurlock
New at The Pulp Rack: "Delights in Pulp Prose"
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