Actually, I think this volume's quality (in particular in regards to its appeal to those who don't ordinarily read vintage pulp fiction) is several notches up from the scattershot, but highly enjoyable, Black Lizard Big Book of the Pulps. These stories are all drawn from Black Mask, after all.
Also inside this hyperbole-straining tome is the original, unrevised version of The Maltese Falcon, straight from the pulp pages and unseen since 1930.
From: jacquesdebierue <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wed, June 23, 2010 9:41:43 PM
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories
--- In email@example.com, "jchocking" <jchocking@...> wrote:
> Did everybody already hear about this except me?
> I was given an ARC today and I all but fell over in surprise and delight.
> It's 1114 pages long. Authors include every classic contributor to Black Mask you know and many you may not. Highlights include a connected chain of six short stories by Raoul Whitfield as Ramone Decolta unseen since it's original appearance in Black Mask back in 1931. And an early, supposedly prefered, draft of Lester Dent's superb, oft-reprinted, Sail. And...well...a whole lot of other very promising tales.
> Time to crack a beer, kick back in the porch chair, and put on the Black Mask.
Thanks! It looks like I will have pulp reading for a while... I've been filling in the unread stories in the Big Black Lizart collection published a couple of years ago. Even the really bad pulp stories are exciting. Frank Gruber has one that probably breaks records for badness, but let me tell you... I didn't stop reading it. It's called The Sad Serbian, in case anybody is interested. It's in Carroll John Daly territory...
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