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Black Mask Collection: Volumes 1-11

Fiction: Mystery & Detective / Short Stories
Unabridged   72.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/28/2012

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Black Mask Collection Volumes 1-11

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611749847
Digital Download ISBN:9781611749854


Classic pulp fiction collected from the pages of Black Mask magazine, the legendary publication that turned a fledgling genre into a cultural phenomenon, and gathered by Otto Penzler into the The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. Get all eleven volumes at a reduced price!

Download purchasers, please note: The Collection size is over 1GB. Plan your hard drive space and download time accordingly.

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Product Description

From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and John D. MacDonald got their start in Black Mask. The urban crime stories that appeared in Black Mask helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by “the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine” (Booklist).

Otto Penzler selected and wrote introductions to the best of the best, the darkest of these dark, vintage stories for the collection The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. Now that collection is available for the first time on audio.

Includes all eleven volumes:
  • Black Mask 1: Doors in the Dark
  • Black Mask 2: Murder Is Bad Luck
  • Black Mask 3: The Maltese Falcon
  • Black Mask 4: The Parrot That Wouldn't Talk
  • Black Mask 5: The Ring on the Hand of Death
  • Black Mask 6: The Bloody Bokhara
  • Black Mask 7: The Shrieking Skeleton
  • Black Mask 8: The Sound of the Shot
  • Black Mask 9: The Corpse Didn't Kick
  • Black Mask 10: Death Stops Payment
  • Black Mask 11: Middleman for Murder

Author Bio

OTTO PENZLER has edited numerous mystery anthologies including The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection (with Chris Steinbrunner) and The Lineup, both Edgar Award winners. He is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan and founder of the Mysterious Press, now a Grove/Atlantic imprint.