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Black Mask 1: Doors in the Dark:

And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

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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:

  • Introduction by Keith Alan Deutsch; read by Eric Conger
  • “Come and Get It” by Erle Stanley Gardner; read by Oliver Wyman
  • “Arson Plus” by Peter Collinson (Dashiell Hammett); read by Alan Sklar
  • “Fall Guy” by George Harmon Coxe; read by Pete Larkin
  • “Doors in the Dark” by Frederick Nebel; read by Pete Larkin
  • “Luck” by Lester Dent; read by Jeff Gurner

Author Biography

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was publisher of The Armchair Detective, the founder of the Mysterious Press and the Armchair Detective Library, and created the publishing firm Otto Penzler Books. He is a two-time Edgar Award–winner and the recipient of the Ellery Queen Award. A New York Times bestselling editor of numerous anthologies, his work includes Murder for LoveMurder for RevengeMurder and ObsessionThe 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, and The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century. He lives in New York City.

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