Monday, January 10, 2011

Black Mask Stories

I ordered THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF BLACK MASK STORIES for myself for Christmas, and it was a bit late because it was delivered to another address. But it arrived today, and, thusly, I now celebrate Christmas on January 10th.

Good lord, what a collection. Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald, Woolrich, Halliday, Daly, Dent, Coxe, and, as the cover says, "much much more."

Mr. Penzler outdid himself on this one.


Kathleen A. Ryan said...

I just borrowed this huge volume from my library. It is amazing, isn't it? Glad you finally got your copy. I got the BEST AMERICAN NOIR OF THE CENTURY for Christmas, and the AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN. Quite hefty volumes, like the Black Mask Stories book.

Enjoy :-)

Alan Griffiths said...

Wow, looks like a super volume of great pulp stories. I'll have to check this out - enjoy, David!

David Cranmer said...

Kathleen, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN is fantastico. I scanned a bit of the beginning with the publisher explaining how it came together. But reading this artist's daily (and frank thoughts) from a hundred years ago is nothing short of marvelous. I'm taking my time and savoring it.

Alan, My favorite part of STORIES is the insightful bios that precede each tale.

Chris said...

Black Mask Stories and the Best American Noir are definitely on my list to get as well.