Black Mask 7: The Shrieking Skeleton: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

Overview

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...

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Overview

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:

  • “A Taste for Cognac” by Brett Halliday; read by Peter Ganim
  • “Sauce for the Gander” by Day Keene; read by Richard Ferrone
  • “A Little Different” by W. T. Ballard; read by Jeff Gurner
  • “The Shrieking Skeleton” by Charles M. Green; read by David LeDoux
  • “Drop Dead Twice” by Hank Searls; read by Jeff Gurner
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Editorial Reviews

The Bookwatch
“Any fan of crime stories and radio shows will find these a compelling listen, spiced with a variety of accomplished narrators.”
The Bookwatch
Joseph Wambaugh

“HighBridge throws a winning seven with this standout addition to its superb series. . . . The Black Mask series single-handedly may cause a pulp mystery renaissance! Even if pulp stories aren’t your normal cup, the readings by Jeff Gurner, David Ledoux, Richard Ferrone, and others will have even the most casual or nonmystery fans hanging on every word and ‘shrieking’ for more.”
Library Journal [starred review]

From the Publisher

“Any fan of crime stories and radio shows will find these a compelling listen, spiced with a variety of accomplished narrators.”
The Bookwatch

Library Journal - Audio
This series, which launched late in 2011, has delivered one great collection after another and is my favorite of the year. Volume 7 proved especially lucky, with five mysteries running from straight detective/whodunit fare to the spooky, paranormal title piece. A bevy of gravel-voiced narrators bring to life these classic hard-boilers by Day Keene, Hank Searls, Erle Stanley Gardner, and others in a way that print can’t match—they’ll get listeners point blank between the ears! (LJ 9/1/12)

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611744767
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Black Mask, #7
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 7 hours
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,553,183
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Otto Penzler

Stage and screen actor DAVID LEDOUX has lent his voice to several Audie® Award-nominated audiobooks.

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.

PETER GANIM is an award-winning stage, film and television actor and the narrator of over 100 audiobooks. He lives in New York City.

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