Black Mask 2: Murder IS Bad Luck: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

Black Mask 2: Murder IS Bad Luck: 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.


  • “Ten Carats of Lead” by Stewart Sterling; read by Alan Sklar
  • “Murder Is Bad Luck” by Wyatt Blassingame; read by Oliver Wyman
  • “Her Dagger Before Me” by Talmadge Powell; read by Pete Larkin
  • “One Shot” by Charles G. Booth; read by Alan Sklar
  • “The Dancing Rats” by Richard Sale; read by Jeff Gurner
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781611744613
    Publisher: HighBridge Company
    Publication date: 09/01/2011
    Edition description: Unabridged
    Pages: 390
    Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

    About the Author

    Pete Larkin is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and a 2014 Audie Award finalist. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993. An award-winning on-camera host, Pete has worked on many industrial films and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.

    Audie Award finalist Alan Sklar has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

    What People are Saying About This

    Charles Ardai

    “Hardboiled crime fiction was never better than in the pages of Black Mask magazine, and Black Mask has never been better than in these vibrant, exciting audio editions. Close your eyes and you can practically smell the gunfire and whiskey.”
    —Charles Ardai

    Robert Olen Butler

    “The stories of Black Mask and the audio book are a love-match as inevitable and passionate and entrancing as a private eye and a femme fatale. This is a series that will make you want to get in your car in the middle of a rainy night and drive around listening.”
    —Robert Olen Butler, author of The Hot Country, a Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller

    Michael Kardos

    “Pitch-perfect performances of stories that are as rollicking as they are artful. I drove from Delaware to Mississippi on one long Black Mask bender, and if it weren’t for the Gulf of Mexico I’d still be driving.”
    —Michael Kardos, author of The Three-Day Affair

    Joseph Wambaugh

    “The Black Mask Audio Series from Otto Penzler is a tribute to early pulp mystery and detective fiction that was highly entertaining, exciting and terrifically written. But this collection is far more than a nostalgic salute to the past, it’s downright fun to enjoy in the present.”
    —Joseph Wambaugh

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