My Bookshelf: Private Eye Action As You Like It… by Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner

My Bookshelf Private Eye Action As You Like It... by Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner I'm not even sure how I ended up with this, but I know I'm glad I did. I might have ordered it, dirt cheap, from AbeBooks or maybe Amazon.ca, after falling in love with Lansdale's Hap and Leonard. Or … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Private Eye Action As You Like It… by Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner

My Bookshelf: The Pulp Jungle by Frank Gruber

My Bookshelf The Pulp Jungle, by Frank Gruber A fascinating collection of colourful  reminisces of the Frank Gruber's years as a writer, covering his years in New York from 1934 to 1943, as he struggled to--and eventually succeeded--in establishing himself in the highly competitive world of the pulps. Regrets? Gruber had a few,  but when … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Pulp Jungle by Frank Gruber

My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Detective: Stories from Black Mask Magazine

My Bookshelf The Hard-Boiled Detective: Stories from Black Mask Magazine, edited  by Herbert Ruhm Almost forgotten now, but the publication of The Hard-Boiled Detective: Stories from Black Mask Magazine (1977), edited  by Herbert Ruhm, must have sent pulp fans into a tizzy in the seventies. It was the first real anthology dedicated exclusively to Black Mask since … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Detective: Stories from Black Mask Magazine

Murder in the Library (Index)

What's on your bookshelf? COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES The Best Anthologies of Original P.I. Stories The Best Anthologies of Hard-Boiled, Noir & Pulp Reprints Other Mystery Anthologies Worth Hunting For The Mystery Writers of America Anthologies The Akashic Noir Series The Best American Mystery Stories PERIODICALS The Best Crime & Detective Pulps The Crime & Detective … Continue reading Murder in the Library (Index)

My Bookshelf (Index)

A Salute to Some of the Books I Love (or Lust After) Private Eye Action As You Like It... By Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner The Pulp Jungle By Frank Gruber The Hard-Boiled Detective: Stories from Black Mask Magazine Edited by Herbert Ruhm Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds Edited by Anthony Boucher The Hardboiled Dicks Edited by Ron Goulart The … Continue reading My Bookshelf (Index)

My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

My Bookshelf  Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited and with introductions by Anthony Boucher   This early anthology (1950) from the Mystery Writers of America may have seemed to be just the usual grab bag of stories from all across the genre, and indeed the cover of the original hard cover edition promised short stories "of fictional detectives... … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

EDITOR OF BLACK MASK (1926-36) "Shaw was the finest coachwhip I ever met in an editor's chair. In my thirty-five years of freelance fiction, no one stands out so."-- Lester Dent, in a letter to Philip Durham "We wrote better for him than we could have written for anybody else."-- Raymond Chandler, in a letter … Continue reading They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks

My Bookshelf The Hardboiled Dicks, edited by Ron Goulart An absolute essential for anyone who loves this stuff, Ron Goulart's 1965 The Hardboiled Dicks (my 1967 paperback reprint is the one pictured above) was one of the first collections of hard-boiled detective fiction from the thirties and forties crime and detective pulps, preceded by only … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks

My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw

My Bookshelf The Hard-Boiled Omnibus: Early Stories from Black Mask, edited by Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw   Is there a more pivotal collection of stories from Black Mask than The Hard-Boiled Omnibus? Published by Simon and Schuster in 1946, this almost mythical hardcover featured fifteen stories selected by editor  Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw (1874-1952), who had … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw

Murder in the Library: The Akashic Noir Series

It's a Noir World, After All Ex-punk rocker Johnny Temple's feisty and defiantly political little imprint struck gold of the blackest hue with this string of regionalized collections of noir. Starting way back in 2004 with the publication of Brooklyn Noir (edited by Pete Hamill), the series has become a crime fiction juggernaut, spreading its … Continue reading Murder in the Library: The Akashic Noir Series