Roger Torrey

Pseudonyms: Sam Drake, Samuel Drake, John Ryan, R.D. Torrey (1901-46)   Most readers of private detective fiction have probably never heard of pulp writer ROGER TORREY.  It‘s understandable, I guess. He wrote only one novel, 42 Days of Murder, and almost everything else he ever wrote has never been reprinted. And yet, over a relatively … Continue reading Roger Torrey

Mike O’Dell

Created by Roger Torrey (1901-46) MIKE O'DELL was a former wrestler turned bodyguard in four short stories written by pulpmeister Roger Torrey. SHORT STORIES "Beginner's Luck" (January 1935, Black Mask) "Win - Place - and Show" (May 1935, Black Mask) "Nose Trouble" (July 1935, Black Mask) "Too Much Action" (July 1936, Black Mask) RELATED LINKS … Continue reading Mike O’Dell

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