The BLACK MASK collector

By Rob Preston

This is a first attempt at indexing every story that has ever been reprinted in book form from this legendary magazine. Due to the scarcity of copies of this pulp I started digging into reprinted works just to get a taste of this magazine, haven't looked back since. First I'll cover anthologies, then single author collections. Also a preliminary attempt at a bibliography of the articles and materials written about the magazine. Any and all contibutions of missing items and corrections to this list would be greatly appreciated.


Great American Detective Stories, edited by Anthoy Boucher, The World Publishing Co., 1945
Gruber, Frank “Ask Me Another” June 1937

The Hard-Boiled Omnibus edited by Joseph T. Shaw, Simon & Schuster, 1946. (The 1st and greatest anthology. essential. Released as a paperback years many years later, missing some stories)
Shaw, Joseph T, Introduction
Des Ormeaux, J.J.(Forrest Rosaire) "The Devil Suit." July 1932
Shay, Reuben Jennings "Taking His Time." January 1931
Hammett, Dashiell "Fly Paper." August 1929
Decolta, Ramon(Raoul Whitfield) "Death in the Pasig." March 1930
Chandler, Raymond "The Man Who Liked Dogs." March 1936
Davis, Norbert "Red Goose." February 1934
Coxe, George Harmon "Murder Mixup." May 1936
Cain, Paul (Peter Ruric) "Red 71." December 1932
Whitfield, Raoul "Inside Job." February 1932
Dent, Lester "Sail" October 1936
Booth, Charles G. "Sister Act." February 1933
Walsh, Thomas "Best Man." October 1934
Lybeck, Ed "Kick-Back." January 1932
Torrey, Roger "Clean Sweep." February 1934
Tinsley, Theodore "South Wind." November 1932

The Sleeping and the Dead, edited by August Derleth, Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1947
Wandrei, Howard "The Last Pin" February 1940"

As Tough as They Come edited by Will Oursler, Perma Books paperback, Doubleday & Co. , 1951 (while containing only 1 specific Black Mask Story it is 370 pages of great hard boiled detective fiction)
Hammett, Dashiell "Corkscrew" September 1925

The Hardboiled Dicks edited by Ron Goulart, Sherbourne Press, 1965
Nebel, Frederick "Winter Kill." November 1935
Decolta, Ramon(Whitfield, Raoul) "China Man." March 1932
Gruber, Frank "Death on Eagles Crag." December 1937
Dent, Lester "Angelfish." December 1936

The Hard-Boiled Detective edited by Herbert Ruhm, Vintage Books paperback, 1977
Ruhm, Herbert, Introduction
Daly, Carroll John "The False Burton Combs." December 1922
Collinson, Peter(Dashiell Hammett) "The Road Home." December 1922
Dashiell Hammett "The Gutting of Couffignal." December 1925
Davis, Norbert "Kansas City Flash." March 1933
Nebel, Frederick "Take it and Like it." June 1934
Chandler, Raymond "Goldfish." June 1936
Dent, Lester "Angelfish." December 1936
Gardner, Erle Stanley " Leg Man." February 1938
Coxe, George Harmon "Once Around the Clock." May 1941
Constiner, Merle ""The Turkey Buzzard Blues." July 1943
Brandon, William E. "It's so Peaceful in the Country." November 1934
Hamlin, Kurt "Killer Come Home." March 1948
Fairman, Paul W. "Big-time Operator." July 1948
Fischer, Bruno "Five O'clock Menace." May 1949

The Arbor House Treasury of Detective & Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps compiled by Bill Pronzini, 1983, hardcover, tradepaper.
Collinson, Peter" (Hammett, Dashiell) "Arson Plus." 0ctober 1 1923
McCoy, Horace "The Mopper-Up." November 1931
Nebel, Frederick "Red Pavement." December 1932
Daly, Carroll John "Knights of the Open Palm." June 1 1923
Cain, Paul "Parlor Trick." July 1932

The Black Mask Boys edited by William F. Nolan, William Morrow & Co., 1985, hardcover. Mysterious Press, 1985, hardcover, tradepaper (Absolutely essential and relatively easy collection to find. If you want a good start on learning about this magazine, this is where it needs to happen. Every author gets a writeup before each story adding icing to the cake. A tip of the hat to Mr. Nolan)
History of a pulp, The Life & Times of Black Mask"
Daly, Carroll John "Three Gun Terry." May 15 1923
Hammett, Dashiell "Bodies Piled Up." December 1 1923
Gardner, Erle Stanley "Hell's Kettle." June 1930
Whitfield, Raoul, "Sal the Dude." October 1929
Nebel, Frederick "Rough Justice." November 1930
McCoy, Horace "Frost Rides Alone." March 1930
Cain, Paul "Murder Done in Blue." June 1933
Chandler, Raymond "Blackmailers Don't Shoot." December 1933

Tough Guys & Dangerous Dames edited byRobert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz, and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes & Noble Books, 1993
DeColta, Ramon(Raoul Whitfield) “The Magician Murder" November 1932
Cain, Paul "Black." May 1932
Dent, Lester "Sail." October 1936

Single Author Collections:

Ballard, W.T. Say Yes To Murder Putnam, 1942. Novel, about Bill Lennox, not reprinted from Black Mask but is a character from this magazine.

Ballard, W.T. Murder Can’t Stop McKay 1946. novel, about Bill Lennox, not reprinted from Black Mask but is a character from this magazine. Graphic paperback 1950, 1953.

Ballard, W.T. Dealing out Death, novel, about Bill Lennox, not reprinted from Black Mask but is a character from this magazine, McKay 1947. Graphic paperback 1948.

Ballard, W.T. Hollywood Troubleshooter, W. T. Ballard's Bill Lennox
Stories, ed. James L. Traylor. Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1985. Hardcover, variant in wrappers
photographically reproduced from Black Mask
“A Little Different” September 1933
“A Million-Dollar Tramp” October 1933
“Gamblers Don’t Win” April 1935
“Scars of Murder” November 1939
“Lights, Action – Killer” May 1942

Booth, Charles G. Murder Strikes Thrice Anson Bond, A Bonded mystery 1946?
“Stag Party” November 1933

Brand, Max [pseud. of Frederick Faust]. Max Brand's Best Stories, ed.
Robert Easton. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1967. Mixed collection
"The Silent Witness” March 1938.

Brand, Max The Collected Stories of Max Brand, ed. Robert and Jane Easton. University of Nebraska Press, 1994. Mixed collection.
"The Silent Witness” March 1938.

Cain, Paul Fast One, Shaw Press 1933 paperback. Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1933. Avon 1952, paperback, Black Lizard, 1987,paperback. No Exit Press 1991. Numerous other editions. Originally done as separate stories instead of a continuous serial novel.
"Fast One" March 1932
"Lead Party" April 1932
"Velvet" June 1932
"The Heat" August 1932
"The Dark", September 1932

Cain, Paul Seven Slayers, Saint Enterprises Inc. (Chartered 21), 1946. Black Lizard, 1987. Numerous other editions.
"Black" May 1932
"Red 71" December 1932
"Parlor Trick" July 1932
"One, Two, Three" May 1933
"Murder in Blue" ["Murder Done in Blue"] June 1933
"Pigeon Blood" November 1933
"Pineapple" March 1936

Cave, Hugh B. Long Live the Dead, Crippen & Landru, 2000, hardcover and tradepaper
"Too Many Women" May 1934
"Dead Dog" March 1937
"Shadow" April 1937
"Curtain Call" November 1938
"Long Live the Dead" December 1938
"Smoke Gets in your eyes" December 1938
"Lost-And Found" April 1940
"The Missing Mr. Lee" November 1940
"Front Page Frame-Up" February 1941
"Stranger in Town" April 1941

Chandler, Raymond BM stories have been reprinted in countless places.
Get this book for all of them in one spot, finally:
Collected Stories, Knopf, 2002, (Everyman's Library).
“Blackmailers Don’t Shoot” December 1933
“Smart-Aleck Kill” July 1934
“Finger Man” October 1934
“Killer in the Rain” January 1935
“Nevada Gas” June 1935
“Spanish Blood” November 1935
“Guns at Cyrano’s” January 1936
“The Man Who Liked Dogs” March 1936
“Goldfish” June 1936
“The Curtain” September 1936
“Try The Girl” January 1937

Charteris, Leslie Follow the Saint Doubleday Crime Club,1938; Hodder & Stoughton, 1939
"The Invisible Millionaire" June 1938

Charteris, Leslie The Saint on Guard Doubleday Crime Club 1944; Hodder & Stoughton
”The Black Market" ["Murder Goes to Market"] March 1944

Coxe, George Harmon Silent are the Dead Knopf 1942, paperback, (Flash Casey novel not from BM)

Coxe, George Harmon Flash-Casey - Detective, Avon Murder Mystery Monthly #39, 1946, Avon #143 1948 paperback
"Women are Trouble" April 1935
"To Many Women" September 1936
"Casey-Detective" February 1935
"Once around the Clock" May 1941

Coxe, George Harmon Silent are the Dead 1942, paperback?
originally serial novel "Killers are Camera Shy" September-November 1941

Coxe, George Harmon, Murder For Two, Dell, 1943, paperback
originally serial novel "Blood on the Lens" January-March 1943

Daly, Carroll John The Snarl of the Beast, Clode 1927 hardcover, HarperPerennial, 1992, trade paperback.
originally a serial from June - September 1927

Daly, Carroll John, The Hidden Hand, Clode, 1929. HarperPerennial, 1992, trade paperback. Loosely organised 5 part serial
"The Hidden Hand" June 1928
"Wanted For Murder" July 1928
"Rough Stuff" August 1928
"The Last Chance" September 1928
"The Last Shot" October 1928

Gardner, Erle Stanley, Dead Men's Letters and other Short Novels, Carroll & Graf, 1990, hardcover
"Dead Men's Letters" December 1926
"Laugh That off" September 1926
"The Cat-Woman" February 1927
"This Way Out" March 1927
"Come and Get it" April 1927
"In Full of Account" May 1927

Gardner, Erle Stanley The Blonde in Lower Six. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1990.
“The Wax Dragon” November 1927
“Grinning Gods” December 1927
“Yellow Shadows” February 1928

Gardner, Erle Stanley Honest Money and Other Short Novels. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1991.
“Honest Money” November 1932.
“The Top Comes Off” December 1932.
“Close Call January” 1933.
“Making the Breaks” June 1933.
“Devil's Fire” July 1933.
“Backmail with Lead” August 1933.

Gruber, Frank Brass Knuckles, Sherbourne Press, 1966, hardcover
"Ask Me Another" June 1937
"Dog Show Murder" March 1938
"Funny Man" May 1939
"Oliver Quade at the Races" November 1939
"Forced Landing" October 1938
"Death Sits Down" May 1938
"Words and Music" March 1940
"State Fair Murder" February 1939
"Rain, the Killer" September 1937

Some brief commentary about Hammett: many of the stories that appeard in book form are different than the original pulp magazine appearance. I don't know the extent of their change, but the Library of America hardcover reprints unchanged original text

Of the novels, they really remain “unreprinted” as they were extensively edited for book publication: "The Continental Op", "The Maltese Falcon", Red Harvest", "The Dain Curse", "The Glass Key", "The Big Knockover".

Hammett, Dashiell The Adventures of Sam Spade and other stories ed.
Ellery Queen. Lawrence E. Spivak (Bestseller Mystery B50), 1944.
Reprinted as: They Can Only Hang You Once. Mercury, 1949. Partially reprinted as: A Man Called Spade, Dell, 1945.
“The Assistant Murderer” February 1926
“The Judge Laughed Last” ["The New Racket"] February 15 1924

Hammett, Dashiell The Continental Op, ed. Ellery Queen. Lawrence E. Spivak (Bestseller Mystery B62), 1945.
“Death on Pine Street” ["Women, Politics and Murder"] September 1924
“The Farewell Murder” February 1930
“Fly Paper” August 1929
“Zigzags of Treachery” March 1, 1924

Hammett, Dashiell The Creeping Siamese, ed. Ellery Queen. New York: Lawrence E. Spivak (Jonathan Press J48), 1950.
“The Creeping Siamese” March 1926
“The Man Who Killed Dan Odams” January 15 1924
“The Nails in Mr. Cayterer” January 1926
“Tom, Dick or Harry” ["Mike, Alec or Rufus"] January 1925

Hammett, Dashiell Crime Stories & Other Writings The Library of America 2001 hardcover
“Arson Plus” October 1, 1923
“Slippery Fingers” October 15 1923
“Crooked Souls” October 15 1923
“The Tenth Clew” January 1 1924
“Zigzags of Treachery” March 1 1924
“The House in Turk Street” April 15 1924
“The Girl with the Silver Eyes” June 1924
“Women, Politics and Murder” September 1924
“The Golden Horseshoe” November 1924
“The Whosis Kid” March 1925
“The Scorched Face” May 1925
“Dead Yellow Women” November 1925
“The Gutting of Couffignal” December 1925
“The Assistant Murderer” February 1926
“Creeping Siamese” March 1926
“The Big Knock-Over” February 1927
“$106,000 Blood Money” May 1927
“The Main Death” June 1927
“Fly Paper” August 1929
“The Farewell Murder” February 1930

Hammett, Dashiell Dead Yellow Women, ed. Ellery Queen. Lawrence E. Spivak (Jonathan Press J29), 1947.
“Dead Yellow Women” November 1925
“The Golden Horseshoe” November 1924
“House Dick” ["Bodies Piled Up"] December 1 1923

Hammett, Dashiell Hammett Homicides, ed. Ellery Queen. Lawrence E. Spivak (Bestseller Mystery B81), 1946.
“The Girl with the Silver Eyes” June 1924
“The House in Turk Street” April 15 1924
“The Main Death” June 1927
“Night Shots” February 1 1924

Hammett, Dashiell. A Man Named Thin and Other Stories, ed. Ellery Queen. Joseph W. Ferman (Mercury Mystery 233), 1962.
“The Gatewood Caper” ["Crooked Souls"] October 15 1923
“The Second-Story Angel” November 15 1923

Hammett, Dashiell Nightmare Town, ed Ellery Queen. New York: The American Mercury, Lawrence E. Spivak, 1948.
“Corkscrew” September 1925
“The Scorched Face” May 1925

Hammett, Dashiell Nightmare Town, Knopf, 1999
"The Second-Story Angel", November 15 1923
"The Man Who Killed Dan Odams", January 15th 1924
"Night Shots", February 1 1924
"Afraid of a Gun", March 1st, 1924
"Zigzags of Treachery", March 1st 1924
"One Hour", April 1st 1924
"The Assistant Murderer", February 1926

Hammett, Dashiell The Return of the Continental Op, intro. and edited by Ellery Queen Lawrence E. Spivak (Jonathan Press J17), 1945.
“Death and Company” November 1930
“The Gutting of Couffignal” December 1925
“One Hour” April 1 1924
“The Tenth Clue” January 1 1924
“The Whosis Kid” March 1925

Hammett, Dashiell. Woman in the Dark, ed. Ellery Queen. Lawrence E. Spivak (Jonathan Press J59), 1951.
“Afraid of a Gun” March 1 1924
“Arson Plus” October 1 1923
“The Black Hat That Wasn't There” ["It"] November 1 1923
“The Man Who Stood in the Way” ["The Vicious Circle"] June 15 1923
“Slippery Fingers” October 15 1923

Nebel, Frederick Six Deadly Dames Avon #264, 1950. Gregg Press Boston 1980.
“The Red-Hots” December 1930
“Get A Load Of This” February 1931
“Spare The Rod” August 1931
“Pearls Are Tears” September 1931
“Death’s Not Enough” October 1931
“Save Your Tears” June 1933

Reeves, Robert No Love Lost 1941, Holt
Condensed version in Black Mask as “Dog Eat Dog” September- November 1940

Wandrei, Howard The Last Pin, Fedogan & Bremer, 1996
"The Last Pin", February 1940
contained with the limited edition and as a promo booklet is the story "Saith the Lord" with is the original unedited version of "The last Pin" Also contained in the booklet is much to interest the fan of Black Mask (and Howard Wandrei of course)

Whitfield, Raoul Green Ice Knopf, 1930. Grosset & Dunlap 1930. No Exit Press, 1988, tradepaper. Other editions
Presented as separate stories as "The Crime Breeders"
"Outside" December 1929
"Red Smoke" January 1930
"Green Ice" February 1930
"Oval face" March 1930
"Killers Show" April 1930

Whitfield, Raoul Death in a Bowl, Knopf, 1931, No Exit Press, 1988, tradepaper. Other editions.
September-November 1930
originally titled "The Maestro Murder" in first hardcover?

Whitfield, Raoul Jo Gar’s Casebook Crippen & Landru, 2002, hardcover and tradepaper
“West of Guam” February 1930
“Death in the Pasig” March 1930
“Red Hemp” April 1930
“Signals of Storm” June 1930
“Enough Rope” July 1930
“The Caleso Murders” December 1930
“Silence House” January 1931
“Shooting Gallery” October 1931
“The Javanese Mask” December 1931
“The Black Sampan” January 1932
“China Man” March 1932
“The Siamese Cat” April 1932
“Climbing Death” July 1932
“The Magician Murders” November 1932
“The Man from Shanghai” April 1933
“The Amber Fan” July 1933
(book also contains 2 stories from Hearst’s International-Cosmopolitan

Woolrich, Cornell:
no single collection that I'm aware of by this author has collected all or numerous BM stories under one title. See Francis M. Nevins, JR. Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die biography for detailed lit of anthology reprints

Books on Black Mask or containing material related to Black Mask:

Apostolou, John "The Short Career of Robert Reeves" The Armchair Detective vol 18#2, 185-8, Spring 1985

Barson, Michael S: on Daly & Race Williams Clues A Journal of Detection

Cave, Hugh B. Magazines I Remember, Tattered Pages Press, 1993

Raymond Chandler Speaking edited by Dorothy Gardiner and Katherine Sorley Walker, 1962, reprint 1997 by University of California Press, Berkeley

Chandler, Raymond Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler edited by Frank MacShane, Delta, 1987 (a lot of great material related to BM contained herein, besides being great commentart of detective fiction and excellent letters to boot)

Cook, Michael L. Mystery, Detective, And Espionage Magazines, Greenwood, 1983, Contains a 6 page entry on Black Mask by E.R. Hagemann

Gruber, Frank The Pulp Jungle. Sherbourne Press, 1967 (an essential read, informative and to my knowledge the longest book written by a detective pulp author about the pulps and detective pulps, Black Mask included.

Hagemann, E.R. “Cap Shaw and his great and Regular fellows: The Making of the Hardboiled Omnibus” Clues A Journal of Detection Fall/Winter 1981 issue

Lewis, Dave: “The Backbone of Black Mask” Clues A Journal of Detection vol 2#2, fall/winter 1981

Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties edited by David Madden, Southern Illinois University Press, 1968, sc and hc editions, reprinted a few times.

Mertz, Stephen “W.T. Ballard: An Interview” The Armchair Detective Winter 1979

Murray, Will, "Lester Dent, The Last of Joe Shaw's Black Mask Boys" Clues A Journal of Detection vol 2#2, Fall/Winter 1981

Nevins, Francis M. The Mystery Writer's Art, Bowling Green Pop Press 1970

Smith, Erin A. Hard-Boiled, Working-Class Readers and Pulp Magazines, Temple University Press, 2000.

Wilt, David, Hardboiled in Hollywood Bowling Green Popular Press, 1991, sc and hc editions. Contains enough information on 5 BM authors to keep you interested even if you are not a film enthusiast.