21 lost tales from Dashiell Hammett uncovered

21 lost tales from Dashiell Hammett, creator of “ The Thin Man ,” Sam Spade, and “ The Maltese Falcon,” uncovered in new “ Lost Stories” book

Publication of major Hammett find celebrates 75th anniversary, available in bookstores today

San Francisco , Calif. – Sept. 1, 2005 – Dashiell Hammett, the bestselling creator of The Thin Man , Sam Spade, and The Maltese Falcon , was one of the America's best-known authors. However, many of Hammett's stories—including some of his best—have been out of the reach of anyone but a handful of scholars and collectors until today. Lost Stories , a new book published today, rescues 21 long-lost Hammett stories, all either never before collected or unavailable for decades.

Fans of Hammett's famous mysteries will be surprised by the variety in Lost Stories . Stories include Hammett's first detective fiction, humorous satires, adventure yarns, a sensitive autobiographical piece, a Thin Man story told with photos, and a tale that Ellery Queen promised “is one of the most startling stories you have ever read.” Stories range from the first fiction Hammett ever wrote to his very last. All stories have been restored to their original versions, replacing often-wholesale cuts with the original text for the first time.

For each story, Hammett researcher Vince Emery tells how Hammett's life shaped the story and how the story affected his life. Emery's comments reveal facts about Hammett's life not covered in any other book.

To round out this celebration of Hammett, three-time Edgar Award winner Joe Gores has contributed an introduction describing how Hammett influenced literature, movies, television, and Gores' own life.

Early reviewers are impressed by Lost Stories . “A hugely important book,” writes Otto Penzler in the New York Sun , “the volume belongs on the shelf of every detective fiction reader and collector.”

In a starred review in Booklist , Connie Fletcher writes: “These 21, long-out-of-print stories find Hammett at or near the top of his game, his signature hard-boiled style shining brightly. Editor and publisher Emery does a fantastic job of bringing Hammett the accomplished writer and Hammett the struggling writer alive.”

Lost Stories is published by Vince Emery Productions (www.emerybooks.com). It is the first title in The Ace Performer Collection, a new series of books by and about Dashiell Hammett, crowned “the ace performer” by his disciple Raymond Chandler. Beginning today, the new book is available at bookstores and online booksellers throughout the United States and Canada .

“Advance response has been strong,” says editor-publisher Emery. “Both the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Mystery Guild selected Lost Stories as a Featured Alternate Selection. The first printing sold out two months before the publication date, so we had to order a second printing before publication.”

Lost Stories is released in 2005 as part of events held worldwide to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett's masterpiece The Maltese Falcon , often named as one of the twentieth-century's best novels.

About Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was one of the world's most popular and influential writers. Famous as the best-selling creator of Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon , and The Thin Man , Hammett was also a Pinkerton's detective, an advertising man, a soldier in the U.S. Army during both World Wars, an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, a political activist, and a short story writer.

About Joe Gores

Joe Gores worked for twelve years as a detective in San Francisco . As a writer of novels, short stories, and screenplays, he has won three Edgar Awards. He has written scripts for Kojak, Columbo, Magnum P.I., Remington Steele , and other television series. He is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America. Gores' popular novels and stories about the detective firm Daniel Kearney Associates are based on his own experiences as a San Francisco private eye. Francis Ford Coppola produced a movie based on Gores' novel Hammett .

About Vince Emery

Hammett researcher Vince Emery has contributed research and articles to several books about Dashiell Hammett. He also wrote the bestseller How to Grow Your Business on the Internet .

Lost Stories by Dashiell Hammett Publication date: September 1, 2005 Cloth hardback; $24.95 U.S./$33.95 Canada ; 352 pages; ISBN 0-9725898-1-3

Terror Tales Reprints!

May 2005 - Black Mask Magazine is pleased to present 3 more TERROR TALES issues in full count facsimiles, along with Horror Stories #1!

Now available, along with a wide assortment of other pulp replicas at Girasol Collectibles.

Terror Tales #4
Dec 1934

Terror Tales #5
Jan 1935

Terror Tales #6
Feb 1935


Horror Stories #1
Jan 1935


Complete facsimile versions of classic pulps, with a high quality color wrap around cover, and off-white interior paper. Very nicely done with the usual high standards of Girasol.



by Luis Ortiz
Price: $39.95; 176 pages; Hardcover
ISBN: 1-933065-04-4

Sticks and Bones
The first bio and art retrospective of one of the defining horror Pulp artists of the 20th century

Lee Brown Coye was one of art's "almost men"--not a loser, but never quite a winner. Bad luck haunted much of his career. He began his life as an artist on the eve of the Great Depression and was forced to labor as a malcontented advertising agency art director through much of the 1930s. Coye was ready to make a breakthrough when he began to appear in the Whitney Museum's annual exhibitions and had a watercolor bought by the Metropolitan Museum for its permanent collection--then Pearl Harbor was attacked.

The arrival of abstractionists fleeing war-torn Europe forced American artists working in a realistic style, like Coye, to the periphery of the art world. While Coye dabbled in abstract paintings, and later worked as a medical artist and cartoonist, he always considered himself primary an illustrator. In periodicals such as Weird Tales and Amazing Stories, Coye's uniquely macabre and original art found the perfect home. Illustrating horror stories matched Coye's anatomy lessons with his macabre sensibilities. At this time his studios were gothic abodes filled with skeletons, dead animals, live rats, and human body parts from a medical college - all models for his art. Some of his best work was done for pulp magazines and Arkham House works by H.P. Lovecraft.

In author Luis Ortiz' words, "Coye was an art machine and an American Original. As a child he was considered a 'holy terror'. As an adult, after a hard day of doing medical illustrations, he thought nothing of walking into a bar carrying a decapitated human head under his arm, placing it on the counter and buying his guillotined 'friend' a drink. On another occasion he 'borrowed' the finger-bone of a saint (a holy relic he was building a reliquary for) from the Catholic Church in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. The Syracuse diocese was beside itself and had to send clergy to perform a blessing on Coye's studio since the relic could only travel to holy places."

Ortiz adds, "Coye's horror illustrations are not like anything done before-or since. You would have to go back to Goya's black paintings to find anything comparable. Yet despite the darkness, Coye's art was always filled with traces of humor."

Parts of The Blair Witch Project film may have been based on a true life incident that occurred to Coye as a young man when he discovered a strange, isolated farmhouse in the backwoods of upstate New York. The house was surrounded by bizarre constructs of lashed-together sticks and had an unusual tenant. The unexplained display seemed to allude to some dark nature, and stayed with Coye the rest of his life. Later on, sticks would become a recurring motif in his illustrations. Horror writer Karl Wagner transmogrified the incident into an award winning story, "Sticks", which may have influenced the makers of Blair Witch.

ARTS UNKNOWN; THE LIFE AND ART OF LEE BROWN COYE weaves together biography, the mid 20th-century fractured schools of American fine art and commercial arts, and New York history, as well as offering fascinating insights into a one-of-a-kind artist. The author has interviewed many of Coye's relatives and friends, and was allowed complete access to the artist's personal archives, including diaries and letters. As the first book on the Coye, ARTS UNKNOWN is significant in bringing to light this extraordinary, eccentric man and his art.

Featuring over 350 pieces of art by Coye, including many never before published.

Now available from www.nonstop-press.com

New on Black Mask Magazine.com!

August 2004 - New Essay and Fiction!

A fantastic look at the history of Black Mask Magazine courtesy of Professor E.R. Hagemann can now be found in the Essays section. OR just click here to go straight to the article.

ALSO - New in our fiction section - A Dead Steal by Thomas Thursday!

When "Big Bargain" Sweeney said the car could be had for a dead steal, the stranger took him at his word.

From Detective Fiction Weekly June 13, 1931. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Black Mask Reprint!

August 2004 - Wildside Press has issued a reprint of Black Mask!

click to order from Wildside Press!

The Black Mask Magazine (Vol. 1, No. 2 - May 1920) Price: $19.95 A MYSTERY CLASSIC IS BORN . . . The Black Mask is without a doubt the single most important magazine for the modern mystery field. In its pages writers such as Earl Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett reshaped the established view of mystery fiction, creating the tough-guy sleuth. The May 1920 issue - the magazine's second - shows the groundwork being laid for future issues, with a featured mystery novel by Hamilton Craigie and plenty of fast-paced adventures by authors such as Greye La Spina, Harold Ward, Frank Blighton, and Walter Grahame.

Visit Wildside Press to order!

New fiction and more!

June 2004 - Black Mask Magazine is thrilled to offer Stuart A. Barnhill's Bundle of Joy. This short, hard-boiled story was given honorable mention in 2002 in the first annual John McAleer's West 35th Street Award. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format, and don't forget there's even more great stories available in our fiction section!

Also new this month, Robert D. Wheadon contributes his review of Steve Wynn's latest CD, "Riding Shotgun" And if you're wondering why we're offering a music review... you'll just have to check it out and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

Terror Tales Returns!

May 2004 - Black Mask Magazine is pleased to present 3 TERROR TALES issues in full count facsimiles. They are now available, along with a wide assortment of other pulp replicas!

Complete facsimile versions of classic pulps, with a high quality color wrap around cover, and off-white interior paper. Very nicely done.

Excellent reading, at a fraction of the price of the originals!

available from Girasol Collectibles at:

New Fiction!

April 2004 - New Fiction added to the website.

A bullet in the chest, a dame on the make and a private dick. What more could you want from a short noir mood piece like this?

We are proud to present our second Black Mask Magazine.com Exclusive... the premiere of Brian Cain's Her Last Kiss

In Adobe Acrobat PDF format. For more great stories, check out our fiction section!

New - The Black Mask Magazine Forum!

March 2004 - Online Forum added to website.

Welcome to the new Forum on Black Mask magazine.com!

This forum has been in the planning stages since the last redesign of blackmaskmagazine.com... and though it took a while to finally become a reality, we think it was worth the wait.

These boards offer a wide range of customizable options allowing members to connect and discuss the pulps we know and love so well, and it is our hope that these pages become THE best place on the web to get together with other fans and share the exciting world of classic pulp fiction.

As we all know, a forum is only as good as its membership, so its lucky for us that Black Mask fans are some of the most devoted and friendly people on the web!


So let’s all spread the word and build an online community that we’re proud to be a part of!

New Fiction!

February 2004 - New fiction added to the website.

Around that severed finger it coiled—the hooded horror of the East—hidden from curious eyes by a slender platinum band. To what ghastly secret was the needled cobra a key? Why should even the craziest murder master order such a symbol inked in the corpse-flesh of his victim’s hand?

The Tattooed Cobra by William E. Barrett from Dime Detective Magazine, August 1933. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format. For more great stories, check out our fiction section!

A Black Mask Magazine.com Web Exclusive!

January 2004 - Our first web exclusive story, Never Before Printed!

In celebration of the new year, we are thrilled to present our first original story, exclusive only to Black Mask Magazine.com!

Flamenco by Ed Lynskey, and featuring the art of Scott Hedlund, is a hard hitting tale of the kind you'd expect from Black Mask, full of action, danger and... beautiful women!

Excerpt: For a moment, I considered fleeing on the high-speed AVE to Seville , allegedly cooler. Instead, I hiked faster as my thoughts congealed around Robert Gatlin. He was always, it seemed, at the center of my orbit. A billionaire attorney, he championed the downtrodden and long shots. At the same time, he delighted to move between Washington , DC 's powerful and elite with practiced ease. In that way and many others, we were polar opposites --

So what are you waiting for? Check out Flamenco now! (In Adobe Acrobat PDF format) And don't forget about all of the other great stories available in our fiction section!

New Fiction!

December 2003 - New fiction added to the website.

Five new tales to keep you entertained this winter...

Mike O’Dell, ex-wrestler bodyguard, sets out to square the big boss’ bet.
Win-Place-and Show by Roger Torrey from Black Mask, May 1935. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Terry Lyons, private dick, had answered many panicked calls for help. But never before in all his danger career had a dead man greeted him at the door!
The Corpse in the Doorway by James H. S. Moynahan from Dime Detective Magazine, January 1st, 1934. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Lebrun hit him again and again, but the American paid no attention to that. While the other convicts stood silently watching he returned blow for blow. Five years in exile had prepared him for the bitter fight that was about to take place.
Guiana Trap by Tom Curry from Dime Adventure Magazine, October 1935. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

They were jaded, satiated with the ordinary pleasures of life—those patrons of the Café Styx. But there are some thrills that mortals are not permitted to experience—and live . . .
Death Dines Out by Paul Ernst from Dime Mystery Magazine, January 1936. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

It looked like suicide—and should have been—the dead woman’s husband being what he was. But there were angles that pointed in another direction, Detective Carr found, on taking a second look. Angles whose corners wouldn’t square unless the sum of the sides equaled murder.
A Death in the Family by R.D. Torrey from Dime Detective Magazine, June 1st, 1934.

For more great stories, check out our fiction section!

New Fiction!

November 2003 - New fiction added to the website.

It is an old saying, effendi: “When the Gipsy comes to the village, guard thy horses and thy women.” This is not written in the Koran, but is a saying of the people of Bosnia and there is much truth in these words, as I shall tell thee.

South of Sarajevo by Fred F. Fleischer from Adventure, July 30, 1925. In Adobe Acrobat PDF format. For more great stories, check out our fiction section!

Come Into My Parlor

June 2003 - A new book by popular Black Mask writer Hugh B. Cave now available!

Hugh B. Cave was one of the most popular and prolific writers during the Golden Age of the Pulp Magazines between the late 1920's and the early 1940's. His name on the cover of Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, Weird Tales, Short Stories, Clues, Argosy, Horror Story, Black Mask, Adventure, Astounding, and countless other all-fiction magazines guaranteed a story with vivid characters and crackling pace.

Published in honor of Hugh B. Cave's 92nd birthday, Come Into My Parlor takes the reader back to the great age of the pulp detective story, and to the world of the late 1930's .

Available in both harcover and trade paperback from Crippen & Landru, click here for more information!

Black Mask Magazine.com Gets its face rearranged!

June 2003 - Welcome to the new look of Black Mask Magazine.com!

"I felt it was time to freshen up the site and give it more of a visual punch. However, the same quality content you've come to expect from Black Mask will continue, only now it will better reflect our excitement for the genre and the material." - Tim Lantz, Web Developer, Black Mask Magazine

Feel free to drop Tim (or any of the Black Mask team) a line at lantz@blackmaskmagazine.com and share your thoughts on the new Black Mask Magazine.com. We love to hear from you!

New Fiction!

May 2003 - New Fiction added to the web site.

Cain counted on Sergeant Summers' stupidity when he planned his perfect crime and the old copper justified his reputation for dumbness right up to the hilt. Up to the hilt and then some! That was the rub. He was a hundred percent stupid—plus!—and that's what Cain hadn't figured when his scheme went blooey.

Dumb Dick by D.L. Champion, from the November of 1939 issue of Dime Detective, added to the fiction section.

Black Mask Updates

April 2003 - New to the Black Mask Magazine Website:

Jo Gar's Casebook Now Available from Black Mask Press!

March 2003 - New collection available for the first time!

Ellery Queen wrote: "Whitfield is a much too neglected member of the Hammett-Chandler hardboiled school." Dashiell Hammett himself praised the Whitfield stories for their "naked action pounded into tough compactness by staccato, hammerlike writing." Previously announced but long delayed (as we searched for more stories) Jo Gar's Casebook is the first collection of Whitfield's extraordinary tales.

In the February 1930 issue of Black Mask, a new character was introduced to the American detective story. Jo Gar was both a classic "thinking" sleuth and a tough man of action who inhabited an exotic noir world on the Philippines, facing a rogue's gallery of colorful villains from mixed-race Chinese to upper-crust American exiles. "The Little Island Detective" lived in a vivid world of pre-war Asia where typhoons threatened the harbor, criminals escaped from the local prison, and the waterfront was home to cut-throats from all countries.

Throughout the 1930's, Raoul Whitfield was a star contributor to Black Mask – only Erle Stanley Gardner appeared more often. The cover and design are by neo-pulp artist Tom Roberts.

Crippen & Landru is pleased to work with Black Mask Press on this new series, Tales From the Black Mask Morgue, to bring to a new generation the best uncollected stories from the greatest of all hardboiled magazine. Future publications will include books by Norbert Davis, Paul Cain, Frederic Nebel, and others.


ORIGINAL DRAWINGS of JO GAR straight from the pages of Black Mask Magazine!

Order your copy today!

Jo Gar's Casebook is available now at http://crippenlandru.com/ or by calling toll free 1- 877-622-6656.