Altus Press Latest Releases: The Lost Spider Novel, Dusty Ayres, and a New Issue of Black Mask Magazine

Altus Press is pleased to release several new pulp collections in time for the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention: we’ll have a limited number of copies there, but not to worry: you can order them directly from www.altuspress.com too. The releases are highlighted by the lost Spider novel, Slaughter, Incorporated, sourced directly from the original manuscript for the first time. Slaughter, Incorporated also includes a never-before published Red Finger story by Author Leo Zagat.

We’ve also released another installment of the relaunched Black Mask Magazine, this time headlined by five all-new hardboiled detective stories, along with several vintage pulp classics. And it’s adorned by a never-before published vintage Black Mask cover by James Lunnon.


Slaughter, IncorporatedThe Spider: Slaughter, Incorporated (Facsimile Edition)

by Grant Stockbridge, Donald G. Cormack, Arthur Leo Zagat, and Norvell Page, introduction by Will Murray

Originally slated to appear in The Spider Magazine in the 1940s, “Slaughter, Incorporated” was ultimately shelved when that magazine was canceled. Never before published directly from author Donald G. Cormack’s original manuscript, this edition has been faithfully reconstructed as an exact copy of the never-published February 1944 issue of The Spider Magazine, complete with vintage interior illustrations.

In addition, The Spider: Slaughter, Incorporated (Facsimile Edition) marks the first publication of the never-before-published lost Red Finger story, “Red Finger and the Murder Trio,” penned by Arthur Leo Zagat. Also including a story by longtime Spider author, Norvell Page.

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Black Mask (Spring 2018)Black Mask (Spring 2018)

by Robb T. White, Jonathan Sheppard, Richard Billingsley, J.D. Graves, Brian Townsley, J. Allan Dunn, Paul Ernst, Dan Cushman, Frederick Nebel, and H. Bedford-Jones

Black Mask, the greatest American detective magazine of all time, is back with another issue featuring five all-new stories, plus vintage hard-boiled classics from the pulp era of the 1930s-40s. And it includes a never-before published cover by James Lunnon, painted for Black Mask in 1940.

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Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #6: The Red DestroyerDusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #6: The Red Destroyer

by Robert Sidney Bowen

“Stand by for action—three o’clock—map position M-24.” Dusty Ayres suspected that this message came from the enemy, that it was bait luring him to a trap; but he didn’t guess how deadly the snare was, didn’t know that he was keeping a rendezvous with one of the most destructive weapons yet used by the Blacks—an invisible tornado of red death!

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Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #7: The White DeathDusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #7: The White Death

by Robert Sidney Bowen

“You will instruct Captain Ayres to proceed to Washington H.Q. by staff train at 2:25. He is to be provided with escort to station and placed in custody of Staff Sergeant Bolton…” Dusty read this radiogram with amazement. First H.Q. grounded him, then sent this crazy order. But the order did not worry the gods of war, for they knew that the very fires of hell itself would sweep across war-torn America before the devilish plot behind that command could be smashed—before Dusty Ayres could learn the secret of the white death!

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The Cross Brand by Frederick FaustThe Cross Brand

by Frederick Faust

Longtime friends, Sheriff Harry Ganton and Jack Bristol, find themselves on different sides when Harry is mistakenly shot during an argument. Thinking he has killed his friend, Jack flees town, only to run into two mysterious strangers. Why does one have a cross brand on his forehead? And then there’s the matter of Jack’s appointment with the hangman’s noose in his future….

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Race Williams Returns, Plus Thrilling Adventures and Spicy Mystery

The long-awaited third entry on the complete reprinting of the Race Williams hard-boiled detective stories, Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3, is now in stock at www.altuspress.com. Written by Carroll John Daly, Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3 contains several short stories and novels, many of which have never before been reprinted.

Also in stock is Thrilling’s new anthology, The Best of Thrilling Adventures, featuring the best of this venerable pulp’s varied genres by a host of authors, such as Zorro creator Johnston McCulley and Avenger writer Paul Ernst. It’s an impressive, large collection, and it may be the best pulp reprint of the year.

Finally, today see the release of the final entry in The Best of Spicy Mystery series. Volume 3 includes classics by E. Hoffmann Price and Robert Leslie Bellem, among others.

Domestic orders of $25 of softcovers gives you free shipping. So what’s the hold-up? Order it now from altuspress.com.


Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3

Carroll John Daly, introduction by Brooks E. Hefner, cover by Mark Krajnak

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever.

Volume 3 contains the next batch of Race Williams stories, all from 1929–31 as Daly continued publishing serialized novels in Black Mask. Included here are “The Silver Eagle,” “Tainted Power,” and “The Third Murderer.”

This collection also includes several Race Williams novelettes including “Shooting Out of Turn,” “Murder By Mail,” and “Death for Two.” And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 3 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

$29.95 softcover


The Best of Thrilling AdventuresThe Best of Thrilling Adventures

by Arthur J. Burks, Jackson Cole, Ray Cummings, Paul Ernst, A. Leslie, Johnston McCulley, Capt. Kerry McRoberts, George Allan Moffatt, Lieut. Scott Morgan, and Capt. John Powers, introduction by Will Murray

“One of the most neglected of the straight adventure pulp magazines of the 1930s was Standard Magazines’ Thrilling Adventures.” —from the introduction by Will Murray

This collection assembles—for the first time—the best adventure stories from the pages of this classic pulp fiction title. Over 600 pages in length and covering adventure, mystery, science fiction, and Foreign Legion stories. Plus: get every story of pulp adventure hero Larry Weston: a forgotten series from the pages of Thrilling Adventures.

$29.95 softcover


The Best of Spicy Mystery, Volume 3The Best of Spicy Mystery, Volume 3

by Hamlin Daly, Ellery Watson Calder, Carl Moore, Justin Case, E. Hoffmann Price, and Robert Leslie Bellem, introduction by Alfred Jan

The Thrills of Horror! Romantic Tales of the Eerie and Occult! You’ll find them in Spicy Mystery—stories of red-blooded men and lovely girls in dangerous situations, in an atmosphere of chills and thrills. Real life is never so tense and dramatic as when a girl is in peril—or as when a siren as deadly as she is beautiful sets her snare for a man….

Are you bored of typical weird menace plots, many of which crept into Spicy Mystery? Then sample these tales which break out of that tired formula where every ending is happy, and the only challenge is guessing which minor character gets exposed as the villain in a rubber monster suit and demon mask! The Best of Spicy Mystery, Volume 3 contains 11 classic stories by the masters of the genre, complete, uncut, and with the original illustrations. It also includes an all-new introduction by editor Alfred Jan, one of the leading experts on the series.

$19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Save 30% This Weekend: The Altus Press Black Friday–Cyber Monday Weekend Sale Continues With More Race Williams eBooks and The Mysterious Wu Fang

From now until midnight on November 27th—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code turkey30 at checkout to get 30% off our already-discounted prices!*

The new line of Black Mask eBooks continues, featuring stories #15-20 of Race Williams, the classic hard-boiled character created by Carroll John Daly for the pages of Black Mask.

Plus, we’ve released the long-awaited final Wu Fang book, The Mysterious Wu Fang #7: The Case of the Hidden Scourge, by Robert J. Hogan.

Use the promo code turkey30 on these and just about everything else we sell on www.altuspress.com.

Altus Press is the leader in vintage pulp fiction reprints, covering superhero, adventure, mystery, detective, and other genres in high-quality editions. We already have free shipping on softcovers on order over $25, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after November 27th!


The Mysterious Wu Fang #7: The Case of the Hidden ScourgeThe Mysterious Wu Fang #7: The Case of the Hidden Scourge

Into the city of Bagdad, once host to the forty thieves and hot bed of ancient sin, has come the Dragon Lord of Crime, Wu Fang—his purpose and his mission Death—but death more ghastly than any the mind of man can conceive, wrested from the secrets of forgotten centuries and now employed in gaining the mastery of the earth.


Race Williams #15: Half-Breed (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #15: Half-Breed (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams—Confidential Agent—is not a charitable institution, but the potential of cold, hard cash, not curiosity, will drive Williams to the brink. When a mysterious letter and hotel key from “A Real American” takes him to the twenty-seventh story of a New York skyscraper, Williams arrives early with his gun in-hand. Williams finds an empty room except for the dead corpse of a young Indian man, Race’s “Real American.” With only a corpse and a ticket to Oklahoma as clues, Williams must prowl the mean streets of New York City to find the killer and uncover the mystery as to why he was brought to Room 2740. Story #15 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #16: Blind Alleys (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #16: Blind Alleys (Black Mask eBook)

Five one-hundred-dollar bills call Race Williams to an appointment. When he starts he hasn’t the least idea what it’s all about, and the further he gets into it, the more confused it becomes except that every hand seems against him. It is not long before Race gets mad, which is all that is needed to make him tear loose and see it through. Story #16 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #17: The Snarl of the Beast (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #17: The Snarl of the Beast (Black Mask eBook)

Who is the criminal known only as “The Beast?” Too baffling for the police to solve, it becomes a manhunt in which detective Race Williams must track down “the most feared, the cunningest and cruelest creature that stalks the city streets at night.” But it will soon become Race’s most dangerous case as he tries to stay alive. One of the longest and best of the dozens of Race Williams adventures. Story #17 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #18: The Egyptian Lure (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #18: The Egyptian Lure (Black Mask eBook)

An envelope full of money and a request to join his client at a tough nightclub downtown brings Race Williams face to face with many of the swarthy faces of crime. The shaded, dirty lights of the “Egyptian Lure” allows the Confidential Agent to slink his way through the club, assessing every hardened jaw and rosy-cheeked dame for his potential client. Suddenly, a young dancer is taken unwillingly in a dark corner of the club by a gang of narrow-eyed thugs, but Race Williams is a paid man, and uneasy about abandoning his client. Just then, another dancer informs him: the girl was his bankroll, and now she’s been kidnapped. But the dancer, a good girl named Bernie, paid Williams for action, and that’s what she was gonna get. Story #18 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #19: The Hidden Hand (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #19: The Hidden Hand (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams had run across criminals before, and a few shots to the head always took care of such threats. But how can Race deal with four separate rogues at once? And what of their ultimate leader, The Hidden Hand? Story #19 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #20: The Tag Murders (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #20: The Tag Murders (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams thought he had seen it all until he came face to face with the mystery of The Tag Murderer: the killer who left metal emblems pinned to each of his victims’ corpses. Solving the case is only made more complicated when The Flame, Race’s femme fatale, becomes entangled in the mystery: what’s her role? And is Race in her crosshairs too? One of the best adventures in the Race Williams series. Story #20 in the Race Williams series.


* This promo code will only work on purchases made on www.altuspress.com and nowhere else (meaning that it does not apply to Will Murray’s books sold on www.adventuresinbronze.com). Minimum purchase of $25 required. Expires November 27, 2017 at midnight.

Save 30% This Weekend: The Altus Press Black Friday–Cyber Monday Weekend Sale Continues With More Black Mask eBooks and The Moon Man

From now until midnight on November 27th—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code turkey30 at checkout to get 30% off our already-discounted prices!*

The new line of Black Mask eBooks continues, featuring stories #8-14 of Race Williams, the classic hard-boiled character created by Carroll John Daly for the pages of Black Mask.

Plus, we’ve released the long-awaited final Moon Man book, The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 7: 1936-37, by Frederick C. Davis (with an introduction by Andrew Salmon).

Use the promo code turkey30 on these and just about everything else we sell on www.altuspress.com.

Altus Press is the leader in vintage pulp fiction reprints, covering superhero, adventure, mystery, detective, and other genres in high-quality editions. We already have free shipping on softcovers on order over $25, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after November 27th!


The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 7: 1936-37The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 7: 1936-37

One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 7 collects the last five stories from this series: “Preview to Murder,” “Ghoul’s Carnival,” “Skeleton’s Snare,” “Murder for a Pastime” and “Blackjack Jury.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.


Race Williams #8: Say It With Lead! (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #8: Say It With Lead! (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams was a man not above using a gun, nor of making a quick buck. But there was one other—Sticker Haddock—who enjoyed murder like one does a game of checkers. So when Haddock’s employer, a well-off politician and bootlegging kingpin, approaches Williams out of fear for his own life, a chance to match wits with Haddock and make $200,000 lands on his table. Although Williams is quick to accept the offer, it may be in vain, for Williams’ own life becomes put in the crosshairs of the man they call “The Shooting Fool.” Story #8 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #9: I’ll Tell the World (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #9: I'll Tell the World (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams was as free from money as an old maid from a pleasant thought. And the sweltering heat of the city only added to his anger, like a raging bull on a chain. So when he discovers and decodes a secret and ambiguous message in the newspaper, he follows the lead and the smell of cash. But Race Williams gets more than he bargained for, much more. A young, slip of a girl is kidnapped in the dead of night, with only Race Williams on her trail. He must trail them through the dark and dismal city before she, and the prospect of money, is gone forever. Story #9 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #10: Alias Buttercup (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #10: Alias Buttercup (Black Mask eBook)

Mexican Joe was a sore eye and a bad tooth to the New York City Police Department. So, when he spread-eagled out of a twenty-second story window of a skyscraper and ended as mush amid the Brooklyn traffic, no one batted an eye. Except for Race Williams. A sure buck and a good lead compelled him to the scent of a fresh kill, and the end of a smoking gun. Having narrowly escaped his own close encounter with death, Race Williams must work against a mysterious shadow in the stormy city to solve Mexican Joe’s murder and save his own life in the process. Story #10 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #11: Under Cover (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #11: Under Cover (Black Mask eBook)

When Race Williams receives a note to meet in the dead hours of the night on an abandoned roadside, he is leery of the setup. And then a mysterious call warns him that someone will try to kill him tonight. In the Confidential Agent’s mind, if some bird really wanted the opportunity to bump off Race Williams, he’d be willing to give him the chance. But, from what the city knows about Race Williams and his .44, the chances were against the bird. So Race takes the bait, but the thug he meets quickly finds his way to the grave. On the thug’s body, Race finds the torn corner of a thousand dollar bill, and Williams’ curiosity is piqued. The game was just beginning. Story #11 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #12: South Sea Steel (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #12: South Sea Steel (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams is in Honolulu for a little R&R. Whether it be the eloquent “waxing” of a fat and florid businessman or the devil-may-care attitude of Williams, the Confidential Agent purchases a ticket to go traipsing around the Pacific on a little trader that beat its way from island to island. Before he can get aboard and enjoy his vacation, Williams finds himself rescuing a fleeing woman from the knife’s edge, putting her attacker down easily. Yet, before Race can turn and ask if she’s okay, the dame disappears. With no dog in this fight, Williams runs from the scene, too, leaving the bleeding man to fend for himself. How bad could things get for a man who was looking for rest and seclusion? Story #12 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #13: The False Clara Burkhart (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #13: The False Clara Burkhart (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams wouldn’t touch a divorce case with a ten-foot pole. But when Mr. Burkhart, the prosperous owner of the well-known Burkhart & Co. publishing company, oozes through his office door seeking help, Williams is only too quick to jump at the chance for easy cash. The problem? One hundred and fifty thousand dollars of Burkhart jewelry has been stolen and old man Burkhart can’t seem to remember any relevant details of his inherited jewels. To make matters worse, the only prime suspect on Race Williams’ list—Burkhart’s young, beautiful wife Clara—must not be made aware of the misplaced jewels. Can Williams overcome a forgetful old man, a beautiful young wife, and a mysterious tail in time to retrieve the Burkart jewels and save his hide in the process? Story #13 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #14: The Super-Devil (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #14: The Super-Devil (Black Mask eBook)

The mean streets have never been so divided, nor so willing, to pay Race Williams for his services. So when private investigators start turning up dead in Coburn, and a dirty gangster warns him not to go, Williams is only too curious to find out what’s amuck in the city. Yet, Race Williams doesn’t work for free, and his services follow the highest bidder. With two warring sides willing to offer him any amount for a job, Williams must walk a thin line to avoid upsetting the wrong man and keep his head on a swivel to avoid being the next to get taken out. Story #14 in the Race Williams series.


* This promo code will only work on purchases made on www.altuspress.com and nowhere else (meaning that it does not apply to Will Murray’s books sold on www.adventuresinbronze.com). Minimum purchase of $25 required. Expires November 27, 2017 at midnight.

Save 30% This Weekend: The Altus Press Black Friday–Cyber Monday Weekend Sale Is On

From now until midnight on November 27th—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code turkey30 at checkout to get 30% off our already-discounted prices!*

Today we’re unveiling the new line of Black Mask eBooks, featuring the first 20 stories of Race Williams, the classic hard-boiled character created by Carroll John Daly for the pages of Black Mask.

Plus, we’ve released the next volume in our Deluxe Edition line, Ace G-Man: The Complete Cases (Deluxe Edition).

Use the promo code turkey30 on these and just about everything else we sell on www.altuspress.com.

Altus Press is the leader in vintage pulp fiction reprints, covering superhero, adventure, mystery, detective, and other genres in high-quality editions. We already have free shipping on softcovers on order over $25, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after November 27th!


Ace G-Man: The Complete Cases (Deluxe Edition)Ace G-Man: The Complete Cases (Deluxe Edition)

by Emile C. Tepperman

Limited hardcover edition of 50 copies.

One of the greatest series from the pages of the pulps of the 1930s is finally available in a complete, deluxe edition. Klaw, Murdoch, and Kerrigan are the best the F.B.I. has to offer. Through nearly two dozen adventures—primarily from the pages of Ace G-Man Stories—they battled spies, saboteurs, and even super-villains! This collection also includes their crossover with Ed Race, The Masked Marksman.


Race Williams #1: Knights of the Open Palm (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #1: Knights of the Open Palm (Black Mask eBook)

by Carroll John Daly

The first hard-boiled detective Race Williams, runs up against the Klan in his premiere adventure, which leads him to fast and tragic action. Plus two other early Daly hard-boiled classics: “The False Burton Combs” and “Dolly.” Story #1 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #2: Three Thousand to the Good (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #2: Three Thousand to the Good (Black Mask eBook)

by Carroll John Daly

Race Williams—the classic hard-boiled detective from the pages of Black Mask Magazine—takes on the biggest blackmailing scheme of his career. Plus a bonus Daly hard-boiled classic: “Paying an Old Debt.” Story #2 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #3: The Red Peril (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #3: The Red Peril (Black Mask eBook)

by Carroll John Daly

For the first time, Race Williams encounters the mysterious masked Red Peril in the biggest case of his hard-boiled career thus far. Story #3 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #4: Them That Lives By Their Guns (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #4: Them That Lives By Their Guns (Black Mask eBook)

by Carroll John Daly

“Mr. Cardigan… if we come to terms, I’ll go and fetch your daughter back. I don’t want to be considered a killer, but if your son-in-law is as quick as you say, why—I’ll bring your daughter home a widow!” Race Williams travels to Mexico in another hard-boiled classic from the pages of Black Mask Magazine. Story #4 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #5: Devil Cat (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #5: Devil Cat (Black Mask eBook)

by Carroll John Daly

Hard-boiled detective Race Williams investigates the strangest murder of his career. Another classic from the pages of Black Mask Magazine. Story #5 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #6: The Face Behind the Mask (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #6: The Face Behind the Mask (Black Mask eBook)

by Carroll John Daly

Class was stamped on every contour of her body, but the faint wisp of fear clung to her person. Gladys Pervins was a woman who had slipped on the path and was paying the price. Her husband, a reclusive yet extremely jealous scientist who spends his nights alone in the laboratory, gave her nothing in the way of marital bliss. When an attractive, young man named Bertie enters her life, she cannot help but to give in to one forbidden kiss, destined to be forgotten after the sun rises. But, the flash of the camera is forever! Now, as Mrs. Pervins is being blackmailed by an unknown culprit with a picture of her fateful kiss, she is destined to relive her star-crossed kiss night after night. So she hires Race Williams, Confidential Agent, to solve the case and save her from the wrath of her jealous husband. And although Race has the skills to solve any case set on his desk, one picture may soon spin into a collage of conspiracy! Story #6 in the Race Williams series.


Race Williams #7: Conceited, Maybe (Black Mask eBook)Race Williams #7: Conceited, Maybe (Black Mask eBook)

by Carroll John Daly

Race Williams is a man who likes the study people—read ’em like a book. So, when Mr. Riverity Coe shows up seeking a bodyguard for his beautiful fiancé, Gladys Travers, Race is only too happy to make a quick buck. After all, easy money is always in his line. However, when Mrs. Travers arrives later, it turns out this particular book, and its main heroine, might have a twist in store for Race Williams. A deadly tale of matrimonial blackmail between Mr. Coe, Mrs. Travers, and her actual husband, the dangerous and brutish Jerome, unfurls as Race rushes to flip back the pages on an unusual case that threatens the life of a young woman and, potentially, Race Williams himself. Story #7 in the Race Williams series.


* This promo code will only work on purchases made on www.altuspress.com and nowhere else (meaning that it does not apply to Will Murray’s books sold on www.adventuresinbronze.com). Minimum purchase of $25 required. Expires November 27, 2017 at midnight.

Black Mask #3 Is Available Now With a New Story by Lester Dent (Doc Savage)

Black Mask (Fall 2017)At long last, the third issue of the revived Black Mask Magazine (Fall 2017) is in stock and available. Issue #3 is once again chock-full of the best hard-boiled Detective stories from the golden age of the pulps. It’s headlined by an all-new, never-before-published Detective story by the creator & author of Doc Savage, Lester Dent. Also featuring Day Keene, Hugh B. Cave, and Wyatt Blassingame, among others. And it also includes a previously-unpublished interview with the author of Donovan’s Brain, Curt Siodmak.

The paperback edition is discounted until November 30 and domestic orders of $25 of softcovers gives you free shipping. So what’s the hold-up? Order it now from altuspress.com.

$14.95 softcover on sale for $13.95 until November 30 | $4.99 eBook

Get it here: Black Mask (Fall 2017)

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Solder Stories (April, May, and July 1929)

SOLDIER STORIES – April 1929 recently sold on eBay for $429.24. This is the First Issue of just 4 of this Fiction House title. It would morph into DETECTIVE CLASSICS for the later 22 issues.

“A COMPLETE GOOD COPY.

SOLDIER STORIES – April 1929 (First Issue)

TWO INCHES MISSING FROM SPINE AT BOTTOM. BACK COVER LIGHTLY SOILED.
PIECE OUT OF PULP AT BOTTOM NEAR SPINE.
PAGES ARE TAN AROUND THE EDGES.
A RARELY SEEN PULP”

Cover Artist: H.C. Murphy Jr. (and here) (who died January 1, 1931 at 45 of cancer).
Murphy Jr. did 38 covers for ADVENTURE in the 1920’s (and one showed up on a 1933 issue) and at least 9 BLACK MASK in the same years. He did some really sparse covers paintings, a few nicer Westerns and Northwest Mounties, but his forte were the many excellent Clipper ship covers.

Authors: “The Devil’s Squadron” by Herman Petersen;
“Empty Saddles” by Walt Coburn;
“Red Rebels” by T. W. Ford;
Frederick C. Davis; Eugene Cunningham; Theodore Roscoe

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $60.00 – $150.00 – $300.00

SOLDIER STORIES – May 1929

SOLDIER STORIES – May 1929 recently sold on eBay for $525.95

This is the Second issue

Cover artist A.L. Hicks wasn’t prolific but it is worth noting that he did 2 covers for NAVY STORIES,
2 for DETECTIVE-DRAGNET MAGAZINE, and 1 for The UNDERWORLD MAGAZINE.
All equally rare titles.

Authors: “Cold Steel” by Arthur J. Burks;
“Sky Battle Wagons” by Andrew A. Caffrey;
“Gunner’s Choice” by Eugene Cunningham;
“Legend of the Legion” by Theodore Roscoe;
“Yellow Turbans” by Francis James;
“Drummed Out” by Edwin L. Sabin
(If you check the FictionMags Index and ever find an author missing from the contents list (like only one here) that is because I didn’t think they were prolific enough to list).

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

 

 

SOLDIER STORIES – July 1929 recently sold on eBay for $382.77

SOLDIER STORIES – July 1929

 

This is the Third issue

“A COMPLETE VERY GOOD COPY. USUAL FOLDS AND CREASES ALONG EDGES OF COVERS. ONE INCH TEAR AT MIDDLE OF FRONT COVER OUTER EDGE. BOTTOM OUTER CORNER IS ROUNDED. TEARS AT TOP AND BOTTOM OF SPINE.

A VERY SCARCE PULP.”

Cover by F. R. Glass

Authors: “Yellow Guns” by Arthur J. Burks;

“A Yankee Canuck” by Harold F. Cruickshank;

“Navy Stuff” by Eugene Cunningham;

“Dog of War” by Henry Leverage

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

I would place them from “Scarce,” but much more closer to “Rare.” The title never shows up for sale and the winning bids seem indicative for “Rare” titles, especially for a Fiction House Pulp which are usually easier to pick up.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Altus Press Releases New Issues of Black Mask and Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Hot off the heels of their premiere at the 2017 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention in Lombard Illinois, on April 21, Altus Press is pleased to announce  new issues of Famous Fantastic Mysteries—containing an all-new story by Doc Savage creator Lester Dent—as well as another issue of Black Mask Magazine—which includes a never-published story by Carroll John Daly.


Black Mask Magazine (Spring 2017)Black Mask (Spring 2017)

by Carroll John Daly, Roger Torrey, Richard Sale, T.T. Flynn, Frank Gruber, Cyril Plunkett, William R. Cox, and others

The greatest pulp magazine of all time returns with another issue, headlined by an all-new story by Carroll John Daly, the creator of Race Williams.

104 pages | $14.95 softcover | $5.99 ebook

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Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)

by Lester Dent, H.M. Appel, Ray Cummings, Paul Ernst, Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, Francis James, and others

Another installment of the classic fantasy title, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, featuring a brand new, never-before published story by Lester Dent, the creator of Doc Savage! Also featuring several stories from the Popular Publications archives.

96 pages | $14.95 softcover | $5.99 ebook

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Altus Press Announces Its New Releases for the 2017 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention

Altus Press is pleased to announce its line of Spring 2017 releases, headlined by the Series 3 of The Argosy Library, which comprises ten collections from the pages of the Frank A. Munsey Company pulps. Other releases include new issues of Famous Fantastic Mysteries—containing an all-new story by Doc Savage creator Lester Dent—as well as another issue of Black Mask Magazine—which includes a never-published story by Carroll John Daly. The long-awaited Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8 also premieres, as well as the well-researched Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey, written by the great pulp editor’s nephew, Philip Sherman.

All of Altus Press’ new releases will premiere at the 2017 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention in Lombard Illinois, on April 21.

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Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (The Argosy Library) by Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan and the Jewels of Opar (The Argosy Library #21)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs, introduction by Vernell Coriell

Deep in the African interior lies the remote refuge called Opar. Ruled by the beautiful High Priestess La, who commands an army of savage beast-men, this hidden colony is the last survival of long-sunken Atlantis.

Tarzan of the Apes had dared penetrate Opar in the past. Now he must brave her bestial defender once more on a desperate mission. For the Lord of the Jungle needs the fabulous jewels of Atlantis for his own purposes. But how can he wrest this treasure from Queen La, whose burning desire is to enslave the ape-man as her coveted mate?

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar is the fifth in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ world-famous adventure series. This Altus Press edition marks the first time the original Argosy version of this thrilling tale has been reprinted since 1916.

Edgar Rice Burroughs was the imaginative and prolific creator of Tarzan, John Carter of Mars and Carson of Venus, and is considered one of the most important literary discoveries ever to appear in the pages of Argosy and other Munsey magazines.

196 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Clovelly (The Argosy Library) by Max BrandClovelly (The Argosy Library #22)

by Max Brand

Michael Clovelly might not have been the greatest swordsman ever to come to London town during the reign of the Merry Monarch, Charles the Second, but if a better man ever wielded a blade, he had not yet stepped forth to claim the distinction.

Seeking gold with which to elevate his beggarly fortunes, Clovelly chances to encounter a bully, and his fierce swordwork brings him to the attention of Lord Teynham, who has need of a resourceful man with a rapier. The commission: to turn highwayman and rob a certain coach. The reasons? They are both murky and mysterious. But they have to do with a certain lady of impeccable character…. Since his belly is empty, Clovelly dares the hangman’s noose for a certain sum of gold—and barges into more strife and intrigue than he bargained for.

Max Brand was the personal pen name of Frederick Schiller Faust, one of the most prolific writers who ever lived. The creator of characters as diverse as Whistling Dan Barry, Destry and Dr. Kildaire, Faust specialized in Westerns, but also contributed to other genres. He wrote more that five hundred stories, but Clovelly is one of his rare cloak and sword swashbucklers.

247 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


War Lord of Many Swordsmen: The Adventures of Norcross, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library) by W. WirtWar Lord of Many Swordsmen: The Adventures of Norcross, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library #23)

by W. Wirt

The World War was over, its fighting finished. But not for Captain John Norcross of the American Expeditionary Force. He considered the Armistice a waste of good soldiers. So he welded together the best of his men to lead a regiment of the fightingest black soldiers who ever tore up the trenches. These were men born and bred for battle. Red McGee. Billy Gray. George Gunnell. Patton. The Boston Bean. The Fighting Yid. Corporal “Yaller” Coudray. Corporal “Delicate” Moss. And scores of others—one hundred and fifty strong.

Into wild western China with its bandits and feuding warlords, Captain Norcross marched his force. Their objective: A simple brass tube. Yet what it contained would prove priceless to the right parties. But first they would have to face a Zulu army—in the heart of China! Then there was the complication of the fugitive Manchu princess they happened to collect along the way….

William Wirt was a prolific writer of two-fisted adventure stories, renowned for his Argosy tales of mercenary Jimmie Cordie. His professional life was shadowy, and he claimed to have worked for the United States Secret Service, as had his father before him. Few today doubt Wirt’s credentials, for the quality and authenticity of his writing has stood the test of time.

218 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Alias the Night Wind (The Argosy Library) by Varick VanardyAlias the Night Wind (The Argosy Library #24)

by Varick Vanardy

Bingham Harvard is the true identity of the mysterious midnight marauder known only as the Night Wind. Possessed of inhuman physical strength, he battles crooks and cops alike, motivated by the soul-crushing tragedy of being framed on a criminal charge he did not commit.

Alias the Night Wind introduces this proto-superhero who becomes as a law unto himself dedicated to the hot pursuit of swift justice. All while being hounded by the New York police force—and especially by clever undercover detective Kate Maxwell, whose special assignment is to bring in the notorious Night Wind.

Varick Vanardy was the pseudonym of prolific dime-novel producer Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey, the author of over one thousand Nick Carter stories. His Night Wind novels were written for The Cavalier magazine during the last years of Dey’s amazing writing career, as dime novels gave way to the new pulp magazine field pioneered by Argosy.

254 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


The Blue Fire Pearl: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 1The Blue Fire Pearl: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library #25)

by George F. Worts

Sailor Singapore Sammy Shay roamed the South Seas, desperate to find the father he neither knew nor loved. For reckless old Bill Shay had absconded with the only copy of a will that left all of his own father’s worldly riches to Sammy alone. Singapore Sammy didn’t know why, and he didn’t care particularly. He just wanted to get his hands on that precious document. He had only two clues to go on: his old man loved pearls and elephants—in that order. When Sammy came into possession of the fabulous Malobar pearl, he realized that he had something to bargain with. If only he could track down the elusive Bill Shay….

So begins the exotic adventures of Singapore Sammy Shay as he knocked around the backwater ports of the South Seas, seeking his lost fortune and usually finding himself in scalding hot water.

In his youth, George Frank Worts had been a telegraph operator on ships making the China run when he turned his experiences in Asia into some of the most memorable escape fiction ever to appear of the pages of Argosy magazine.

The volume collects the first five stories in the saga of Singapore Sammy Shay and Lucky Jones of the schooner, Blue Goose.

284 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


The Moon Pool & The Conquest of the Moon Pool (The Argosy Library) by Abraham MerrittThe Moon Pool & The Conquest of the Moon Pool (The Argosy Library #26)

by Abraham Merritt, introduction by Will Murray, illustrated by Virgil Finlay

Surrounded by crumbling Cyclopean ruins, the Moon Pool was a place of both horror and wonder. No Polynesian race had constructed it. Sacred yet accursed too, the spot was far older then recorded history. As was the luminous thing that dwelt within its unfathomable depths, a transcendent being summoned from its ancient slumber by the cold rays of the full moon.

Against this vampiric force beyond human comprehension, a group of brave scientists and adventurers takes up the challenge and confronts the unholy power known only as the Shining One. But even they do not suspect that behind this awesome apparition lurks ever more stupendous wonders left over from a prehuman age when superscience and elder sorcery were indistinguishable from one another.

A. Merritt was one of the pioneers in the field of science-fantasy fiction. A Munsey magazine mainstay, he electrified readers of All-Story Weekly when it published “The Moon Pool” in 1918. The hunting tale of supernatural wonder created a sensation that led to a novel-length sequel, The Conquest of the Moon Pool. This Altus Press volume collects for the first time the original unrevised versions of these now-classic tales, illustrated by the incomparable Virgil Finlay.

448 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover


The Gun-Brand (The Argosy Library) by James B. HendryxThe Gun-Brand (The Argosy Library #27)

by James B. Hendryx

Through Chloe Elliston’s veins coursed the reckless blood of her world-roving ancestor, the legendary “Tiger” Elliston. Tiger Ellison, the seaman who had built a fleet of cargo steamers that tramped the whole wide world. Tiger Elliston, scourge of pirates from the South Seas to distant Asia.

With her entourage, Harriett Penny and the Amazonian Big Lena, the granddaughter of Tiger Elliston had come to the northland to move freight up the Slave River and make her own fortune. But north of 60 is a hard, raw land, one where women did not readily fit in. Not even the fearless offspring of a human tiger. For here Chloe would become embroiled in a bitter feud between “Brute” McNair—“the Bad Man of the North” and the free-trader named Pierre Lapierre. Dare she trust one over the other? And which one?

James B. Hendryx was a prolific author who lived the kind of life mirrored in his fictional heroes. A Minnesota native, he had prospected in the Yukon, been a cowboy in the U.S. West and Canada, as well as serving a stint is a newspaper reporter. In his time, Hendryx was considered one of the premier authors of a popular genre now all but extinct—the “Northern.”

265 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Jan of the Jungle (The Argosy Library) by Otis Adelbert KlineJan of the Jungle (The Argosy Library #28)

by Otis Adelbert Kline

Led to believe that his natural mother is a chimpanzee, a young boy knows only the savage ways of the great apes. Kept in a cage, he is systematically trained to become a savage killer by the fiendish Dr. Bracken. The target of Bracken’s rage is none other than the woman who spurned him—the orphan boy’s own mother!

After fate causes him to be shipwrecked on the coast of Venezuela, the feral youngster, accompanied by his surrogate mother, Chicma the chimp, escapes into the jungle and discovers a strange land inhabited by prehistoric dinosaurs and primitive man-monsters. Transformed by contact with the beautiful Ramona, the teenaged beast-boy learns the ways of civilization and becomes Jan of the Jungle!

Otis Adelbert Kline was a popular Argosy writer in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He specialized in planetary romances set on Mars and Venus, so it was inevitable that he would follow in Burroughs’ literary footsteps by creating a version of Tarzan of the Apes to call his own. Jan of the Jungle reappeared in the Argosy sequel, Jan in India, and was adapted as a 1935 Universal serial, Call of the Savage.

220 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Minions of the Moon (The Argosy Library) by William Grey BeyerMinions of the Moon (The Argosy Library #29)

by William Grey Beyer

Move over, Buck Rogers!

When Mark Nevin was put under general anesthetic, he expected to wake up minus his appendix. That was all. To his shock and horror, he discovered himself 6,000 years in the future, long after mankind had referred back to savagery.

Fortunately for Mark, the surgeon who accidentally placed him in suspended animation carefully laid him in a crypt containing all the means for survival available in the 20th century. And he would need them, for he was about to plunge into a world more dangerous and primitive in the long-dead one he had known. And Mark Nevin would not be alone. There was the beautiful Nona Barr. And the mysterious Omega, a disembodied moon-mind with the personality of a mischievous child yet possessing the transformative power of a god. Not to mention assorted cannibals and an actual dragon.

William Gray Beyer was a Philadelphia railroad worker and policeman who moonlighted writing fiction. His first effort, the whacky and whimsical Minions of the Moon, proved so popular that he brought back Mark Nevin for several more Argosy installments, including Minions of Mercury and Minions of the Shadow.

183 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Drink We Deep (The Argosy Library) by Arthur Leo ZagatDrink We Deep (The Argosy Library #30)

by Arthur Leo Zagat

Nestled in the Heidelberg Hills of New York State lies Lake Wankoona. Beneath its tranquil blue surface broods another world, a place inhabited by a race of beings unknown in human history.

Impelled by an eerie summons he cannot comprehend, archeologist Hugh Lambert is drawn into the lake’s placid depths—and into a vortex of unreality. There, he encounters the unearthly Little Men, who work their scientific necromancy upon the cold corpses of those who had the misfortune to fall into the lake’s uncanny bottomlessness. There, also, he meets the coldly beautiful and cruelly enthralling Nalinah, and learns of a sinister scheme to conquer the Upper World—with he, himself, destined to be in the vanguard!

Arthur Leo Zagat was famed as “The Horror Story Man,” owing to his numerous Weird Menace stories written for Terror Tales and similar magazines of horror. But Zagat also proved capable of writing quality fantasy fiction in the style of A. Merritt, as he proved in the pages of Argosy magazine with memorable novels such as the classic Seven Out of Time and the haunting Drink We Deep.

256 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Black Mask Magazine (Spring 2017)Black Mask (Spring 2017)

by Carroll John Daly, Roger Torrey, Richard Sale, T.T. Flynn, Frank Gruber, Cyril Plunkett, William R. Cox, and others

The greatest pulp magazine of all time returns with another issue, headlined by an all-new story by Carroll John Daly, the creator of Race Williams.

110+ pages | $14.95 softcover


Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)

by Lester Dent, H.M. Appel, Ray Cummings, Paul Ernst, Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, Francis James, and others

Another installment of the classic fantasy title, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, featuring a brand new, never-before published story by Lester Dent, the creator of Doc Savage! Also featuring several stories from the Popular Publications archives.

110+ pages | $14.95 softcover


Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular JourneyLeo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey

by Philip Sherman

Pulp magazines written initially for boys in the first half of the Twentieth Century dominated the industry with stories about cowboys and Indians, science fiction, and adventure. They were written by such illustrious authors as Louis L’Amour, Ray Bradbury, L. Ron Hubbard, and Isaac Asimov, with a readership of tens of millions, for 10 cents a copy. The best-known editor of this era was Leo Margulies, editor-in-chief of Standard Magazines – The Thrilling Group. During one period, he bought two million words a month. He edited more than 70 magazines and was, for a time, the highest-paid pulp magazine editor in the country.

Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey, by his nephew, Philip Sherman, includes stories by members of his family, friends, and writers, about his generosity and encouragement to so many.

Dr. Sherman’s extensive research draws largely upon correspondence records from university archives, including University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, Boston University, and Texas A&M University, and many others, and from journals such as Writers’ Digest and Author & Journalist. He talked and wrote to writers and others who knew his uncle and of course drew upon his own family’s personal experiences with this remarkable man.

354 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8

by G.T. Fleming-Roberts and Wayne Rogers, introduction by Tom Johnson

For 41 issues from 1934 to 1939,Secret Agent “X” battled the forces of evil in the pages of his own pulp magazine. Now, for the first time… the complete pulp series is being reprinted in nine deluxe omnibus editions! The text has been reset and all the original interior illustrations have been remastered. This volume contains the next five stories, by G.T. Fleming-Roberts and Wayne Rogers: “Slaves of the Scorpion,” “Satan’s Syndicate,” “The Assassins’ League,” “Plague of the Golden Death” and “Curse of the Mandarin’s Fan.” This is the Secret Agent “X” reprint series to own!

432 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

Black Mask, Argosy, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries Return to Magazine Format

Altus Press has relaunched full-length magazines of Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries in periodical format. These three pulp magazine titles were renowned for the high level of quality fiction which they published for decades.

Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries are composed of classic fiction from the backlog of The Frank A. Munsey Company, Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, Inc., and Popular Publications, Inc., along with all-new stories and articles.

Argosy features an ALL-NEW story by Frederick Nebel from the Munsey archives, along with stories by H. Bedford-Jones, Berton E. Cook, Ralph R. Perry, W. Wirt, Murray R. Montgomery, and Norbert Davis. Argosy’s focus will remain primarily on adventure fiction.

Black Mask is highlighted by a brand new story by award-winner Paul Bishop, as well as classic hard-boiled detective stories by Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, Raoul Whitfield, T.T. Flynn, Merle Constiner, Richard Sale, and Norbert Davis.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries contains a new short story by Kimberly B. Richardson. It’s rounded out by stories from G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Arthur Leo Zagat, Frederick C. Davis, High B. Cave, Paul Ernst, Wyatt Blassingame, and Wayne Rogers, among others. Famous Fantastic Mysteries will focus on the weird fiction genre.

Each of these magazines enjoyed decades-long publications by a variety of publishers, comprising several thousand total issues. These new magazines are printed in black & white and each is heavily illustrated. Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries are now available… order them below:


Black Mask (Fall 2016)Black Mask (Fall 2016)

by Carroll John Daly, T.T. Flynn, Frederick Nebel, Norbert Davis, Raoul Whitfield, Merle Constiner, Paul Bishop, and Richard Sale

The greatest detective magazine of all time is back for another collection of the best in hard-boiled fiction. Featuring classic material from the vaults of Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, and other high-quality pulp magazines. And this issue is headlined by an all-new story, “Bucketful of Bullets,” by award-winning author Paul Bishop. 118 pages.

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Argosy (Fall 2016)Argosy (Fall 2016)

by Frederick Nebel, Norbert Davis, H. Bedford-Jones, Berton E. Cook, W. Wirt, Murray R. Montgomery, and Ralph R. Perry

The greatest pulp magazine returns with a star-studded installment featuring several of the best authors ever to appear in Argosy, encompassing a wide variety of genres and containing a mixture of stand-alone novelettes. These stories also feature several of Argosy’s series characters such as swashbuckler Denis Burke, high-seas adventurer “Bellow Bill” Williams, soldier of fortune Jimmie Cordie, and rakehellies Cleve & d’Entreville. 102 pages.

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Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Fall 2016)Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Fall 2016)

by Frederick C. Davis, Paul Ernst, Arthur Leo Zagat, Chandler H. Whipple, G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Wyatt Blassingame, Hugh B. Cave, Wayne Rogers, Kimberly B. Richardson, Henry Treat Sperry, and John H. Knox

The Fall 2016 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries is dribbling with the best Weird Menace stories from the Popular Publications vault. Featuring classic stories by Paul Ernst, Arthur Leo Zagat, Hugh B. Cave, and G.T. Fleming-Roberts, this issue is headlined by an all-new story by Kimberly B. Richardson. 122 pages.

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Available for Pre-Order: The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 2

The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 2At long last, the wait is nearly over. The sequel to 2015’s Them That Lives By Their Guns: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 1 is now available for preorder on Amazon.

Written by Carroll John Daly, and with an introduction by Brooks E. Hefner and cover photo by Mark Krajnak, this book will arrive well in time for your Christmas shopping needs.

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever.

Volume 2 contains the next batch of Race Williams stories, all from 1927–29 as Daly broke the mold of Black Mask by running serialized novels in the pages of that important magazine. Included here are “The Snarl of the Beast,” “The Egyptian Lure,” “The Hidden Hand,” and “The Tag Murders.”

Additional editorial pieces are also included: Daly’s own “Putting Over a Detective Novel” was written to explain his working process while writing “The Snarl of the Beast.” And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 2 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

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Press Release: Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries Return to Magazine Format

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Featuring NEW stories by Frederick Nebel, Paul Bishop, and Kimberly B. Richardson

October 6, 2016 — Three of the most historic pulp fiction magazines of the Twentieth Century are set to return to magazine format.

This November, Altus Press will relaunch full-length magazines of Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries in periodical format. These three pulp magazine titles were renowned for the high level of quality fiction which they published for decades.

Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries will be composed of classic fiction from the backlog of The Frank A. Munsey Company, Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, Inc., and Popular Publications, Inc., along with all-new stories and articles.

Argosy features an ALL-NEW story by Frederick Nebel, along with stories by H. Bedford-Jones, Berton E. Cook, Ralph R. Perry, W. Wirt, Murray R. Montgomery, and Norbert Davis. Argosy’s focus will remain primarily on adventure fiction.

Black Mask is highlighted by a brand new story by award-winner Paul Bishop, as well as classic hard-boiled detective stories by Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, Raoul Whitfield, T.T. Flynn, Merle Constiner, Richard Sale, and Norbert Davis.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries is highlighted by a new short story by Kimberly B. Richardson. It’s rounded out by stories from G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Arthur Leo Zagat, Frederick C. Davis, High B. Cave, Paul Ernst, Wyatt Blassingame, and Wayne Rogers, among others. Famous Fantastic Mysteries will focus on the weird fiction genre.

Each of these magazines enjoyed decades-long publications by a variety of publishers, comprising several thousand total issues. Now owned by Steeger Properties, LLC, these titles will be published on a regular schedule and in print and e-magazine formats. These new magazines will be printed in black & white and each is heavily illustrated. Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries will available via the popular book and e-book vendors as well as at www.altuspress.com.

Altus Press is accepting article proposals and advertising for placement in future issues. Please contact submissions@altuspress.com to be considered for future issues.

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New Releases From Altus Press: July 26, 2016

We’re back from the always-enjoyable Pulpfest convention, and it was fantastic to meet so many fans of Altus Press!

As always, we premiere a number of new releases exclusively with Mike Chomko, Books, at Pulpfest. The convention has come and gone, and now it’s time to make them available everywhere else. Here’s the first batch:

The Mysterious Wu Fang #1: The Case of the Six CoffinsThe Mysterious Wu Fang #1: The Case of the Six Coffins

By Robert J. Hogan

“There is one Val Kildare, government agent. It is my wish that he die the most painful death in our power to inflict.” From an underground room in Limehouse this order was given. And now, across the Atlantic, sped a murder cargo to wipe out the only man who stood between Wu Fang, Emperor of Crime, and his conquest of the world!

201 pages | $12.95 softcover

Yen Sin #1: The Mystery of the Dragon’s ShadowYen Sin #1: The Mystery of the Dragon’s Shadow

By Donald E. Keyhoe

Out of the teeming turbulent East had come Dr. Yen Sin—saff­ron-skinned wizard of crime—bringing to the capital of the West all the ancient Devil’s-lore at his command—and a horde of Asian Hell-born to help him spawn it. But Michael Traile—The Man Who Never Slept—had crammed into his own keen brain the means to cope with the sinister doctor. For he knew even the secrets of the Dragon’s Shadow and how to penetrate the yellow murder fog that had descended on the capital to mingle its blood-wisps with the mist from the Potomac.

152 pages | $12.95 softcover

Invitation to a Crime: Further Adventures of Denis Burke by H. Bedford-JonesInvitation to a Crime: Further Adventures of Denis Burke

by H. Bedford-Jones

Operating out of Morocco, American profiteer Denis Burke encounters business opportunities fraught with political intrigue, shady underworld characters, double-crossing associates, and devious women—all while trying not to run afoul of the law. Burke must dodge his ever-watchful nemesis, Inspector Crepin, who has vowed to expel him from the country—or better yet—put him behind bars. A never before reprinted series by the King of the Pulps, H. Bedford-Jones.

132 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Gimlet Eye Gunn by H. Bedford-JonesGimlet Eye Gunn

by H. Bedford-Jones

Peter Larsen knew well enough that air personnel had often been forced to land on remote tropical islands. But he hadn’t thought of any of them as being haunted islands.

A classic that once appeared in Weird Tales, it’s now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

80 pages | $9.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

 


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Pulps Pricings Sales Census: 10 Black Mask

For some recent Pulp sales we follow the gun-powder smell over to BLACK MASK and see ten arresting prices.

If it wasn’t stated before, the quotation marks on the condition were the dealers description of issue in question. Sometimes they only state “Good shape” or “As shown in pics,” which usually isn’t much to go on, especially if only the front cover is shown.

BLACK MASK – June 1930 sold for $99.00

Authors: “Glass Key” (part 4 of 4) by Dashiell Hammett;

BLACK MASK - June 1930

BLACK MASK – June 1930

“Tainted Power” (29th “Race Williams” (and here) of 82 (with 5 being serials) and 4th “The Flame” appearances) by Carroll John Daly (here’s a fun bit of trivia that serves no purpose, but: “The Men in Black” appears in DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE – Oct. 1938 a “Race Williams” story and the very next “Race Williams story is “The Quick and the Dead” in DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE- Dec. 1938);
“Hell’s Kettle” (33rd “Ed Jenkins” appearance of 74) by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Signals of Storm” (4th “Jo Gar” appearance of 29) by Ramon Decolta (pseudonym of Raoul F. Whitfield);
“Red Dice” by Hapsburg Liebe

“This copy has a trimmed fc (front cover – DLS), NO bc (back cover – DLS), most of spine gone with tape to spine and cover. Paper is very nice.”

This issue has a lot of bad things going for it, except for the authors; Large “COMPLIMENTARY COPY” stamped on the cover, two round coffee (?) cup stains and dirty.

Even in this condition Bookery states: $180.00 – $450.00 – $900.00

BLACK MASK – June 1932 sold for $229.50

BLACK MASK - June 1932

BLACK MASK – June 1932

Authors: “The Amateur Murderer” (Part 3 of 4) (36th “Race Williams” story appearance of 82) by Carroll John Daly; “Cooking Crooks” (44th “Ed Jenkins” of 74 and 2nd “Norma Gay” of 2 appearances) by Erle Stanley Gardner; “The Siamese Cat” (19th “Jo Gar” appearance of 29) by Ramon Decolta (pseudonym of Raoul F. Whitfield); “Fast One 2: Lead Party” (2nd “Gerry Kells”/”S. Granquist” appearance of 4) by Paul Cain;
“Man Killer” (1st “Don Free” appearance of 3) by Raoul F. Whitfield (so he has 2 stories in this issue);
“One for the Book” (7th “Johnny Hi Gear” appearance of 8) by Stewart Stirling (pseudonym of Prentice Winchell)

“Condition: Front cover: Edge wear and short edge tears; corner creases; a few stress marks; light soiling along the top edge; separation from the spine for the top inch or so, and for the bottom inch and a half. Back cover: Bottom right corner mangled but still all there, a gouge in the woman’s hat and a much smaller one top center, edge wear, light surface soiling. Spine: Missing the bottom inch and a half; otherwise moderate wear and light surface soiling. I will include – at no extra cost – a new replacement piece for the spine bottom, scanned from another 1932 issue at 600 dpi onto actual pulp cover stock. Pages: Light tan, flexible, clean.”

Bookery states: $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00 (for the Paul Cain story)

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1934 sold for $73.01

BLACK MASK - Jan. 1934 (British edition)

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1934 (British edition)

Authors: “A Guest of the House” (54th “Ed Jenkins” of 74 and 10th “Ngat T” of 22 appearances)

by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Private War” (1st “George Killeen” appearance of 5) by Roger Torrey;
“Trouble-Hunted” (4th “Bill Lennox” appearance of 28) by W. T. Ballard;
“High Murder” by Raoul Whitfield; “Let Me Tell It” by Donald Barr Chidsey

British Edition. The stories and format are exactly the same as the American edition.
The ads on the inside front cover and both sides of the back cover have been replaced by ads of British merchants.
The front cover is lightly soiled with moderate to heavy edge wear and reading creases along left edge.
Spine has stress lines, rubs and a ¼” missing at the bottom. Back cover is soiled with moderate edge wear. Interior is tightly bound and relatively clean (pages 40 and 41 have light stains). Pages are cream to light tan. Edges are toned but still quite supple.”

Bookery: $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1934 sold for $92.00

BLACK MASK - Nov. 1934

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1934

Authors: “The Eyes Have it” (44th “Race Williams” appearance of 82) by Carroll John Daly;
“Hot Cash” (59th “Ed Jenkins” appearance of 74) by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Room Service” (5th “Cleve Corby” appearance of 5) by Eugene Cunningham;
“Law and Disorder” (11th “Dal Prentice” appearance of 12) by Roger Torrey;
“In Dead Man’s Alley” (10th “Bill Lennox” appearance of 28) by W. T. Ballard

“Nice bright covers – trimmed at right. Spine with a couple of small chips. Front cover creased with tiny chips and tiny edge tears. Rear cover also with tiny edge tears. Edges toned. Pages supple – not brittle… I would call this about good.”

Bookery: $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1937 sold for $306.00

BLACK MASK - Jan. 1937

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1937

Authors: “Try the Girl” (6th “Carmady” appearance of 6) by Raymond Chandler;
“Little Guy” (20TH “Jerry Tracy” appearance of 27) by Theodore A. Tinsley (2 stories were done by Edward Churchill in 1934);
“Bulldog” by Max Brand (pseudonym of Frederick Faust) (reprinted from COLLIER’S – Feb. 23, 1924);
“Shooting Going On” by Cornell Woolrich; “Murder Frame” by Roger Torrey

“GOOD-VG. Light overall wear especially along the cover edges; pages more browned than usual, again especially along the edges, with chipping noticed on a few page tips. Otherwise basically in solid condition.”

Bookery: $100.00 – $250.00 – $500.00

It’s Raymond Chandler’s final appearance in BLACK MASK and to make up for that it’s Cornell Woolrich first!

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 sold for $66.00

Authors: “Forced Landing” (11th “Oliver Quade” appearance of 15) by Frank Gruber;

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938

“This Way to the Morgue” (1st “Murray Gifford” appearance of 2) by Frederick C. Davis;
“Gardenia Kill (9th “Pat McCarthy” appearance of 14) by Roger Torrey;
“The Death Pool” (8th “Miles Standish Rice” appearance of 16) by Baynard H. Kendrick

Bookery: $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

BLACK MASK - Nov. 1938

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1938

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1938 sold for $55.99

Authors: “Station K-I-L-L” (25th “Jerry Tracy” appearance of 27) by Theodore A. Tinsley;

“Good condition. Used. The cover has some wear, small tears and creases. Page foxing.”

Bookery: $15.00 – $35.00 – $75.00

BLACK MASK – Dec. 1938 sold for $64.00

Authors: “Stop the Presses”

BLACK MASK - Dec. 1938

BLACK MASK – Dec. 1938

(2nd “Murray Gifford” appearance of 2) by Frederick C. Davis; “Concealed Weapon” (10th “Pat McCarthy” appearance of 14) by Roger Torrey; “Smoke in Your Eyes” by Hugh B. Cave; “Come Clean” by Donald Wandrei;
“Careless Killer” (3rd “Beeker” appearance of 7) by Dwight V. Babcock

“Good condition. Used. The cover has some wear, small creases. Page foxing.”

This issue may have been returned because the same dealer listed another copy with the exact same cover, but added pictures of he inside pages. Unless this was a different issue but he re-used the same cover image for some reason. That one only sold for $19.50.

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938 pages 2

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 pages 2

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938 pages 1

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 pages 1

 

“Fair condition. Used. The cover has some surface, edge, cover wear and tear. Pages are foxing. ”
The top and bottom pages are darkened/stained/foxed (?) like 2 1/2 – 3 inches on each side. However both buyers gave the dealer positive feedback so who knows.

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1940

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1940

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1940 sold for $52.00

Authors: “C-Jag” by Cornell Woolrich;

“Money to Burn” (5th “Rex Sackler” appearance of 29) by D. L. Champion;

“The Man Who Turned Up Missing” by Donald Barr Chidsey;

“Killer in Camp” by J. Lane Linklater”

Condition: Original Magazine with wear with original cover/pages. Lots of creasing small chunkupper right back cover gone, Otherwise, NO repairs, clippings or missing pages in the magazine.”

Bookery: $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith