The Altus Press 30% Off Cyber Monday Sale: Race Williams, Talbot Mundy, The Domino Lay, and 20 Ebooks

From now until midnight on November 26th—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code 2018turkey at checkout to get 30% off our already-discounted prices!* Use it on just about everything we sell on www.altuspress.com.

Each day, we’re unveiling several new books. Today is the last day of the sale, and we’re going out with a bang: Today we’ve released Volume 4 of our Race Williams series, The Complete Up and Down the Earth Tales (Deluxe Edition) by Talbot Mundy, The Complete Adventures of The Domino Lady, and 20 more Ebooks.

Use the promo code 2018turkey 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 $35, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after November 26th!

Use this promo code on hundreds of titles on www.altuspress.com including these new releases:


If Death Is Respectable: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 4If Death Is Respectable: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 4

by Carroll John Daly; introduction by Brooks E. Hefner, cover photograph 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 4 contains the next batch of Race Williams stories, all from 1932–34 as the door closed on Daly’s long run in Black Mask. Included here are the novels The Amateur Murderer and Murder From the East.

This collection also includes several Race Williams novelettes including “Merger With Death,” “If Death Is Respectable,” “Murder in the Open,” and “The Eyes Have It.” And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

$29.95 softcover

The Complete Up and Down the Earth Tales (Deluxe Edition)The Complete Up and Down the Earth Tales (Deluxe Edition)

by Talbot Mundy, introduction by Brian Taves

The gifted romanticist, Talbot Mundy, offers in these pages an epic adventure spanning Africa, the Middle East, and Armenia in the early years of the 20th century. Mundy draws on a combination of personal experience and political conviction in portraying four fortune-hunters, Englishmen and American, who encounter colonial brutality in Africa, then join the defense of Armenia against Turkish genocide. This is the first book publication of this entire saga from the original magazine serialization, and includes an introduction by Mundy biographer Brian Taves explaining the genesis and impact of the stories. 614 oversized pages.

$85.00 deluxe hardcover

The Complete Adventures of The Domino LadyThe Complete Adventures of The Domino Lady

by Lars Anderson, afterword by Tom Johnson

“Compliments of the Domino Lady!” In order to avenger the murder of his father, socialite Ellen Patrick donned a domino mask and evening dress and packed a .45. Running for six rare stories in mid-1930s pulp magazines, these stories remain elusive. Now, these are collected in an affordable edition, complemented by an all-new Afterword by pulp historian Tom Johnson.

$29.95 hardcover | $19.95 softcover

New Ebooks:

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 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.

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.

You can preorder it here: http://amzn.to/2dMAtKW

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