From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, and John D. MacDonald all got their start in Black Mask. The urban crime stories that appeared in Black Mask helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by what Booklist called “the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine."
Otto Penzler selected and wrote introductions to the best of the best, the darkest of these dark, vintage stories for the collection The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. Now that collection is available on audio.
- “The Sound of the Shot” by Dale Clark, read by Richard Ferrone;
- “Flaming Angel” by Frederick C. Davis, read by Peter Ganim;
- “Odds on Death” by Don M. Mankiewicz, read by David LeDoux;
- “Those Catrini” by Norvell Page, read by Jeff Gurner;
- “Smoke in Your Eyes” by Hugh B. Cave, read by Bart Tinapp; and
- “Blood, Sweat and Biers” by Robert Reeves, read by Richard Ferrone