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Black Mask Magazine

The world of hard-boiled crime fiction has been around for many decades, and a number of magazines sprung up in the 1920s to fulfill the growing demand for such hoary stories and tales. One such magazine was Black Mask, which was launched in April 1920 by H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan. The magazine quickly garnered attention, and it was also the first magazine to publish the work of Dashiel Hammett, Erie Stanley Gardner, and Raymond Chandler. On this site, visitors can learn about the magazine, and numerous others, including Terror Tales and Strange Detective Mysteries. The site also contains a number of full-length stories from the original magazines, including The Notched Gun from the magazine Adventure and “An Inside Job” from Black Mask.
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Subject: Black Mask Magazine
Posted By: keithdeutsch
Date Posted: 7/30/09 10:54pm
We have done our best to make our Black Mask Magazine site the most reliable historical and critical resource for the history of the magazine on the internet. In addition the site provides many articles of original research into the life and work of authors, agents, editors, and artists associated with the magazine, and the hard-boiled and noir genres. A number of exclusive interviews, bibliographies, and many representative stories are available for free download. The site manages to include much more information than it appears to on initial review. Researchers should review the site map to insure they do not overlook relevant material. We intend to expand our new entries beginning in the Fall of 2009. Submitted by Keith alan Deutsch, Publisher August 2009