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.