My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

My Bookshelf  Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited and with introductions by Anthony Boucher   This early anthology (1950) from the Mystery Writers of America may have seemed to be just the usual grab bag of stories from all across the genre, and indeed the cover of the original hard cover edition promised short stories "of fictional detectives... … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

EDITOR OF BLACK MASK "Shaw was the finest coachwhip I ever met in an editor's chair. In my thirty-five years of freelance fiction, no one stands out so." -- Lester Dent, in a letter to Philip Durham "We wrote better for him than we could have written for anybody else." -- Raymond Chandler, in a … Continue reading They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks by Ron Goulart

My Bookshelf The Hardboiled Dicks by Ron Goulart An absolute essential for anyone who loves this stuff, Ron Goulart's 1965 The Hardboiled Dicks (my 1967 paperback reprint is the one pictured) was one of the first collections of hard-boiled detective fiction from the thirties and forties crime and detective pulps, preceded by only Cap Shaw's … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks by Ron Goulart

My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw

My Scrapshelf The Hard-Boiled Omnibus: Early Stories from Black Mask, edited by Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw   Is there a more pivotal collection of stories from Black Mask than The Hard-Boiled Omnibus? Published by Simon and Schuster in 1946, this almost mythical hardcover featured fifteen stories selected by editor  Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw (1874-1952), who had … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw