“Bail-Bond” Dodd

Created by Norbert Davis (1909-49) "Watch your step, my boy, down that way. It's one of our most exclusive neighbourhoods. Exclusively bad... in this neighbourhood, at this time of night, I wouldn't wait five minutes for the King of England. There's guys around here that would cut your throat for a dime, and I mean … Continue reading “Bail-Bond” Dodd

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), … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw


"Radio's Outstanding Theatre of Thrills!" A fixture on the CBS Radio Network, SUSPENSE was the longest-running anthology series on American radio. It made its debut in June of 1942 and was on the air for the next two decades -- an incredible twenty year run. True crime, detective stories, thrillers, tales of mystery and suspense … Continue reading Suspense

Norbert Davis

Pseudonyms include Harrison Hunt, Cedric Titus (1909-1949) "Norbert Davis is a natural. If we were to pick anyone who, in spite of all human trials and tribulations, looks upon life resignedly and mostly as all fun, our nominee would be Bert." -- Joseph T. Shaw,  in an unpublished intro to The Hard-Boiled Omnibus Chandler cited one … Continue reading Norbert Davis

The Fictioneers

Role Call The Fictioneers was a social club for about twenty-five or so Southern California pulp writers established in the thirties, many of whom wrote for Black Mask. The informal club was founded by crime writers Cleve F. Adams and W.T. Ballard. The boys would meet monthly at the Nikobob Café at the corner of … Continue reading The Fictioneers

The Real Black Mask Boys

This rare photo of the First West Coast Black Mask Get-Together on January 11, 1936 captures possibly the only meeting of several of these authors, mostly members of The Fictioneers, an informal group of West Coast pulp writers. Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Raymond J. Moffatt, Raymond Chandler, H.H. Stinson, Dwight Babcock, Eric Taylor and Dashiell Hammett (on a West Coast … Continue reading The Real Black Mask Boys