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Black Mask 7: The Shrieking Skeleton: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Otto Penzler , Richard Ferrone , Peter Ganim , Jeff Gurner

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Book Description

May 1 2012 Black Mask (Book 7)

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 and Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and John D. MacDonald 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 “the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine” (Booklist).

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 for the first time on audio.

Includes:

  • “A Taste for Cognac” by Brett Halliday; read by Peter Ganim
  • “Sauce for the Gander” by Day Keene; read by Richard Ferrone
  • “A Little Different” by W. T. Ballard; read by Jeff Gurner
  • “The Shrieking Skeleton” by Charles M. Green; read by David LeDoux
  • “Drop Dead Twice” by Hank Searls; read by Jeff Gurner

  • Product Details

    • Audio CD: 390 pages
    • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Unabridged,Unabridged; 7 hours edition (May 1 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1611744768
    • ISBN-13: 978-1611744767
    • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
    • Shipping Weight: 136 g

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    Review

    “Any fan of crime stories and radio shows will find these a compelling listen, spiced with a variety of accomplished narrators.”
          —The Bookwatch



    “HighBridge throws a winning seven with this standout addition to its superb series. . . . The Black Mask series single-handedly may cause a pulp mystery renaissance! Even if pulp stories aren’t your normal cup, the readings by Jeff Gurner, David Ledoux, Richard Ferrone, and others will have even the most casual or nonmystery fans hanging on every word and ‘shrieking’ for more.”
          —Library Journal [starred review]

    About the Author

    Award-winning narrator RICHARD FERRONE is a lawyer-turned-actor who spent eight years with the Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory and then Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre. He has appeared on several popular TV series including Law & Order and Against the Law.


    OTTO PENZLER has edited numerous mystery anthologies including The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection (with Chris Steinbrunner) and The Lineup, both Edgar Award winners. He is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan and founder of the Mysterious Press, now a Grove/Atlantic imprint.


    PETER GANIM is an award-winning stage, film and television actor and the narrator of over 100 audiobooks. He lives in New York City.



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    4.0 out of 5 stars Hard-boiled detective mysteries at their best Sept. 14 2012
    By DWD's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Audio CD
    Published by Highbridge Audio in 2012
    Duration: 6 hours, 31 minutes.
    Narrated by Peter Ganim, Richard Ferrone, Jeff Gurner, David Ledoux

    Black Mask magazine was a classic of the era of the pulp magazines. It's specialty was detective stories. If you love the movies with the hard-boiled detective in a trench coat with a smart mouth, a quick gun and even quicker fists who gets hired by some "dame" then this is your series.

    In the seventh release of the series, Highbridge Audio brings us five stories of varying lengths read by four different narrators. Every story begins with a short introduction to each author that includes a mini-biography of their career and of the characters featured. Many of these characters that made their way to the Hollywood big screen and the title story ( The Shrieking Skeleton ) is written by Charles M. Green, a pseudonym of Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970), a prolific author best known for creating Perry Mason.

    Ironically, Gardner's story is the weakest (meaning it was merely pretty good, but not great) in this very strong collection. If you like lines like, "It was a perfect setting for murder," this is a good bet for you. These are the classic stories that became the movies that shaped our views of what makes a detective story and they are a lot of fun in their original glory.

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