Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine.
Black Book Detective magazine was probably best known for its long-running series of adventure stories featuring the crimefighter known as The Black Bat. But The Black Bat didn't appear until six years into the magazine's run with the July 1939 issue. The magazine first hit the newsstands with the June 1933 issue. For the next six years, it tried different approaches. Issue one began with a featured novel and several backup short stories. The following year it started promoting "three new complete novels" in each magazine, but abandoned that approach after four issues. It then tried shorter novelets, combined with short stories. In 1935 and 1936, it tried the "weird menace" approach, featuring scantily-clad women in peril on the covers, then switched back to hard crime. In 1938 they tried featuring recurring characters in their main novel. Gentleman thief Raffles appeared in two consecutive issues. Jonathan Drake, Ace Manhunter appeared in three issues.
The editors struck gold with The Black Bat, who first appeared in the July 1939 issue. Supposedly blind District Attorney Tony Quinn was secretly the master crime fighter known as The Black Bat. The stories were credited to the house name of G. Wayman Jones, but in actuality were written mainly by Norman A. Daniels. The Black Bat stories ran exclusively in the bi-monthly Black Book Detective magazine until it finally printed its last issue in the Winter of 1953. Black Book Detective returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
A Complete Black Bat Novel
City of Hidden Death
by G. Wayman Jones
Barrtown looked like a model community of good repute — but underneath the righteous, innocent expressions of its leading citizens, Tony Quinn saw the ugliness of crime! Follow the Black Bat as he battles a mysterious — and unseen — menace!
A Complete Novelet
Suddenly It’s Murder
by Wayland Rice
Mike Lloyd was no detective, but when the corpse of a murder victim disappeared into thin air, he felt that he had to solve the riddle!
Without Evidence — Short Story
by Norman A. Daniels
Blackmailing is Gus Conant’s game — but he doesn’t stop at murder
The Murderer Stands Mute — Short Story
by John L. Benton
Kelly stumbles into dark pathways until sightless eyes flash light
No Exit! — Short Story
by Ray Cummings
John Worthingham Rawls puts murder on the theatre program
Six Day Murder — Short Story
by Jack Kofoed
In the strange killing of Tony Larkin, Destiny has the last laugh!
Off The Record
by The Editor
A live-wire department where readers and the editor get together