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Sunday, April 8, 2018

PULP MAGAZINE LEGENDS: THE STRAND AND THE BLACK MASK

In 1890 George Newnes launched The Strand, one of the most influential magazines of it times.  It published most of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as many other detective tales.  Black Mask was started in 1920 by H. L. Mencken (The Sage of Baltimore) & George Jean Nathan as a general fiction magazine to help support financially The Smart Set, their "important" magazine.  Mencken and Nathan jumped ship after eight issues, and Black Mask began to feature  hard-boiled, realistic detective stories...Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich...the list goes on...

Here's a brief look at both magazines.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeIn3ye0caQ

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