When Legends Gather #267:
Raymond Chandler Birthday Birthday Edition


A congress of Black Mask authors
(yes, that's Dashiell Hammett on the upper right)

3 comments:

Vanwall said...

What made the pulps tick. Only Bellem missing, then it would be perfect. Seated far right under Hammett - Norbert Davis, one of the best writers from that period, IMNSHO, tho not much read these days due to lack of stories in print. Poor Bert died so young, :( - such a melancholy life for such a clever and funny writer.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks for pointing him out, Rob! Other than Chandler and Hammett, I wasn't able to identify more than one or two of the others (and then only from their signatures in the photo), so I thought going with the most high-profile Black Mask-ers the better part of valor.

Vanwall said...

I've seen all the names named somewhere in my collection of errata, but I seem to remember all of them were very high-profile when that picture was taken - Joe Shaw could really pick 'em. I've read so much pulp over the years, when I read a new crime novel, half the time I seem to have read it before, and these guys plus a coupla others were the reason why - they hammered the whole genre into shape in the 20' & 30s.