The Mysterious Bookshop

Penzler, Otto, The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps

Marilyn Stasio
Anthologies normally sit on the night table, handy for nibbling. But The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, which runs to 1,150 pages and screams at you with its lurid typography and cheesy cover art, looks as if it would bite back. Should you take that chance, there's guilty fun to be had in the snarling prose and vintage illustrations of what the editor, Otto Penzler, promises are "the best crime stories" from the "golden age" of the '20s, '30s and '40s. Most were culled fromDime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly and (pause for genuflection) Black Mask, the cream of the 500 or so cheaply produced magazines that proliferated on newsstands before World War II.
—The New York Times