Sunday, February 19, 2012
PAUL CAIN’S THE COMPLETE SLAYERS SHIPPING THIS WEEK!
From Carolyn Hart: Dear Ed,
I hate to be a bother but for some odd reason when the link is Googled it brings up your columns and Amazon listings instead of going to the Writing Out Loud site. If you don't mind, would you instead delete the link and say that if readers are interested they can go to my website - www.CarolynHart.com - and lick in the upper right hand corner.
Outwitted by the ether world. As usual.
Love - C
Ed here: Paul Cain was an amazing writer. I read this in two sittings and wanted many more stories. The biographical introduction by Max Collins and Lynn F. Meyers is the single most informed and informative piece I've ever read on the elusive Cain. As for the book itself, a beautiful collector's edition that will quickly increase in value..
THE COMPLETE SLAYERS
SHIPPING THIS WEEK!
THE COMPLETE SLAYERS
EDITED AND WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY BY MAX ALLAN COLLINS AND LYNN F. MYERS, JR.
Paul Cain was the hardest boiled of all the Black Mask writers. And other than Hammett and Chandler, the one who best epitomizes the hard, brittle style that represented the magazine. Short staccato sentences void of introspection, conjunctions, and all but the most necessary exposition. Stark, violent, and occasionally brutal storylines. And prose so provocative and compelling that the reader finds himself gulping it down whole instead of in the usual bite-size pieces.
This massive collection features the novel Fast One (in its original serial form) and the complete 13 slayersÑbrilliant works of noir fictionÑwritten by Paul Cain for Black Mask and other crime pulps. For six of the slayers, this is the first time ever that they have been collected in book format, and also marks the first time that all of Cain’s fiction has been collected in book form.
This new edition includes a stunning biographical introduction by Max Allan Collins and Lynn F. Myers, Jr., which incorporates years of research into the life of Paul Cain, about whom little is known. Along with the stories, this edition features a cover gallery of old issues of Black Mask as well as old covers of the Fast One and Seven Slayers collections. This hardcover book is signed by Max Allan Collins, Lynn F. Myers, Jr., and Ron Lesser, the cover artist.
The 500-copy, limited hardcover edition is signed by Max Allan Collins, Lynn F. Myers, Jr., and cover and inteior artist Ron Lesser. Our distributor, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, is showing 300 pre-orders for this book, and with some good reviews appearing, it should be an item that sells out quickly. Sample page spreads appear below. More appear on the website.
Five hundred signed and numbered cloth copies, $75. Click here to order.