The Best Anthologies of Reprints
Listed chronologically:


  • Shaw, Joseph T., editor.
    The Hard-Boiled Omnibus

    Simon & Shuster, 1946.
    The first anthology to ever attempt to cover the genre. A sampling of a dozen classic pulp stories from Black Mask, chosen by the magazine's best and most influential author, Cap Shaw himself. Includes seminal stories from Lester Dent, Ramon Decolta , Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Raoul Whitfield, Norbert Davis, Paul Cain, Roger Torrey, George Harmon Coxe and others.

  • Oursler, Will, editor.
    As Tough As They Come
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Permabooks, 1951.
    Extremely hard-to-find paperback collection of "17 hard-boiled stories of murder and violence." Includes tales from Dashiell Hammett, Bruno Fischer, James M. Cain, George Harmon Coxe, Steve fisher, Brett Haliday, Day Keene, George Harmon Coxe et al. Oursler is the co-creator of pivotal female eye Gale Gallagher.

  • Marguilies, Leo, editor
    Dames, Danger, Death...Buy this book
    New York: Pyramid Books, 1960.
    Along with Come Seven, Come Death, one of the very best samplers of fifties-era tough guy crime fiction I've seen, mostly taken from the pages of Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine. There are eight stories, most -- although not all of them, despite the cover blurb -- featuring "tough private eyes.". There's Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday, Curt Cannon and Richard Silverstein by Ed McBain (as Curt Cannon and Richard Marsten respectively), Pete Chambers by Henry Kane, Shell Scott by Richard Prather and Johnny Liddell by Frank Kane. Non-P.I. tales by Jonathan Craig and Richard Deming round out the roster.

  • Goulart, Ron, editor.
    The Hardboiled Dicks
    New York: Sherbourne Press, 1965
    Another pivotal collection, reprising some of the choices in The Hard-Boiled Omnibus. Includes classic tales from Norbert Davis, John K. Butler, Raoul Whitfield, Frederick Nebel and Richard Sale, plus "An Informal Reading List."

  • Morrison, Henry, editor.
    Come Seven/Come Death
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Pocket Books, 1965.
    Excellent collection of seven stories. Featuring Shell Scott, Scott Jordan, Pete Chambers, Johnny Liddell, Pete Selby, Manny Moon and Chester Drum.

  • Goodstone, Tony, editor.
    The Pulps: 50 Years of American Pop Culture
    New York: Chelsea House, 1970.
    239pp, Four-colour and B&W illustrations.
    Over 50 complete stories, poems, features, and articles all in their original format, including work by Paul Gallico, Max Brand, Dashiell Hammett, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Also over 100 full colour original covers, some full page..Includes T.T. Flynn's hard-to-find "The Deadly Orchard.

  • Ruhm, Herbert, editor.
    The Hard-Boiled Detective
    New York: Vintage Books, 1977.
    Includes first book publication of Carroll John Daly's The False Burton Combs, often considered the first genre protagonist, although he isn't a detective per se.

  • Kittredge and Steven M. Krauzer.
    The Great American Detective...Buy this book
    New York: New American Library, 1978.
    Mostly hard-boiled, includes Carroll John Daly's first Race Williams' story, plus great stories from Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, Chandler, etc. This was one of those pivotal books that turned me on to the genre in the first place.

  • Pronzini, Bill, editor.
    The Arbor House Treasury of Detective & Pulp Stories From the Great Pulps
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Arbor House, 1983.
    Pretty much what the title says. Includes Hammett's first Continental Op story, plus entries by Daly, McCoy, Nebel, Paul Cain, Bellem, Norbert Davis, John Jakes and Frederick Nebel, among others.etc.

  • Hoppenstand, Gary, and Ray Browne, editors.
    The Defective Detective in the Pulps
    Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1983.
    Excellent collection of pulp stories, featuring such peculiar eyes as Nat "The Bleeder" Perry, the faceless Seekay and the periodically blind Peter Quest, plus a great intro that tries to place them in an historical context.

  • Pronzini, Bill and Martin H. Greenberg
    The Ethnic Detective
    1985
    Intriguing collection of non-pale-male private eyes and other detectives. I borrowed it countless times from the Westmount Library.

  • Nolan, William F., editor.
    The Black Mask Boys: Masters in the Hard-Boiled School of Detective Fiction
    ...Buy this book
    New York: The Mysterious Press, 1985.
    The Real Deal. Stone cold classic stories by Chandler, Nebel, Hammett, Gardner, ). Paul Cain,, etc. and revealing essays which introduce each one. Includes Nolan's defence of Carroll John Daly's Three Gun Terry as the first hardboiled private eye.

  • Hoppenstand, Gary, Garyn G. Roberts and Ray Browne, editors.
    More Tales of the Defective Detective in the Pulps
    Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1985.
    More tales of "defective detectives," right from the pages of the pulps. Also heartily recommended (if you can find a copy.)

  • Drew, Bernard A., editor
    Hard-Boiled Dames: A Brass-Knuckled Anthology of the Toughest Women From the Classic Pulps
    ...Buy this book
    New York: St. Martin's Press,1986
    Collects stories about women from the 1930's pulps. The perfect intro to Carrie Cashin, Sarah Watson, Violet McDade and others. There's also a nifty little preface by Marcia Muller.

  • Roberts, Garyn G., editor,
    A Cent a Story! The Best From Ten Detective Aces
    Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1986
    Collects 10 stories reprinted from Ten Detective Aces and an informative introduction by Garyn G. Roberts titled "Of Dragnets and Detective Aces: Early Beginnings for the Hero Pulps". The stories in this book are Richard Sale, G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Frederick C. Davis, Lester Dent, Norvell Page, and others.

  • Pronzini, Bill and Martin H. Greenberg, editors.
    The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories
    ...Buy this book
    London: Robinson Press, 1988. Reprinted, 2004.
    Possibly the single best anthology of private eye stories ever, covering everyone from Carroll John Daly to Sue Grafton, with stops along the way for Chandler, Howard Browne, Lawrence Block, Bill Pronzini, Max Collins, Joseph Hansen, Richard Prather and Robert Leslie Bellem, among others. Recommended. HEARTILY.

  • Estleman, Loren D., and Martin H. Greenberg, editors.
    P.I. Files
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Ivy Books, 1990.
    Excellent collection of stories by (mostly) latter-day writers Block, Grafton, Paretsky, Gorman, Kantner, Michael Collins, etc., featuring their series characters, for the most part. a few choice nuggets from the past, such as Fletcher Flora's "The Heat is Killing Me" are included, as well.

  • Dziemianowicz, Stefan R., Robert Weinberg and Martin H. Greenberg, editors.
    Hard-Boiled Detectives: 23 Great Stories from Dime Detective Magazine
    ...Buy this book
    New Jersey: Gramercy Books, 1992.
    Exactly what it says. Instant remainder includes one story for each year from 1931 to 1953. Includes tales of Nebel's Cardigan, Davis' Bill Brent, Chandler's John Dalmas and Constiner's The Dean, among others.

  • Weinberg, Robert E., Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, editors.
    Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames
    ...Buy this book
    1993.
    A top notch pulp anthology, with some great stories by folks like Chandler, Gardner, Nebel, Paul Cain, Davis, Cave, Daly, Bellem, Gruber and Brackett.

  • Pronzini, Bill and Jack Adrian, editors.
    Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
    A classic collection, containing many notable rarities, including stories from Leigh Brackett, Ed Gorman, Andrew Vachss, Gil Brewer, Paul Cain, Norbert Davis, Chester Himes, Elmore Leonard and tons more. Great intros and critical analysis, too. One classy collection.

  • Woods, Paula A., editor.
    Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes:
    Black Mystery Crime and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century
    Doubleday, 1995.
    A landmark, as editor Paula Woods, in her intro and aided by a primo selection of short stories, traces the development of black mystery and crime writers. Authors include Walter Mosley, Richard Wright, Gar Haywood, John A. Williams, Gary Phillips, and Hugh Horton. Recommended.

  • Jakubowski, Maxim, editor.
    The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction
    ...Buy this book
    London: Robinson Press, 1996.

  • Randisi, Robert J., editor.
    First Cases: First Appearances of Classic Private Eyes
    ...Buy this book
    Dutton, 1996.
    An essential collection, featuring the short story debuts of several more-or-less contemporary shamuses, including Dan Fortune, Kinsey Millhone, The Dan Kearney Agency, Matt Scudder, Ben Perkins, Nate Heller, V.I. Warshawski and others, even Randisi's own Miles Jacoby.

  • Haining, Peter, editor,
    Pulp Fictions
    New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1996
    This 1996 cheapie collection (frequently reprinted) of pulp classics, old and occasionally new, is priced to own, and you sure can't turn your sniffer up at the selection. Besides solid, if not too surprising P.I. stories from usual suspects Chandler, Hammett, Bellem, Daly, Ellroy and Macdonald, there are entries ranging all over the hard-boiled genre from everyone from Spillane, Leonard and MacKinlay Kantor to McBain, Sam Fuller, Stepen King and Quentin Tarrantino. And Hainings' brief but informative introductory notes are worth checking out, as well.

  • Gorman, Ed, Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg, editors.
    American Pulp
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 199
    7.
    This one's just full of good stuff: stories by, among others, Lawrence Block, Leigh Brackett, Gil Brewer, Fredric Brown, Norbert Davis, William Campbell Gault,David Goodis, Clark Howard, Dorothy B Hughes, Evan Hunter, John Jakes, Day Keene, John Lutz, John D. MacDonald, Stephen Marlowe, Richard Matheson, Wade Miller, Marcia Muller, Helen Nielsen, Vin Packer, \Talmage Powell, Richard S Prather, Robert J Randisi, James M. Reasoner, Craig Rice, Jack Ritchie, Mickey Spillane, Donald Wandrei, LJ Washburn and Donald E Westlake.

  • Gorman, Ed, Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg, editors.
    Pure Pulp
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 1999.
    Classic hardboiled crime by Westlake, Block, John D. MacDonald, Frederic Brown, Norbert Davis, Leigh Brackett, James M. Cain, David Goodis, et al.

  • Randisi, Robert J., editor.
    First Cases 3: New and Classic Tales of Detection
    ...Buy this book
    Signet, 1999.
    More short story debuts of various detectives, including P.I.s Delilah West, Stephanie Plum, Tess Monaghan, Ed Rivers, Fred Carver, Nick Polo, Chip Harrison, Saxon and Aaron Gunner.

  • Breen, Jon L, and Ed Gorman, editors,
    Sleuths of the Century
    ...Buy this book
    2000,
    There's a lot of non-PI stuff in this, but there's some primo P.I. stuff, as well. From the intro: "To represent the twentieth-century detective, we have selected twenty-five. They are male and female; straight and gay; tough and cozy; public, private, and purely amateur. Some of them are obvious consensus choices - who would leave out Wimsey or Queen or Archer or Mason or Wolfe or the cops of the 87th? - while others may be more surprising." Stories here includes ones featuring Nero Wolfe, Perry Mason, Steve Grayce (Chandler's house dick), Fergus O'Breen, Lew Archer, Matt Scudder, Nameless, Sharon McCon, Easy Rawlins and V.I. Warshawski.

  • O'Sullivan, Maurice J., and Steve Glassman, ed.
    Orange Pulp: Stories of Mayhem, Murder and Mystery
    ...Buy this book
    University of Florida Press, 2000.
    Great collection (and a great title, too) of stories and classic excerpts set in the Sunshine State, including P.I. stuff from John Carroll Daly, Jonathan Latimer, Brett Halliday and John D. MacDonald, as well as contributions from Charles Willeford, Stephen Ransome, Edwin Ganberry, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Don Tracy. Includes a solid essay, with bibliography, on Florida crime fiction.

  • Gorman, Ed, and Martin H. Greenberg, editors,
    Pulp Masters
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001.
    Great collection of six pulp novellas by John D. MacDonald, Mickey Spillane, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, James M. Cain and a full novel by Harry Whittington. According to Bill Crider, "Pulp Masters is worth picking up for the Whittington novel, So Dead My Love, alone."

  • Jakubowski, Maxim, editor,
    The Mammoth Book of Pulp Action
    ...Buy this book
    New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001.
    A new Carroll&Graf collection of rfelatively rare hard-boiled goodies, by such masters of the craft as Dashiell Hammett, Robert Leslie Bellem, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, John D. MacDonald, Ross McDonald, Ed McBain, Charles Willeford, David Goodis, and James Ellroy.

  • Spillane, Mickey, and Max Allan Collins, editors,
    A Century of Noir: Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories
    ...Buy this book
    New York: New American Library, 2002.
    A good, solid collection, with reprints from from folks like Cain, Goodis, MacDonald, Macdonald, Brackett, etc, as well as stories by both editors. Also, Ben Schutz's great Lost and Found, which wraps up his Leo Haggerty series.

  • Randisi, Robert J., editor
    Most Wanted
    ...Buy this book
    2002.
    Personal favourites of past (and current) presidents of PWA. Four of the stories are new (including a new Nameless tale by Pronzini, an Alo Nudger by John Lutz, a new P.I. by Jeremiah Healy and a new Stanley Hastings by Parnell Hall) and the rest are reprints, but for the most part, they're GOOD reprints, by the likes of Lawrence Block, Michael Collins, William Campbell Gault, Sue Grafton, Les Roberts, Robert Randisi, Sara Paretsky and Max Allan Collins..

  • Penzler, Otto, editor,
    The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps: The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s....Buy this book
    New York: Vintage Crime/Blck Lizard, 2007
    It's big, alright, and it's got a big title, but for those of you who have never actually read anything from the glory days of detective and crime pulps, this is more than just a massive doorstop -- it's the gateway drug of the year. Combining three previously published (or scheduled to be published) collections, The Crimefighters, The Villains and The Dames, and featuring each of those individual volumes' intros (by Harlan Coben, Harlan Ellison and Laura Lippman, respectively, as well as an overall view by Penzler himself, this is one huge hunk of reading, over 1100 pages of Grade-A pulp, 100 % pure, from some of the greatest writers the genre has ever seen: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett (a never-before-published story), Erle Stanley Gardner, Raoul Whitfield, both James A. and Paul Cain, Norbert Davis, Horace McCoy, Cornell Woolrich, George Harmon Coxe and even a couple of complete novels (from Carroll John Daly and Frederick Nebel), ripped from the pages of Black Mask, Dime Detective and other shining lights of the era. The stories have all been cleaned up and re-typeset for easy legibility, but the two-column layout, instantly familiar to design anyone who's ever gingerly handled an actual copy of those dusty, musty old pulps and many of the original illustrations have been retained so it's like reading the biggest baddest pulp on the newstand. Go ahead, take a little taste. The addiction starts here...

  • Randisi, Robert J., editor,
    The Shamus Winners: America's Best Private Eye Stories: Volume I
    ..Buy this book
    Baltimore, MD: Perfect Crime Books, 2010
    Includes all the Shamus-winning stori
    es from 1982 to 1995, by the likes of John Lutz, Bill Pronzini, Lawrence Block, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Ed Gorman, Mickey Spillane, Marcia Muller, Nancy Pickard, Benjamin M. Schutz, Linda Barnes, Max Allan Collins, and Sue Grafton.

  • Randisi, Robert J., editor,
    The Shamus Winners: America's Best Private Eye Stories: Volume II...Buy this book
    Baltimore, MD: Perfect Crime Books, 2010
    Includes the rest of the Shamus-winning stories up to 2009, from Pearl Abraham, Mitch Alderman, O'Neil De Noux, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Terrence Faherty, Gar Anthony Haywood, Jeremiah Healy, Ceri Jordan, John Lutz, Lia Matera, Warren Murphy, I. J. Parker, Cornelia Read, Carolyn Wheat and Michael Wiecek.

  • Polito, Robert, editor,
    American Noir:11 Classic Crime Novels of the 1930s, 40s, & 50s
    .... Buy this book!
    Library of America, 2012.
    Not really an anthology, but who cares? The noir genre gets a big hunk of respect from the folks at the Library of America, with this classy two-volume hardcover collection that digs deep into the heart of darkness: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain, (1934), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy, Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson, The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing,, Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham, I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich, The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson, The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, Pick-Up by Charles Willeford, Down There by David Goodis and The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes. That's over 1800 acid-free pages of despair, bleakness and bad luck. Pass the razor.

  • Jakubowski, Maxim, editor.
    The New Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction
    ...Buy this book.. Kindle it!
    London: Constable & Robinson, 2014
    Updated edition of the pretty much essential 1996 collection of reprints. Eight stories are chucked, to make room for some new (old) stories, including a recently re-discovered Dashiell Hammett story that apparently fell through the cracks, mostly because nobody seemed to realize he was the author. It may be a far cry from his later Continental Op stories, but it's a fascinating look into the developing author. Also in this volume: classic stories by the likes of Mickey Spillane, Donald Westlake, John D. MacDonald, Jim Thompson, Robert Leslie Bellem, Paul Cain, Lawrence Block and others -- you know, those guys.
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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Monte Herridge for his help plugging some of the holes here.


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