The Real Black Mask Boys

Norbert DavisHorace McCoyJohn K. ButlerJohn K. ButlerDashiell HammettDashiell HammettEric TaylorDwight BabcockHerbert StinsonRaymond ChandlerRaymond J. Moffatt

This extremely rare photo of the First West Coast Black Mask Get-Together on January 11, 1936 captures possibly the only meeting of several of these authors, mostly members of The Fictioneers, a group of West Coast pulp writers. Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Raymond J. Moffatt, Raymond Chandler, Herbert Stinson, Dwight Babcock, Eric Taylor and Dashiell Hammett (on a West Coast visit). In the front row, again from left to right, are Arthur Barnes(?), John K. Butler, W. T. Ballard, Horace McCoy and Norbert Davis. It's apparently the only known time Chandler and Hasmmett met face to face.


Of course, the above photo only features some of the great writers who toiled away for Black Mask. Here are a few more.

Role Call

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to John Apostolou and Tadié Benoît for their help with this, and to the Joseph T. Shaw Papers (Collection 2052). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. The photographer, alas, is unknown.

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