Tom Roberts, Publisher
Tom appeared on A&E's Biography, and has been featured in newspaper articles and Internet interviews. His art has been shown in exhibits across the country, in addition to appearing as a guest at conventions.
When not painting or designing, Tom writes articles on illustrators of the past. He is the author of the award-winning, Alex Raymond: His Life and Art. He recently provided an introduction for volume 1 of the series Rip Kirby: The First Modern Detective, and is a Contributing Editor for the Rip Kirby reprint set from IDW.
Tom has written essays on artists such as Walter M. Baumhofer, Tom Lovell, Graves Gladney and George Rozen, and contributed to periodicals and books including Illustration Magazine, Al Williamson: Hidden Lands, Walter M. Baumhofer: Pulp Art Masters, Belarski: Pulp Art Masters and Rough Stuff among others. He is currently at work on a book about illustrator John Richard Flanagan, best remembered for his elaborate pen and ink drawings that accompanied the serialized Fu Manchu stories of Sax Rohmer during the 1920s and '30s.
He founded Black Dog Books in 1997 in an effort to bring awareness to the significance on popular culture that characters originating in the pulp magazines have had, and keep adventure-based fiction available to the reading public. In 2008 Tom was presented the Lamont Award, "for outstanding work in keeping the spirit of the pulp era alive."
Gene Christie, Associate Editor
Gene Christie has been a researcher of fantasy, science fiction, mystery and adventure fiction for nearly fifty years. For the past two decades he has extensively studied and indexed magazines of the pulp era, especially those published by the Frank A. Munsey Company.
In conjunction with Black Dog Books, he has edited a number of rare and previously unreprinted works, including Cornell Woolrich's romance stories, collected under the title The Good Die Young, several collections by Sax Rohmer, George Allan England's The Empire in the Air and The Nebula of Death, Seabury Quinn's Demons of the Night, and The Space Annihilator, an anthology of early science fiction stories published in The Argosy between 1896 and 1910, and The Man Who Found Zero, a collection of rare science fiction stories assembled from The Black Cat.
He also serves as series editor for Black Dog Books' multi-volume Talbot Mundy Library.
A practicing attorney, Doug Ellis is one of the foremost researchers and collectors of pulps magazines in the world. A 1996 recipient of the Lamont Award, he is the founder of Tattered Pages Press, a small publishing house devoted to the study and reprint of pulp-era material; and is the publisher of Pulp Vault, a scholarly journal devoted to the all-fiction magazines.
Doug is also the author of Uncovered: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps (Adventure House, 2004), the first in-depth study of the girlie magazines, and the co-author of The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps.
In a career spanning more than forty years, Robert Weinberg has worked as a freelance newspaper journalist, college instructor, and freelance writer, contributed hundreds of articles for books and magazines on topics ranging from mathematics to collecting art. Along the way he has written sixteen novels, sixteen non-fiction books, and edited over a hundred anthologies. His work has been published in hardcover and softcover all over the world.
An authority on genre fiction, Bob Weinberg has edited over a hundred and fifty books in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, young adult, and western fields. He has written columns on all these branches of fiction and is a well-known lecturer at conventions and seminars. He has acted as consultant on genre fiction for a number of paperback publishers and is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on horror and dark fantasy fiction in the world.
Bob is a two-time recipient of the World Fantasy Award. In 2007, Bob won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association.
Will Murray is the author of over 50 novels, including several posthumous Doc Savage collaborations with Lester Dent under the name Kenneth Robeson, and 40 books in the long-running Destroyer series. His 2000 book, Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Empyre, reads like a blueprint for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So does his 1996 Destroyer novel, Angry White Mailmen, in which a terrorist group allied with the Taliban attempt to topple the World Trade Center in New York.
A contributor to many anthologies, Murray has written stories about such classic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, The Hulk, The Spider, The Avenger, and Lee Falk's immortal Ghost Who Walks, The Phantom. Other stories have appeared in anthologies such as: 100 Crooked Little Crime Stories, 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories, The Cthulhu Cycle, Miskatonic University, Disciples of Cthulhu II, The Shub-Niggurath Cycle, 365 Scary Stories, 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories, 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, 100 Clever Little Cat Crimes, 100 Clever Little Cat Crimes, The Yig Cycle, Weird Trails, The UFO Files, Future Crime, Rehearsals for Oblivion, Mammoth Book of Roaring 20s Whodunnits, Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes & Impossible Mysteries, Tales of Masks and Mayhem, and Astounding Hero Tales.
He wrote the entire contents of Spicy Zeppelin Stories under various pen names, scripted two incarnations of Marvel Comics version of the Destroyer, and adapted "The Thousand-Headed Man" as a six-part serial for The Adventures of Doc Savage, which aired over National Public radio in 1985.
With artist Steve Ditko, he co-created Squirrel Girl, the most powerful character in the Marvel Universe.
A longtime contributing editor to Starlog magazine, Murray could often be found on movie sets and locations all over the world, interviewing the cast and crews of Hollywood's latest genre films, such as Watchmen.
As the Literary Agent for the estate of Lester Dent, Murray is dedicated to keeping the Missouri author's works in print.
PETER BEREFORD ELLIS (introduction to In a Righteous Cause)
Peter Berresford Ellis has authored more than eighty books of fiction and scholarly studies. Under the nom de plume Peter Tremayne, he is responsible for the international best-selling Sister Fidelma series of mystery novels. Visit www.sisterfidelma.com to learn more about this remarkable series.
An expert on Celtic history, some of his many works on the subject include The Cornish Language and Its Literature (1974), The Druids (1994), The Ancient World of the Celts (1999) and Ceasar's Invasion of Britain (1980, 1994).
Among Peter's literary biographies are H. Rider Haggard: A Voice from the Infinite (1978) and The Last Adventurer—The Life of Talbot Mundy (1984), as well as essays of other popular fiction authors.
RON GOULART (introduction to Bodyguard)
Ron Goulart has been a fiction writer and a popular culture historian for several decades. He has authored more than one hundred novels in the mystery, science fiction and fantasy fields in addition to hundreds of short stories and articles.
The author of a popular series of mystery novels in recent years featuring Groucho Marx as a detective, Ron has been nominated twice for the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and once for the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America.
His nonfiction critical studies include: Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines (1972), The Hardboiled Dicks: An Anthology and Study of Pulp Detective Fiction (1967), The Dime Detectives: A Comprehensive History of the Detective Fiction Pulps (1988), The Adventurous Decade: Comic Strips in the 1930s (1975, revised edition 2006), Comic Book Culture (2000), The Comic Book Encyclopedia (2004), Good Girl Art (2008). He is currently writing the introductions to the Hermes Press reprint collections of the Buck Rogers comic strip and will be doing the same for the forthcoming series of reprint books of The Phantom comic strip.
Goulart ghost wrote the popular TekWar series of books for actor William Shatner. He has also ghosted novels featuring The Avenger, The Phantom, and Flash Gordon. In addition, he has written scripts for a number of Marvel comic books as well as the comic strip Star Hawks in the late 1970s, which he co-created with artist Gil Kane. He and his wife, Frances Sheridan Goulart, also a writer, live a life of rural splendor in Connecticut.
Spur Award nominee James Reasoner is one of the most prolific and in-demand Western writers working today, with more than 200 novels to his credit in the Western and historical fiction fields, both under his own name and under various pen-names, including books in the Longarm, Trailsman, and Lone Star series, among others.
A long-time pulp fan, he has authored many detective/mystery short stories. Recent contributions to anthologies include tales of The Avenger, The Green Hornet, and Kolchak, the Night Stalker. For several years, early in his career, he wrote the Mike Shayne novellas in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, under the famous pseudonym Brett Halliday.
He lives in Texas with his wife, award-winning mystery novelist Livia J. Washburn.
Alfred Jan practices optometry and holds an M.A. in philosophy, specializing in aesthetics. He has edited three single-author collections of short fiction by D. L. Champion, Joel Townsley Rogers, and Robert Leslie Bellem, and has written articles on Norbert Davis, Cornell Woolrich, and other pulp-related subjects for Blood 'N' Thunder. From 1982 to 1995 Alfred published freelance art criticism.
In addition, Alfred has contributed to Bookery's Guide to Pulps and Related Magazines by Tim Cottrill, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps by Doug Ellis, The Best of 10-Story Book edited by Chris Mikul, and H.J. Ward by David Saunders.
GERRY CONWAY (Introduction to The Letter of His Orders)
Gerry Conway made his first professional sale as a writer at the age of sixteen, a three-page comic book story for Tales of the Unexpected. Over the next twenty years, he wrote more than a thousand stories for both Marvel and DC Comics, creating popular characters such as "The Punisher," and "Firestorm." In his mid-thirties, after collaborating on several screenplays with fellow comic book writer Roy Thomas, Gerry began a new career writing for television, scripting and producing shows like Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Huntress, Diagnosis Murder, Father Dowling Mysteries, Jake and the Fatman, and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
BRAIN TAVES (Introduction to A Transaction In Diamonds)
Brian Taves is the film archivist for the Library of Congress. He is the author of Talbot Mundy, Philosopher of Adventure (McFarland, 2006) and the editor of Winds From the East (2006), a collection of works by Mundy. The author of many critical studies, some of Brian's other books include: P.G. Wodehouse and Hollywood: Screenwriting, Satires and Adaptations (2005), The Jules Verne Encyclopedia (1996), Robert Florey, the French Expressionist (1987) and The Romance of Adventure: The Genre of Historical Adventure Movies (1993).
BILL PRONZINI (Introduction to Dead Man's Brand)
Bill Pronzini has published 75 novels, including three in collaboration with his wife, fellow mystery writer Marcia Muller; and 36 in his long-running "Nameless Detective" series, the most recent of which is Camouflage (Tor/Forge, 2011). Also to his credit are four nonfiction books, several collections of short stories, and scores of uncollected stories, articles, essays, and book reviews. He has also edited or co-edited numerous anthologies and single-author collections in a variety of fields.
In 2008 he received the Mystery Writers of America's highest award, the Grand Master. Other honors include three Shamus Awards, two for Best Novel, the Lifetime Achievement Award (presented in 1987) from the Private Eye Writers of America; and six nominations for MWA's Edgar Allan Poe award.
ROBERT J. RANDISI (Introduction to Horse Money)
Robert J. Randisi is the author of more than 500 novels in the Western, and mystery genres in addition to editing more than 30 collections of short stories. Some of his Western series have included The Gunsmith, The Gamblers, The Sons of Daniel Shaye and Decker the Bounty Hunter, while his mysteries encompass The Rat Pack, Joe Keogh, Miles Jacoby, Nick Delvecchio and Henry Po series.
Co-founder and editor of Mystery Scene magazine, Robert J. Randisi also co-founded the American Crime Writers League.
A major supporter of the detective genre, in 1981 Randisi founded The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA), and created the Shamus Award, presented annually "to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction."
In 2009, Robert J. Randisi was presented The Eye, The Lifetime Achievement Award from PWA.
FRANCIS M. "MIKE" NEVINS (Introduction to Unmasked)
Francis M. Nevins is professor emeritus at St. Louis University School of Law where he taught from 1971 through 2005. He is the author of six mystery novels and numerous short stories that appeared in national magazines and anthologies. He has written several nonfiction books on the mystery genre and books on film history, and is a two-time winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his nonfiction studies.
BILL CRIDER (Introduction to Trail of the Snake)
Bill Crider is the author of 34 mystery novels (including 4 popular series characters: Sheriff Dan Rhodes, Carl Burns, Truman Smith and Professor Sally Good) plus 17 additional novels spread between the Western, men's adventure, horror and young adult genres in addition to uncounted short stories and articles.
Bill is a recipient of the Anthony Award (in both the novel and short story categories), the Derringer Award, the Golden Duck Award, and a Shamus Award nominee.
F. PAUL WILSON (Introduction to The Leopard Couch)
F. Paul Wilson is the author of forty-plus books and numerous short stories spanning science fiction, horror, adventure, medical thrillers, and virtually everything between. His novels regularly appear on The New York Times Bestsellers List. He was voted Grand Master by the World Horror Convention and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers of America. He has also received the Stoker Award, the Porgie Award, the Prometheus and Prometheus Hall of Fame Awards, the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention, the Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon, and is listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who's Who in America.
Over eight million copies of his books are in print in the U.S. and his work has been translated into twenty-four languages. He also has written for the stage, screen, and interactive media. His latest thrillers, The Dark at the End and Nightworld, star his urban mercenary, Repairman Jack. Jack: Secret Vengeance recently concluded a young-adult trilogy starring a fourteen-year-old Jack. Paul resides at the Jersey Shore and can be found on the Web at www.repairmanjack.com.
PAUL BISHOP (Introduction to Shock Troops of Justice)
A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul has twice been honored as Detective of the Year. His novels include Hot Pursuit, Deep Water, Penalty Shot, Suspicious Minds, the short story collection Running Wylde, and five novels in his L.A.P.D. Detective Fey Croaker series—Croaker: Kill Me Again, Croaker: Grave Sins, Croaker: Tequila Mockingbird, Croaker: Chalk Whispers, and Croaker: Pattern of Behavior.
Paul's latest novel, Fight Card: Felony Fists (written as Jack Tunney) is a fast action boxing tale inspired by the fight pulps of the '40s and '50s.
All his novels are currently available as e-books.
MATT HILTON (Introduction to Bring 'Em Back Dead)
Matt Hilton is the author of the best selling Joe Hunter series of thrillers from HarperCollins. Matt's books are praised for their authenticity and action, drawn from years of personal experience. Matt has a background in private security and law enforcement. "I have taken the experience of dealing with criminals and being in stressful situations and used these experiences in my stories.
"It brings a bit more reality to the books. I know how victims feel and what extremes people can be pushed to, and it is these things I have tried to carry into my writing."
Matt is also a highly ranked expert in the skilled combat art of Kempo Jujitsu.
Matt resides in England with his family.
WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD (Introduction to The Voice of Kali)
William Patrick Maynard was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His passion for writing began in childhood and was fueled by an early love of detective and thriller fiction. He was licensed by Sax Rohmer's Literary Estate to continue the Fu Manchu thrillers. The Terror of Fu Manchu, published in 2009, followed by The Destiny of Fu Manchu, released in 2012.
He is a former weekly columnist for The Cimmerian and is currently a weekly columnist for The Black Gate. His articles have been published in the magazines Blood 'n' Thunder, Van Helsing's Journal, and The Official Magazine of The Peter Sellers Appreciation Society. He was nominated for a Rondo Award for Best Article of 2010 for a contribution to Van Helsing's Journal.
He recently collaborated with Tom Bleecker on the screenplay adaptation of Bleecker's new novel, Tea Money. Forthcoming projects include The Occult Case Book of Shankar Hardwicke (a collection of short fiction featuring an original Edwardian detective) and a hardboiled detective novel, Lawhead.