MISSING MYSTERIES. Derek Pell
THE UNKNOWN ADJECTIVE AND OTHER STORIES. Doug Skinner
Black Scat proudly presents Derek Pell’s MISSING MYSTERIES — the most baffling and hilarious reference book ever published. This special collector’s edition features a complete history of nonexistent mysteries (1840 – 2015) in one deluxe, large format paperback.
Packed with pulp, crimes, dicks, dames, thugs, puns, gumshoes and stoolies. Loaded with laughs, maps, gaffs, noir, conundrums, puzzles & quizzes. 196 pages crammed with over 100 full-color cover reproductions, plus startling excerpts, scathing reviews, outlandish blurbs and mysterious synopses.
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In the words of Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block: “Derek Pell is quite mad, in rather a brilliant way.”
Novelist Robert Coover has called Pell “…a wordplay master and a parodist of great wit and cunning,” and MISSING MYSTERIES offers further evidence.
Better not answer it, you never know who’s calling. Wait until the shadows pass. It’s safer in the light. John Nickle is a master of shadows. With colored pencils and acrylic paint he has created moody crime scenes for novels by the likes of Ross MacDonald, James Swain, Sjöwall and Wahlöö, and many others. He’s well known for his distinctive, cinematic style—creepy and comic. A dark sense of humor lies just beneath the surface like a hastily buried corpse. Even the artist’s popular children’s illustrations posses sinister overtones. Then again, it’s a dangerous world out there. Black Scat Books proudly announces a limited edition collection of John Nickle’s best cover art and illustrations produced over the past 25 years—Nickle Noir: The Art of John Nickle—featuring a revealing introduction by the artist and full color reproductions. 144 pages to die for.
“Nickle is a conjurer of dread and remembrance. His works quickly bypass conscious examination and lodge themselves in the space between sleep and wakefulness. This is a book of dark joy. Welcome and beware.”
—p.g. sturges, author of Shortcut Man and Angel’s Gate