20 January 2013
Black Dog Books announced today an agreement with the heirs of Hugh Pendexter to issue new collections of works by the author.
"We are extremely honored to have been selected by the family to publish these collections of classic adventure, mystery and Western works," said Tom Roberts, publisher of Black Dog Books. "Pendexter authored hundreds of short stories and more than 50 novel-length works of the Revolutionary War era, early Colonial America or the American West; he was praised for the depth of research put into these historical dramas. Sadly, in the decades since his death in 1940, his fiction has been overlooked and now nearly forgotten."
"These authorized editions," says Roberts, "will be comprised of both new editions of some of Pendexter's novels as well as volumes of previously uncollected short works."
Black Dog Books' first release of Pendexter's fiction will be According to the Evidence, a series of light-hearted legal thrillers featuring the cases of the Bureau of Abnormal Litigation. "Attorney Ezra Stackpole Butterworth was Perry Mason before there was a Perry Mason—representing cases of the odd and unusual. These works were praised by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine," shared publisher Roberts. "This marks the first book publication of the stories."
According to the Evidence will be released in January 2013, with an introduction by Jeremiah Healy, former professor at the New England School of Law and award-nominated author of the John Francis Cuddy P.I mystery novels and the Mairead O'Clare legal series.
Hugh Pendexter (1875-1940) was a contributor to Saturday Evening Post, Redbook and Cosmopolitan, but is best remembered for his stories in the all-fiction pulp magazines such as Short Stories, Blue Book and Adventure. Pendexter was a star writer for this latter magazine, selling nearly 100 works to the periodical, many of which were serialized novels.
Additional volumes of Pendexter's stories to be released by Black Dog Books during 2013 including Voice of the Night, the cases of Jeff Fachon, a Sherlock Holmes inspired investigator; The Shorthorn Kid, the novella-length adventures of the Western title character, historical novels Red Trails, and The Shadow of the Tomahawk, a historical works set shortly after the Revolutionary War, and Along the River Trail, a novel set in the early 1830s dealing with the fur trapping companies. Each volume will have a new introduction provided by a current author. Other titles will follow.
For more information, please contact Tom Roberts at publisher(at)blackdogbooks.net.