Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ed Hoch and The New Black Mask

As everyone in the mystery community must know by now, Edward D. Hoch recently passed away at the age of 77.

I didn't know Ed very well, but I recently reread some of his work as a result of my blogging about the New Black Mask for The Rap Sheet. Ed had stories in NBM#4 and NBM#8. Given his record of 35 straight years of publishing a story in every issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, it's appropriate that he tied the record for most contributions to the short-lived NBM with two.

One of the few times I met Ed was at the Denver Bouchercon. I took the opportunity to have him sign my copy of NBM#4.

It's an honor to be labeled a "fellow Black Mask writer" by him.


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