Ed Hoch and The New Black MaskAs 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.