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Otto Penzler
Otto Penzler

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Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was publisher of The Armchair Detective, the founder of the Mysterious Press and the Armchair Detective Library, and created the publishing firm Otto Penzler Books. He has twice received the Edgar Award, for The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection and The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives, as well as the Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his many contributions to the field. He is the editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, which was... Read More

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Agents of Treachery

Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95

For the first time ever, legendary editor Otto Penzler has handpicked some of the most respected and bestselling thriller writers working today for a riveting collection of spy fiction. From first to last, this stellar collection signals mission accomplished.

Including:

* Lee Child with an incredible look at the formation of a special... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Agents of Treachery

Written by Otto Penzler


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Best American Crime Writing: 2003 Edition
The Year's Best True Crime Reporting
Edited by Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books
On Sale: August 4, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Best American Crime Writing: 2003 Edition
The Year's Best True Crime Reporting
Edited by Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $15.00

This year’s worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute, in short, the best crime journalism. Scouring hundreds of publications, Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have created a remarkable compilation containing the best examples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions: crime... Read more >
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The Big Book of Adventure Stories

Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $25.00

A hair-raising collection of adventure stories that's so big and enthralling if you open it you may never be seen again: enter at your own risk.
Everyone loves adventure, and Otto Penzler has collected the best adventure stories of all time into one mammoth volume. With stories by Jack London, O... Read more >

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: eBook, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $12.99

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The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $25.00

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories—many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches... Read more >
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The Big Book of Ghost Stories

Written by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $25.00

The Big Book of Ghost Stories is a spirited Black Lizard anthology with over a thousand pages of haunted—and haunting—tales.

The ghost story is perhaps the oldest of all the supernatural literary genres and has captured the imagination of almost every writer to put pen to the page. Here, Edgar Award-winning... Read more >
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The Big Book of Ghost Stories

Written by Otto Penzler


Format: eBook, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $12.99

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s
Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: eBook, 1168 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 24, 2008
Price: $18.99

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

Edited by Otto Penzler
Foreword by Otto Penzler
Introduction by Keith Alan Deutsch


Format: eBook, 1136 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2012
Price: $14.99

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

Edited by Otto Penzler
Foreword by Otto Penzler
Introduction by Keith Alan Deutsch


Format: Trade Paperback, 1136 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $25.00

An unstoppable anthology of crime stories culled from Black Mask magazine the legendary publication that turned a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream.

Black Mask was the apotheosis of noir. It was the magazine where the first hardboiled detective story, which was written by Carroll John Daly appeared. It was the slum... Read more >
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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s
Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 1168 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $25.00

The biggest, the boldest, the most comprehensive collection of Pulp writing ever assembled.

Weighing in at over a thousand pages, containing over forty-seven stories and two novels, this book is big baby, bigger and more powerful than a freight train—a bullet couldn’t pass through it. Here are the best stories and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries

Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: eBook, 956 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $12.99

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries

Written by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $25.00

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Bloodsuckers
The Vampire Archives, Volume 1
Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $7.99

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COFFINS
The Vampire Archives, Volume 3
Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $7.99

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Fangs
The Vampire Archives, Volume 2
Written by Otto Penzler


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $7.99

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Murder and Obsession

Edited by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 7, 2000
Price: $23.00

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Murder for Love

Written by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 9, 1999
Price: $19.00

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Murder for Revenge

Written by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 9, 1999
Price: $23.00

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The Vampire Archives
The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published
Preface by Neil Gaiman
Edited by Otto Penzler
Foreword by Kim Newman


Format: Trade Paperback, 1056 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $25.00

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

Vampires! Whether imagined by Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, they are part of the... Read more >
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Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

Written by Otto Penzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $25.00

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! is the darkest, the living-deadliest, scariest--and dare we say most tasteful--collection of zombie stories ever assembled. It’s so good, it's a no-brainer.

There is never a dull moment in the world of zombies. They are superstars of horror and they are everywhere, storming the world of print and visual... Read more >
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