Stark House Press presents a new line of mass market books — BLACK GAT BOOKS. This is a single-title line of books, uniformly priced at $9.99, offering additional reprint titles from past masters of mystery fiction. Each book will be numbered. Some will have new introductions, some will not. We introduce BLACK GAT with Harry Whittington, Charlie Stella and Leigh Brackett. More titles will follow each Spring and Fall. Welcome to the new face of vintage mystery — BLACK GAT BOOKS.

  • End of the Line
  • 978-1-944520-57-1
  • "Hitchens had a good ear and a dead-on eye for the various charades played by the human animals. She also wrote a series of railroad mysteries with her husband Bert."—Ed Gorman, Deadly Women. November 2018. Black Gat #17.

  • You'll Get Yours
  • 978-1-944520-54-0
  • “Brooklyn-born Ard was one of the unjustly forgotten hard-boiled writers of the fifties. His career burned bright but fast … but in that time he managed to create several intriguing New York private eyes.”—Thrilling Detective. Black Gat #16. August 2018.

  • Frenzy of Evil
  • 978-1-944520-53-3
  • A twisted tale of male menopausal murder when a sadistic lawyer decides to get rid of his young wife's new lover. "Kane has an unnerving hyper-real way of writing dialogue… reminded me of David Mamet's terse, realistic dialogue in his early plays."—J. F. Norris, Pretty Sinister Books. May 2018. Black Gat #15.

  • The Men From the Boys
  • 978-1-944520-46-5
  • An ex-cop hits the skids when he takes a job as a seedy house dick. "It is a vivid, hard-hitting police story—with no punches pulled."—Will Ousler. February 2018. Black Gat #14.

  • Never Say No to a Killer
  • 978-1-944520-36-6
  • "A homicidal first-person thriller reminiscent of Horace McCoy's jailbreak classic, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye… relentlessly vicious." —Cullen Gallagher, "The Desert, The Prairie, and The Gutter." Black Gat #13. November 2017.

  • The Last Notch
  • 978-1-944520-31-1
  • A vintage noir western from the maverick editor of Lion Books, written as by "Matthew Gant," and published here for the first time under the author's name. Introduction by David Laurence Wilson, who calls Hano both "challenging and subversive." Black Gat #12. August 2017.

  • The Affair of Lady Westcott's Lost Ruby / The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi
  • 978-1-944520-22-9
  • Two new thrilling Sherlock Holmes adventures featuring Inspector Alec MacDonald, affectionately nicknamed by Holmes as Mr. Mac. "Mr. Lovisi is one of the top 5 authors who write new Holmes stories."—David Chack. Black Gat #11. May 2017.

  • Angel's Flight by Lue Cameron
  • 978-1-944520-18-2
  • A crazy ruthless story of the music business told from the inside, from swing jazz to bebop to rock & roll. "Sings loud and true with terrific characters, real heart and is a joy to read…a noir masterpiece." —Gary Lovisi, Paperback Parade. Black Gat #10. February 2017

  • Woman on the Roof by Helen Nielsen
  • 978-1-944520-13-7
  • "Best whodunit of the year."—Springfield News and Leader. "Among the best mysteries of the year."—Mystery Writers of America. Black Gat #9. November 2016.
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  • She Got What She Wanted by Orrie Hitt
  • 978-1-944520-04-5
  • "This is a fine novel, sleaze paperback or literary, [on] how difficult it was for a woman not to have to resort to using her body and sexuality to get ahead in life." –Michael Hemmingson, Those Sexy Vintage Sleaze Books. Black Gat #8. August 2016.

  • The Girl on the Bestseller List by Vin Packer
  • 978-1-933586-98-4
  • They all had a reason to hate Gloria Whealdon after she exposed their lives in her bestselling novel—but only one had a reason to kill. "I've read a number of Vin Packer's books, and this one remains a favorite." —Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine. Black Gat #7. May 2016.

  • Felony Tank by Malcolm Braly
  • 978-1-933586-91-5
  • Seventeen-year-old Doug is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in jail. What happens next could only have been written by the author of It's Cold Out There. Black Gat #6. February 2016.

  • Only the Wicked by Cary Phillips
  • 978-1-933586-93-9
  • The fourth Ivan Monk mystery, never before published in paperback. A tense Los Angeles thriller with roots in the Deep South. Author Sara Paretsky calls Phillips "my kind of crime writer and Ivan Monk is my kind of detective." Black Gat #5. November 2015.

  • The Persian Cat by John Flagg
  • 978-1933586-90-8
  • A post-World War II thriller set in Teheran featuring cynical agent Gil Denby. His mission: bring a beautiful traitor to justice. His odds: slim. Black Gat #4. August 2015
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  • Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett
  • 978-1-933586-78-6
  • Originally published as by the actor George Sanders, this domestic mystery by sf author Leigh Brackett is the story of a rich heel who comes back to get even with those who thought they had left him for dead. Black Gat #3. May 2015.

  • Eddie's World by Charlie Stella
  • 978-1-933586-76-2
  • Charlie Stella's first great crime novel, back in print and available in paperback for the first time! Eddie Senta is suffering a mid-life crisis and decides to get involved in a heist. Everything that can go wrong, does. Black Gat #2. May 2015.

  • Haven for the Damned by Harry Whittington
  • 978-1-933586-75-5
  • A group of eight people all converge on a small ghost town on the outskirts of the Mexican border, each with their own demons and dilemmas. They all want something they've lost: freedom, a lost wife, their youth. Not all of them will leave alive. Black Gat #1. May 2015.