Black Lizard Press.

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The Black Lizard imprint first appeared in 1980 when Don Ellis printed Barry Gifford's novel PORT TROPIQUE. Ellis began to focus on more commercial ventures and Gifford drifted away, eventually ending up in France. In 1983 Gifford found a dozen out-of-print novels in a Parisian bookstore by a forgotten American crime novelist, Jim Thompson. The Black Lizard imprint was resurrected to reprint the Thompson books and serve the gritty criminal ethos of fifties pulp, including the tawdry stylized covers. Eighty-two titles were published, including two anthologies edited by Gifford. There were new works by such authors as Murray Sinclair, and reprints of Thompson, David Goodis, James M. Cain, Gertrude Stein, and Charles Willeford. In 1990 Don Ellis sold Black Lizard to Vintage Books.

From the description of Archive, 1977-1994. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122369499

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creatorOf Black Lizard Press. Archive, 1977-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Alter, Robert Edmond. person
associatedWith Brown, Fredric, 1906-1972. person
associatedWith Cain, James M. 1892-1977. person
associatedWith Cain, Paul. person
associatedWith Carco, Francis, 1886-1958. person
associatedWith Causey, James O. person
associatedWith Ellis, Don. person
associatedWith Fischer, Steve. person
associatedWith Gifford, Barry. person
associatedWith Goodis, David, 1917-1967. person
associatedWith Gorman, Ed. person
associatedWith Heath, W. L. 1924- person
associatedWith Knight, Eric. person
associatedWith Lutz, John. person
associatedWith Malzberg, Barry N. person
associatedWith Marlowe, Dan. person
associatedWith Nelson, Kent. person
associatedWith Nichols, Victoria. person
associatedWith Nielsen, Helen. person
associatedWith Nisbet, Jim. person
associatedWith Pronzini, Bill. person
associatedWith Rabe, Peter. person
associatedWith Simon, Roger Lichtenberg. person
associatedWith Sinclair, Murray. person
associatedWith Sorocco, Sin. person
associatedWith Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. person
associatedWith Thompson, Jim. person
associatedWith Thompson, Susan. person
associatedWith White, Lionel. person
associatedWith Whittington, Harry. person
associatedWith Willeford, Charles Ray, 1919- person
associatedWith Williams, Charles. person
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United States
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Detective and mystery stories
Printing
American literature--20th century
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Active 1977

Active 1994

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