Established by Otto Penzler in early 2018, Penzler Publishers makes its debut this fall with the launch of American Mystery Classics, a line of newly-reissued mystery and detective fiction from the years between the first and second World Wars, also known as the genre’s Golden Age.
Our carefully-curated titles include celebrated classics by Erle Stanley Gardner, Ellery Queen, and Mary Roberts Rinehart, as well as works from undeservedly forgotten authors such as Clayton Rawson and Craig Rice, each one refreshed with attractive new covers and contextualized with original introductions.
Readers have been eager to again have books in print by America’s greatest detective story writers, many of which have been unavailable for several decades, and this series promises to bring back the very best. With more than forty years of experience as an editor, critic, publisher, and bookseller, Otto Penzler’s selections are made with unparalleled expertise, meaning that these books are sure to please both long-time fans as well as newcomers to the genre.
Otto Penzler is the president and CEO of Penzler Publishers. He’s also the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and is regarded as the world’s foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction.
Penzler founded The Mysterious Press in 1975, which he later sold to Warner Books (1989). He reacquired the imprint in 2010 and it now publishes original books as an imprint at Grove/Atlantic, and both original works and classic crime fiction through MysteriousPress.com, in partnership with Open Road Integrated Media.
Penzler has won two Edgar Awards, for Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection in 1977 and The Lineup in 2010. The Mystery Writers of America awarded him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award in 1994 and the Raven–the group’s highest non-writing award–in 2003.
Charles Perry is the publisher at Penzler Publishers. He has spent the past five years in various roles at Mysterious Press and MysteriousPress.com, most recently as managing editor. He also has over a decade of experience as a bookseller, including a year spent at Square Books in Oxford, MS, and several years at the Mysterious Bookshop in NYC.