Black Dog Books (US publisher)

Black Dog Books (BDB) is an independent press operation in Normal, Illinois, founded in 1997 by publisher Tom Roberts to keep an outlet for adventure fiction alive.[1] It has expanded to publish fiction in the adventure, mystery, science fiction, and horror genres.

Black Dog Books
FounderTom Roberts
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNormal, Illinois
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresAdventure fiction


Black Dog Books began operations in 1997. The first 40 titles in the BDB line appeared in a chapbook format, with some giveaway titles and memorial books added to that figure. In 2006, a trade paperback line was launched. As of this writing, Black Dog Books has more than 60 titles in print. They expect to be releasing 8 to 10 new titles a year.[1]

Since the first title, BDB has gone out of its way to produce collections of material that is difficult to come by from rare magazines, and overlooked character collections.[1] This extra effort to rescue works from obscurity has brought praise from readers and reviewers alike: "Publisher Tom Roberts is but one of an ever-growing number of those doing a great service, not only for the science fiction and fantasy reader, but for all those who love reading exciting tales of yesteryear from any genre", says Dave Truesdale, publisher of Tangent Online, "by digging into archives and researching and bringing to light once again forgotten, overlooked, or early work by many a classic pulp magazine author. They are to be commended and enthusiastically supported." [2]

Many titles from Black Dog Books include informative introductions by well-known writers or genre-authorities such as Bill Pronzini, F. Paul Wilson, Matt Hilton, Bill Crider, Robert J. Randisi, Peter Beresford Ellis, Robert Weinberg, Will Murray, and James Reasoner, or additional material such as author bibliographies.

As of 2012 Black Dog Books began releasing its backlist as ebooks.


  1. Gorman, Ed. "Black Dog Books: An Interview with Publisher Tom Roberts". New Improved Gorman (blog). March 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  2. Truesdale, Dave. "The Silver Menace by Murray Leinster". Review of Murray Leinster, The Silver Menace and A Thousand Degrees Below Zero. Tangent ( September 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-25.

Other sources:

  • McNulty, Thomas. "Pulp Fiction Renaissance". Antique Trader. August 2010.
  • Strock, Ian Randall. "Early pulp mag Adventure is the basis for two new series from Black Dog Books". SFScope. June 2010. Archived 2012-07-10.
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