Peter Ruric (George Carrol Sims)

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA
George Carol Sims' writing career was spent under two distinct pseudonyms. As Paul Cain he wrote a remarkable series of 17 hard-boiled detective novelettes for the pulp magazine "Black Mask" beginning in early 1932. His character, gambler Gerry Kells, was so popular that the first five stories were combined in book form as "Fast One" in 1933 and remains today as one of the best examples of the genre. His other coinciding writing career was spent as screenwriter Peter Ruric; his most notable script was for The Black Cat (1934), a lesser Boris Karloff classic. Read more...