Next Geary Murder Story Coming in October From NBM

Black Dahlia (A Treasury of XXth Century Murder) by Rick Geary

I’m a huge fan of Rick Geary’s “Treasury of Murder” series, so I’m thrilled to see that there’s a new volume due later this year. (The previous was Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White, which came out at the end of 2013.) NBM has announced that Black Dahlia is due in October in comic shops, November in book stores.

The “Black Dahlia”, 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, was found dead in January 1947 in Los Angeles, and her murder is one of the most famous unsolved cases of the past century. Her story will be told by Geary in the series format, an 80-page black-and-white hardcover with list price of $15.99.

Black Dahlia by Rick Geary

Geary does an excellent job presenting the facts of these historical murder cases in a distinct pen-and-ink reportorial style. The books are sometimes frustrating because no one knows with certainty what really happened, but they’re enlightening in how he teases out common themes of human nature.

In addition, three other books in the series — The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy — will be reprinted in A Treasury of XXth Century Murder Compendium, due out February 2017 at a savings of $27.99 for the triple-book hardcover.

Visit the NBM announcement for information on their other titles coming this summer and fall, including a fantasy biography of Marie Antoinette; a painted biography of Elvis; and several fictional graphic novels by notable European artists.


  • Jim Kosmicki

    interesting – so no Kickstarter on this one…

  • I got the impression (perhaps mistakenly) that Geary’s Kickstarters were more suited to devoted fans of his, while this has more mass audience interest, given how famous the case is.

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