Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Black Star” as Want to Read:
The Black Star
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Black Star

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Johnston McCulley (1883-1958) was a police reporter before he became proflic and successful writer for pulp magazines and for Hollywood. His serial, The Curse of Capistrano, published in All-Story Magazine in 1919, made him world famous the following year when the film version, starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., was released under the title The Mark of Zorro. The rest, as the ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published December 31st 1910)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Black Star, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Black Star

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 50)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Thom Swennes
Sep 14, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I really wouldn't recommend it
The Black Star by Johnston McCulley is a story of good versus evil. Like many thirty-cent novels written and published in the first half of the Twentieth Century, it is a conglomerate of Sherlock Holms, Batman and The Keystone Cops. The story reads as a poorly written, low budgeted black and white movie from the 30’s that were so popular as television filler when I was still young and impressionable. This book would make even the best actors look bad through the inept text and writing. Compared ...more
Have you ever watched the Green Hornet, 1930’s version? This is it by another name. Really it is, even down to the vapor guns. The plot so predictable it doesn't compensate for the horrible dialog at all. There are just too many incredible escapes, and even worse solutions.
It’s not really a detective story, because they and you know who did what, when and how. Every act is publicized in advance. It’s just really boring.
Here's an example of the dialog from near the climax. “I regret that I ca
Jeff Miller
This is by the author of the Zorro series. I was quite impressed with the first Zorro book which was quite a good adventure novel. The same talent is displayed in this book.

The Black Star is the master crook who brags of his prowess in letters to the police and newspaper and has pulled of countless crimes. Enter the hero of the story a well-off man and his chauffeur as they match wits against the Black Star as their battles go back and forth.

A good romp and a fun read with enjoyable characters.

Karen Hartshorn
this is kind of a silly detective story! But it was a lot of fun. It is available at and also as an audio recording at both free---so if you just need a funny,old little detective story give it a try.
A wonderful crime-adventure book from the creator of the famous The Mark of Zorro!
Keith Stone
Keith Stone marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2015
Janice marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2015
Janice Meyn
Janice Meyn marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2015
Trisha K.
Trisha K. marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2014
Ellen marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2014
Alesha Kegler
Alesha Kegler marked it as to-read
Sep 05, 2014
Gary Vassallo
Gary Vassallo marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2014
Josh Sinason
Josh Sinason marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2014
Samra marked it as to-read
May 04, 2014
B Hawley
B Hawley marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2014
Zoe Scrivener
Zoe Scrivener marked it as to-read
Jan 19, 2014
Tonee marked it as to-read
Aug 10, 2013
Kirill Biryuzov
Kirill Biryuzov marked it as to-read
Jun 25, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Mark of Zorro The Western Megapack: 25 Classic Western Stories The Cowboy Megapack: 25 Western Tales by Masters Johnston McCulley's Zorro: The Masters Edition The Bat Strikes Again and Again!

Share This Book