Paul Cain was the pen name used by George Carol Sims (born May 30, 1902 in Des Moines, Iowa, died June 23, 1966 in North Hollywood, California), an American pulp fiction author and screenwriter. He was the author of 17 short stories in Black Mask and one book, Fast One. Fast One is considered to be a landmark of the pulp fiction genre and was called the "high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner" by Raymond Chandler.

Writing under the pen name Peter Ruric, Sims enjoyed a brief career in Hollywood as a screenwriter during the 1930s, including writing the screenplay for the Boris Karloff vehicle The Black Cat. He died in North Hollywood in 1966.

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Fifteen years I've rotted in the darkness. Waited. Not to kill you. To kill your soul. Slowly.
Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Edgar G. Ulmer. Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Bela Lugosi), The Black Cat, confronting his traitorous former commander (1934). Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story.
You hear that, Vitus? The phone is dead. Even the phone is dead.
Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Edgar G. Ulmer. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff), The Black Cat, to Dr. Werdegast, over a game of chess (1934). While playing chess for the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Alison; Mr. Alison has just tried to phone for a taxi; suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story.
The black cat does not die. Those same books, if I am not mistaken, teach that the black cat is deathless. Deathless as evil. It is the origin of the common superstition of the cat with nine lives.
Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Edgar G. Ulmer. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff), The Black Cat, discussing the shooting of a black cat (1934). Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story.

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