third installment in my occasional stroll through the calendar. Enjoy.
July 31, 1930.
The Detective Story Magazine Hour began broadcasting on radio today.
This is mainly significant because of the show's announcer, a sinister
presence played by an actor whose identity was kept firmly hidden. He
was known only as The Shadow and proved so popular that he spawned his
own show, a magazine, and tons of novels written by Walter B. Gibson.
Bwaa ha ha!
July 31, 1948. The issue of Saturday Evening Post with this date featured the first installment of The D.A. Takes A Chance,
the next to last novel Erle Stanley Gardner wrote about district
attorney Doug Selby. Alas, the prosecutor was never as popular as that
other lawyer Gardner created, the defense attorney whose clients always
turned out to be innocent.
July 31, 1951. On
this date Mr. and Mrs. Rackell came to Nero Wolfe to seek the murderer
of their nephew. "Home to Roost" is probably the high point of Rex
Stout's literary attacks on American Communists. You can find it in his
collection Triple Jeopardy.
July 31, 1986. Stanley
Ellin died on this date. He was one of the greatest author's of
mystery short stories ever. If you don't believe me, try "The Specialty
of the House," "The Payoff," or "You Can't be a Little Girl All Your
July 31, 2001. This date saw the publication of Nightmare in Shining Armor, part of Tamar Myers' series about a shop called the Den of Antiquity. I haven't read it, but I'm guessing it's a cozy.