Saturday, October 1, 2016


The so-called "shudder pulps" were still new in 1933, but while this Dime Detective cover looks like part of the trend, and the Oscar Schisgall story "They Die in Flame" may also be, the real headline story, to judge from type size, is a real throwback. Craig Kennedy, Arthur B. Reeve's "scientific detective," had been solving crimes since 1910. Reeve, an early serial screenwriter, was near the end of the line here, and there's some speculation that he didn't actually write the Kennedy stories from this period. This was Kennedy's only appearance in Dime Detective. As the magazine favored long stories, there are only two more stories in this issue besides the Reeve and the Schisgall: John Lawrence's "The Corpse Was Cold" and Leslie T. White's "Stairway of Shadows." The cover by William Reusswig is reason enough to inaugurate the month of October with this magazine.

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