Tim Prasil’s Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives

Tim Prasil’s Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives

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A Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives

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1840

Dirk Ericson appeared in Henry William Herbert’s short story “The Haunted Homestead,” published in three parts in The Ladies’ Companion and Literary Expositor:  “The Murder” (13.8 [Aug., 1840] pp. 185-87), “The Mystery” (13.9 [Sept., 1840] pp. 227-30), and “The Revelation” (13.10 [Oct., 1840] pp. 265-68). The story was reprinted in The Night Season: Lost Tales from the Golden Age of Macabre (Rockville, MD: Wildside, 2012), which was also released as an ebook titled The Macabre Megapack: 25 Lost Tales from the Golden Age by the same publisher. Assisted by Asa and Enoch Allen, Ericson investigates a crime with supernatural elements as a founding novice-detective.

1855

Harry Escott appeared in Fitz-James O’Brien’s short story “The Pot of Tulips,” published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (11:66 [Nov., 1855] pp. 807-14). Four years later, Escott reappeared in O’Brien’s short story “What Was It? A Mystery,” published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (18:106 [Mar., 1859] pp. 504-10). Both stories were reprinted in The Poems and Stories of Fitz-James O’Brien (Boston: James R. Osgood, 1881) and in another collection of O’Brien’s work, The Diamond Lens with Other Stories (New York: Charles Scribner Sons, 1885). Either story is easily found in subsequent anthologies or online. Assisted by Jasper Joye in the first story and by Dr. Hammond in the second, Escott investigates supernatural mysteries as a founding specialist-detective.

1859

An anonymous narrator appeared in Robert Bulwer-Lytton’s novella “The Haunted and the Haunters; or, The House and the Brain,” published in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (86:526 [Aug., 1859] pp. 224-45). It was republished in Bulwer-Lytton’s collection A Strange Story; and the Haunted and the Haunters (London: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, 1864, pp. 325-43), though Bulwer-Lytton edited it to make it seem less like “A Strange Story.” This abridged version often appears in subsequent anthologies, but the original versionwas republished about fifty years later (Chicago: Rajput, 1911). This character investigates a supernatural mystery as a founding specialist-detective.

1861

An anonymous narrator appeared in Bayard Taylor’s “The Haunted Shanty,” published in Atlantic Monthly (8:45 [July, 1861] pp. 57-72). It was reprinted in Taylor’s collection At Home and Abroad: A Sketch-book of Life, Scenery and Men (New York: Putnam, 1862, pp. 473-509, Second Series). This character investigates a supernatural mystery as a founding novice-detective with some characteristics of a doctor-detective.

1862

Ralph Henderson appeared in Charles Felix’s novel The Notting Hill Mystery, run in eight installments in Once a Week (7 [Nov. 29th, 1862] pp. 617-22; 7 [Dec. 6, 1862] pp. 645-50; 7 [Dec. 13, 1862] pp. 673-78; 7 [Dec. 20, 1862] pp. 701-07; 8 [Dec. 27, 1862] pp. 1-7; 8 [Jan. 3, 1863] pp. 29-35; 8 [Jan. 10, 1863] pp. 57-64; and 8 [Jan. 17, 1863] pp. 85-92.) The novel was then reprinted in one volume (London: Bradbury & Evans, 1863; London: Saunders, Otley, 1865; London: British Library, 2012). The work is often said to be the first mystery novel in the English language. Charles Felix was a pen name used by Charles Warren Adams. Henderson investigates a crime with supernatural elements as a founding novice-detective.

1866

Mr. Burton appeared in Seeley Regester’s magazine serial The Dead Letter, run in Beadle’s Monthly. The following year, the novel reappeared in one volume (New York: Beadle, 1867), and much later, it was reprinted with another mystery by Regester in The Dead Letter and the Figure Eight (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003). This work is often said to be the first American mystery novel and the first mystery novel written by a woman. Seeley Regester was a pen name used by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor. Assisted by Richard Redfield, Burton investigates a crime as a founding clairvoyant-detective.

1869

Dr. Martin Hesselius appeared in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella “Green Tea,” run in four installments in All the Year Round (citations refer to the journal’s second series: 2:47 [Oct. 23, 1869] pp. 501-04; 2:48 [Oct. 30, 1869] pp. 525-28;  2:49 [Nov. 6, 1869] pp. 548-22; and 2:50 [Nov. 13, 1869] pp. 572-76). Hesselius’s “immense collection of papers” then served as a framing device when “Green Tea” became the first story in Le Fanu’s collection In a Glass Darkly (London: R. Bentley & Son, 1872). The additional works, which do not spotlight Hesselius himself, are “The Familiar,” “Mr. Justice Harbottle,” “The Room in the Dragon Volant,” and “Carmilla.” The collection originally appeared in three volumes — available here, here, and here — and was later republished in one volume (London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1886). Multiple reprints are currently available. Hesselius investigates a supernatural mystery (and collects reports on others) as a founding doctor-detective.

1875

Henry Patterson appeared in Mrs. J. H. Riddell’s short novel The Uninhabited House,  published in Routledge’s Christmas Annual (London: George Routledge & Sons, 1875). It was then reprinted with another novel by Riddell in The Uninhabited House and The Haunted River (London: George Routledge & Sons, 1883, pp. 9-183; London: Chatto & Windus, 1885). More recently, E. F. Bleiler included it in the collection Five Victorian Ghost Novels (New York: Dover, 1971), and Richard Dalby included it in the collection The Haunted River & Three Other Ghostly Novellas (Mountain Ash, Wales: Sarob, 2001). Assisted by Dr. Ned Munro, Patterson investigates a supernatural mystery with criminal roots as a novice-detective.

1882

Theophilus “Phil” Edlyd appeared in Mrs. J. H. Riddell’s short story “The Open Door,” a part of her collection Weird Stories (London: J. Hogg, 1882; London: Chatto & Windus, 1884; London: Home and Van Thal, 1946; Brighton, England: Victorian Secrets, 2009). The story itself was also reprinted in The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003). Edlyd investigates a supernatural mystery as a novice-detective.

1888

An anonymous narrator appeared in B.L. Farjeon’s novel Devlin the Barber (London: Ward and Downey, 1888). Assisted by Devlin, this character investigates a crime with supernatural elements — namely, the clairvoyant Devlin — as a novice-detective.

1889

Constable Lumsden appeared in W.W.’s short story “The Phantom Hearse,” published in The Australian Journal (25:292 [Sept., 1889] pp. 45-52). The story was part of a newspaper series titled The Detective’s Album, which ran from 1867 to 1908. W. W. and Waif Wander were pen names used by Mary Fortune. With Mary Fortune named as author, the story was reprinted in the collection Three Murder Mysteries (Canberra, Australia: Mulini Press, 2009). Lumsden investigates a crime with supernatural elements as a novice-detective.

1893

Ned Emery appeared in B.L. Farjeon’s novel The Last Tenant (New York: F.M. Lupton, 1893New York: Cassell, 1893). Assisted by Bob Millet, Emery investigates a supernatural mystery with criminal roots as a novice-detective.

1894

Dyson appeared in Arthur Machen’s novella “The Inmost Light,” a part of The Great God Pan and The Inmost Light (London: John Lane, 1894, pp. 111-68). It was reprinted in The House of Souls (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922, pp. 245-86). Dyson reappeared in two short stories and a novel, all published in 1895. “The Shining Pyramid” was printed in The Unknown World (2.4 [May, 1895] pp. 148-55; and 2.5 [June, 1895] pp. 197-203), and “The Red Hand” was printed in Chapman’s Magazine of Fiction (2 [Christmas, 1895] pp. 390-418). The novel was The Three Imposters (London: John Lane, 1895; Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1985). “The Inmost Light,” “The Red Hand,” and The Three Imposters were reprinted in The House of Souls (London: Grant Richards, 1906). “The Shining Pyramid” was reprinted in The Shining Pyramid (Chicago: Covici-McGee, 1923, pp. 1-35; London: Martin Secker, 1925). All of the Dyson stories are in The Dyson Chronicles (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2014). Dyson investigates supernatural mysteries as a specialist-detective.

1895

An anonymous narrator appeared in Ralph Adams Cram’s “Sister Maddelena,” a part of his collection Black Spirits and White: A Book of Ghost Stories (Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1895, pp. 83-112). The complete collection was reprinted with James Platt’s Tales of the Supernatural in Shadows Gothic and Grotesque (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2010). The same narrator is featured in the collection’s first four stories, but he only acts as a detective in “Sister Maddelena.” Accompanied more than assisted by Tom Rendel, this character investigates a supernatural mystery with criminal roots as a novice-detective.

1896

An anonymous narrator appeared in H.G. Wells’ short story “The Red Room,” published in The Idler (9.2 [March, 1896] pp. 290-95). It was reprinted in his collection The Plattner Story and Others (London: Methuen, 1897, pp. 165-78). This character investigates a supernatural mystery as a novice-detective.

Lord Syfret appeared in Arabella Kenealy’s series of short stories titled Some of Lord Syfret’s Experiences, run in Ludgate Magazine. Though I am unsure of the order or specific dates, the stories include “Stronheim’s Extremity,” “In a Terrible Grip,” “The Wolf and the Stork,” “The Villa of Simpkins,” “Prince Ranjichatterjee’s Vengeance,” “A Beautiful Vampire,” and “An Expiation.” One newspaper notice says that “In a Terrible Grip” was the second story when it appeared in the July issue of Ludgate, and another notice shows the series was still running in the September issue. While it is tempting to assume Ludgate released the stories on a monthly schedule, I have not found evidence to confirm this. The following year, all seven of Syfret’s stories reappeared in Kenealy’s collection Belinda’s Beaux and Other Stories (London: Bliss, Sands & Co., 1897) and, much later, in Supernatural Detectives 3: Flaxman Low/Lord Syfret (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2011). Sufret investigates supernatural mysteries as a specialist-detective.

1897

Augustus Champnell appeared in Richard Marsh’s novel The Beetle (London: Skeffington, 1897; New York: G.P. Putnam, 1917). Multiple reprints are currently available. Champnell reappeared in the novel The House of Mystery (London: F. V. White, 1898), reprinted in Volume 4 of The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Richard Marsh (Driffield, England: Leonaur, 2012). Both of these novels have supernatural elements, but Champnell also appeared in five short stories that appear to be restricted to “earthly” crimes, though I’m still working to confirm this. “The Lost Letter,” “Lady Majendie’s Disappearance,” “The Burglary at Azalea Villa,” and “The Stolen Treaty” open his collection An Aristocratic Detective (London: Digby, Long, 1900). “The Robbery on the ‘Stormy Petrel’” is in his collection The Seen and the Unseen (London: Methuen, 1900, pp. 247-63). Champnell investigates crimes, some with supernatural elements, as a novice-detective.

Alexander M. Reynold's occult detective in training, the Chief

The Chief appeared in Alexander M. Reynolds’  short story “The Mystery of Djara Singh: A Spiritual Detective Story,” published in Overland Monthly (30:179 [Nov., 1897] pp. 398-406). It was later anthologized in Master Detective Stories, edited by Arthur Neale (New York: E.J. Clode, 1929). The Chief investigates a crime with supernatural elements as a novice-detective.

Dr. Maxwell Dean appeared in Marie Corelli’s novel Ziska: The Problem of a Wicked Soul (Bristol: Arrowsmith, 1897; New York: Stone & Kimball, 1897; Richmond: Valancourt, 2009). Marie Corelli was the pen name of Mary Mackay. Dr. Dean investigates a supernatural mystery as a specialist-detective (but not a doctor-detective because he’s not a medical doctor).

Dr. Abraham Van Helsing appeared in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (London: Archibald Constable, 1897). Multiple reprints are currently available. Van Helsing investigates a supernatural mystery as a doctor-detective.

1898

Flaxman Low appeared in E. and H. Heron’s first series of short stories, run in the UK version of Pearson’s Magazine. The stories are “The Story of the Spainards, Hammersmith” (5.25 [Jan., 1898] pp. 60-69); “The Story of Medhans Lea” (5.26 [Feb., 1989] pp. 137-46); “The Story of the Moor Road” (5.27 [Mar., 1898] pp. 247-56); “The Story of Baelbrow” (5.28 [Apr., 1898] pp. 366-75); “The Story of the Grey House” (5.29 [May, 1898] pp. 473-82); and “The Story of Yand Manor House,” (5.30 [June, 1898] pp. 582-91).The following year, Low appeared in E. and H. Heron’s second series of short stories run in the UK version of Pearson’s Magazine. The stories are “The Story of Sevens Hall” (7.37 [Jan,, 1899] pp. 30-38); “The Story of Saddler’s Croft” (7.38 [Feb., 1899] pp. 176-85); “The Story of No. 1, Karma Crescent” (7.39 [Mar., 1899] pp. 259-67); “The Story of Konner Old House” (7.40 [Apr., 1899] pp. 430-39); “The Story of Crowsedge,” (7.41 [May, 1899] pp. 482-91); and “The Story of Mr. Flaxman Low,” (7.42 [June, 1899] pp. 578-87). All twelve of Low’s stories reappeared in E. and H. Heron’s collection Ghosts: Being the Experiences of Flaxman Low (London: C.A. Pearson, 1899). Multiple reprints are currently available. E. and H. Heron were the pen names used by Kate Pritchard and her son, Hesketh. Low investigates supernatural mysteries as a specialist-detective.

1899

Dr. Hardacre

Dr. Hardarce appeared in Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story “The Brown Hand,” published in The Strand (17:101 [May, 1899] pp. 499-508).  It was reprinted in Doyle’s collection Round the Fire (New York: McClure, 1908, pp. 287-307). Hardacre investigates a supernatural mystery as a doctor-detective.

Stokeman appeared in Thomas Nelson Page’s short story “The Spectre in the Cart,” published in Scribner’s (26:2 [Aug., 1899] pp. 179-89).  It was reprinted in Page’s collection Bred in the Bone (New York: Scribner’s, 1904, pp. 63-102). Stokeman investigates a crime with supernatural elements as a novice-detective.

Enoch F. Gerrish appeared in Gelett Burgess’ short story “The Spectre House,” printed in Black & White (Christmas, 1899). It was reprinted in Harper’s Bazaar (33.1 [Jan. 6, 1900] p. 24) and The Evening Post (61.16 [Jan. 19, 1901] p. 1 of supplement). Gerrish reappeared in the short story “The Levitant,” a part of Burgess’ collection The Burgess Nonsense Book (New York: Frederick Stokes, 1901, pp. 113-24), which includes “The Spectre House” (pp. 125-31). Gerrish next appeared in the short story “The Ghost-Extinguisher,” published in Cosmopolitan (38.6 [Apr., 1905] pp. 689-96) and reprinted in Humorous Ghost Stories (New York: G.P. Putnam’s, 1921, pp. 51-66). Gerrish investigates supernatural mysteries as a comical specialist-detective.

1900

Jim Shorthouse

Jim Shorthouse appeared in Algernon Blackwood’s short story “A Case of Eavesdropping,” published in Pall Mall Magazine (22.92 [Dec., 1900] pp. 558-68). It and three more Shorthouse stories are part of Blackwood’s collection The Empty House and Other Stories  (London: Eveleigh Nash, 1906). The additional stories are “The Empty House,” “With Intent to Steal,” and “The Strange Adventures of a New York Secretary.” In terms of Shorthouse’s character development, the stories seem as if they should proceed in this order: “The Empty House,” “A Case of Eavesdropping, “The Strange Adventures of a New York Secretary,” and “With Intent to Steal.” With this sequence in mind, in the first two stories, Shorthouse investigates supernatural mysteries as a novice-detective. In the last two, he investigates supernatural mysteries as a specialist-detective.

1902

Diana Marburg

Diana Marburg appeared in L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace’s series of short stories, run in the US version of Pearson’s Magazine. The stories are “The Dead Hand” (13:74 [Feb., 1902] pp. 177-86); “Finger Tips” (14:80 [Aug., 1902] pp. 787-97); and “Sir Penn Caryll’s Engagement” (14:84 [Dec., 1902] pp. 1269-77). These are part of Meade’s collection titled The Oracle of Maddox Street (London: Ward, Lock, 1904). First identifying likely criminals via palm-reading, Marburg investigates crimes as a unique type of clairvoyant-detective.

Lionel Dacre appeared in Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story “The Leather Funnel,” published in McClure’s Magazine (20.1 [Nov., 1902] pp. 17-25) and then in The Strand Magazine (25.150 [June, 1903] pp. 648-55). It was reprinted in Doyle’s short story collection Round the Fire Stories (New York: McClure, 1908, pp. 3-19) and then in another of Doyle’s short story collections, The Black Doctor and Other Tales of Terror and Mystery (New York: George H. Doran, 1919, pp. 31-46; London: John Murray, 1922). With an anonymous, clairvoyant narrator as assistant, Dacre investigates a supernatural mystery — namely, dream psychometry — as a clairvoyant-detective.

1904

Andrew Latter appeared in Harold Begbie’s series of short stories, run in London Magazine. The six stories are “The Murder in an Omnibus” (June, 1904); “The Affair of the Duke of Nottingham” (July, 1904); “The Eye at the Drawn Blind” (Aug., 1904); “The Charge Against Lord William Grace” (Sept., 1904); “The Missing Heir” (Oct., 1904); and “The Flying Blindness” (Nov., 1904). The series was reprinted in The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree Press, 2002).  Latter investigates crimes as a clairvoyant-detective.

1907

An anonymous narrator appeared in Algernon Blackwood’s short story “The Woman’s Ghost Story,” a part of his collection The Listener and Other Stories (London: Eveleigh Nash, 1907, pp. 337-50; New York: Alfred Knopf, 1917, pp. 337-50). It was reprinted in The Best Ghost Stories (New York: Modern Library, 1919, pp. 108-17) and in the UK version of Pearson’s Magazine (48:318 [June, 1922] pp. 32-35). This character investigates a supernatural mystery as a specialist-detective.

1908

John Silence appeared in Algernon Blackwood’s collection John Silence, Physician Extraordinary (London: Eveleigh Nash, 1908; Boston: John W. Luce, 1909). The stories are “Case I: A Psychical Invasion,” “Case II: Ancient Sorceries,” “Case III: The Nemesis of Fire, “Case IV: Secret Worship,” and “Case V: The Camp of the Dog.” Another John Silence story titled “A Victim of Higher Space” was printed in Occult Review (Dec., 1914) and then in Day and Night Stories (London: Cassell, 1917; New York: Dutton, 1917, pp. 192-215). Multiple reprints are currently available. Silence investigates supernatural mysteries as both a doctor-detective and a clairvoyant-detective.

1909

"Mr. Perseus" as illustrated in Harper's Magazine.

“Mr. Perseus” appeared Rudyard Kipling’s short story “The House Surgeon,” published in Harper’s Magazine in two parts (119:712 [Sept., 1909] pp. 489-97; and 119:713 [Oct., 1909] pp. 720-26). It was reprinted in Kipling’s collection Actions and Reactions (New York: Doubleday, 1909, pp. 283-322). “Mr. Perseus” investigates a supernatural mystery as a novice-detective.

1910

Thomas Carnaki appeared in William Hope Hodgson’s series of short stories published in various magazines. The first stories are “The Gateway of the Monster” (The Idler, Jan, 1910); “The House among the Laurels (The Idler, Feb., 1910); “The Whistling Room” (The Idler, Mar., 1910); “The Horse of the Invisible” (The Idler, Apr., 1910);  “The Searcher of the End House (The Idler, June 1910); and “The Thing Invisible” (The New Magazine, Jan., 1912). These six stories reappeared in Carnacki, the Ghost Finder (London: Eveleigh Nash, 1913). Hodgson, who died in 1918, had written three more Carnacki stories that were published posthumously. These stories are “The Haunted Jarvee” (The Premier, Mar., 1929); “The Hog” (Weird Tales, Jan., 1947); and “The Find.” All nine of the stories reappear in Carnacki, the Ghost Finder (Sauk City, WS: Mycroft & Moran, 1947). Multiple reprints are currently available. Carnaki investigates supernatural mysteries as a specialist-detective.

1911

Dr. Xavier Wycherley appeared in Max Rittenberg’s series of short stories, published in London Magazine, English Illustrated Magazine, Blue Book, and perhaps others. The stories were reprinted in The Mind-Reader: Being Some Pages from the Strange Life of Dr. Xavier Wycherley (New York: D. Appleton, 1913; Toronto: Bell & Cockburn, 1913) and later in 2 Detectives: Astro, the Master of Mysteries/Dr. Xavier Wycherley, the Mind-Reader (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2011). Wycherley investigates crimes as both a doctor-detective and a clairvoyant-detective.

1912

Semi Dual

Semi Dual appeared in J.U. Giesy and Junius B. Smith’s series of short stories, run in Cavalier. Later stories of the long-running series printed in All-Story, Argosy, and other magazines. A chronological bibliography of these works can be found here. All of the stories will be reprinted in a series of books, starting with the recently released The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, the Occult Detector, Volume 1:  1912 (Boston: Altus Press, 2013). Assisted by Gordon Glace, Semi Dual investigates crimes, some with supernatural elements, as a clairvoyant-detective.

1913

Moris Klaw appeared in Sax Rohmer’s series of short stories, run in The New Magazine. The stories probably ran as follows: “The Tragedies in the Greek Room” (Apr., 1913); “The Potsherd of Anibis” (May, 1913); “The Crusader’s Ax” (June, 1913); “The Ivory Statue” (July, 1913); “The Blue Rajah” (Aug., 1913); “The Whispering Poplars” (Sept., 1913); “The Chord in G” (Oct., 1913); “The Headless Mummies” (Nov., 1913); “The Haunting of Grange” (Dec., 1913); and “The Case of the Veil of Isis” (Jan., 1914). The series was reprinted in the collection The Dream Detective (London: Jarrods, 1920) without “The Chord in G.” This story was reinserted into U.S. version of The Dream Detective (New York: Doubleday, Page, 1925). All of the stories were reprinted in Supernatural Detectives 2: Aylmer Vance/Morris Klaw (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2011). Sax Rohmer was a pen name used by Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward. Assisted by Mr. Searles and by Isis, Klaw’s daughter, Klaw investigates criminal and supernatural mysteries as a clairvoyant-detective.

1914

Aylmer Vance appeared in Claude and Alice Askew’s series of short stories, run in The Weekly Tale-Teller. The stories are “The Invader” (July 4, 1914); “The Stranger” (July 11, 1914); “Lady Greenselves” (July 18, 1914); “The Unquenchable Fire” (July 25, 1914); “The Vampire” (Aug. 1, 1914); “The Boy of Blackstock” (Aug. 8, 1914); “The Insoluble Bond” (Aug. 15, 1914); and “The Fear” (Aug. 22, 1914). All of the stories were reprinted in Aylmer Vance: Ghost-seer (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree Press, 1998; Hertfordshire, England: Wordsworth, 2006) and in Supernatural Detectives 2: Aylmer Vance/Morris Klaw (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2011). Assisted by Dexter, who is clairvoyant, Vance investigates supernatural mysteries as a specialist-detective.

1915

Lester Stukeley appeared in Jessie Douglas Kerruish’s short story “The Swaying Vision,” printed in The Weekly Tale-Teller (Jan. 16, 1915). The story was reprinted in The Ash-Tree Press Annual Macabre 1997 (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree Press, 1997). Stukeley investigates a supernatural mystery as a specialist-detective.

1916

Dr. James Lewis appeared in Arthur Machen’s novel The Great Terror, serialized in the London Evening News (Oct. 16-31, 1916). It was then published as The Terror: A Fantasy (London: Duckworth, 1917) and as The Terror: A Mystery (New York: Robert M. McBride, 1917). An abridged version was published as “The Coming of the Terror” in Century Magazine (94.6 [Oct., 1917] pp. 801-25). Lewis investigates a supernatural mystery as a doctor-detective.

1917

Dr. John Durston appeared in William Le Queux’s collection The Rainbow Mystery: Chronicles of a Colour-Criminologist Recorded by His Secretary (London: Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, 1917). The stories were reprinted in Supernatural Detectives 5: The Colour-Criminologist/From Whose Bourne (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2012). Durston investigates crimes as both a doctor-detective and a clairvoyant-detective.

Simon Iff appeared in Edward Kelly’s series of short stories titled The Scrutinies of Simon Iff, run in The International. The stories are “Big Game” (Sept., 1917); “The Artistic Temperament” (Oct., 1917); “Outside the Bank’s Routine” (Nov., 1917); “The Conduct of John Briggs” (Dec., 1917); “Not Good Enough” (Jan., 1918); and “Ineligible” (Feb., 1918). Edward Kelly was a pen name of Aleister Crowley, a name he dropped when Iff next appeared in the novel Moonchild (London: Mandrake, 1929). Iff reappears in three collections that were published posthumously: Simon Iff in America (twelve stories), Simon Iff Abroad (three stories extant), and Simon Iff, Psychoanalyst (two stories extant). The stories were reprinted in Simon Iff Stories and Other Works (Hertfordshire, England: Wordsworth, 2012) and can be read online here. Iff investigates crimes as a specialist-detective.

Dr. Arnold Rhymer appeared in Uel Key’s series of short stories, run in the UK version of Pearson’s Magazine. Five of the stories were reprinted in The Broken Fang and Other Experiences of a Specialist in Spooks (London: Hodder & Stouchton, 1920). Those stories are “The Broken Fang,” “The Shrouded Dome,” “A Post-Mortem Reversal,” “A Prehistoric Vendetta,” and “A Spring of Sweet Briar.” Rhymer then appeared in a novel titled Yellow Death: A Tale of Occult Mysteries, Recording a Further Experience of Professor Rhymer the ‘Spook’ Specialist (London: Books Limited, 1921). At least two more Rhymer short stories were then printed in the UK version of Pearson’s: “The Inaudible Sound” (51.301 [Jan., 1921] pp.7-15) and “Buried Needles” (53.314 [Feb. 1922] pp. 143-51). Rhymer investigates supernatural mysteries as a doctor-detective.

1918

Solange Fontaine appeared in F. Tennyson Jesse’s series of short stories, run in Premier Magazine. I am still researching the original publication dates, but the first set of stories appear to be “Mademoiselle Lamotte of the Mantles,” “The Lovers of St. Lys,” “Emma-Brother and Susie-Brother,” “The Green Parrakeet,” “The Mother’s Heart,” “What Happened at Bout-du-Monde,” “The Sanatorium,” and “The Railway Carriage.” “Mademoiselle Lamotte of the Mantles” was also published in Metropolitan (Aug. 1918). “The Lovers of St. Lys” was also published in Metropolitan (Aug. 1919) and then reprinted in Ms. Murder:  The Best Mysteries Featuring Women Detectives, by the Top Women Writers (Secaucus, NJ: Citadel, 1989). All six stories were reprinted in The Adventures of Solange Fontaine (London: Thomas Carnacki, 1995). Jesse next wrote another set of Fontaine stories: “The Black Veil,” “The Pedlar,” “The Reprieve,” “The Canary,” and “Lot’s Wife.” “The Black Veil” and “The Pedlar” both appeared in The London Magazine (respectively, Sept., 1929, and Dec., 1929). All five later works were reprinted in The Solange Stories (London: Heinemann, 1931; New York: Macmillian, 1931.) Fontaine investigates crimes as a clairvoyant-detective.

1919

Lincoln Osgood appeared in Gerald Biss’s novel The Door of the Unreal (London: Eveleigh Nash, 1919; New York: G.P. Putnam, 1920.) Assisted by Fitzroy Manders, Osgood investigates a supernatural mystery as a specialist detective.

Norton Vyse appeared in Rose Champion De Crespigny’s series of short stories, run in Premier Magazine. The stories are “The Moving Finger” (Sept. 26, 1919); “The Shears of Atropos” (Oct. 10, 1919); “The Villa on the Bordereve Road” (Oct. 24, 1919); “The Witness in the Wood” (Nov. 7, 1919); “The Case of Mr. Fitzgordon” (Nov. 21, 1919); and “The Voice” (Dec. 5, 1919). The stories were reprinted in Norton Vyse, Psychic (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree Press, 1999). Vyse investigates supernatural mysteries as a clairvoyant-detective.

1920

Shiela Crerar appeared in Ella M. Scrymour’s series of short stories, run in The Blue Magazine. The stories are “The Eyes of Doom” (May, 1920); “The Death Vapour”(June, 1920); “The Room of Fear” (July, 1920); “The Phantom Isle” (Aug., 1920); “The Werewolf of Rannoch” (Sept., 1920); and “The Wraith of Fergus McGinty” (Oct., 1920). The stories were reprinted in Shiela Crerar, Psychic Investigator (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree Press, 2006) and in Supernatural Detectives 4: Shiela Crerar/Luna Bartendale & The Undying Monster (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2012). They are also online here.  Crerar investigates supernatural mysteries as a clairvoyant-detective.

Derek Scarpe

Derek Scarpe appeared in two of A.M. Burrage’s short stories, run in The Novel Magazine. The stories are “The Severed Head” (31:183 [June, 1920] pp. 61-66) and “The House of Treburyan” (31:184 [July, 1920] pp. 371-76). They were reprinted in The Occult Files of Francis Chard:  Some Ghost Stories (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree, 1996), which features Burrage’s other occult detective, Francis Chard. Scarpe investigates supernatural mysteries as a specialist-detective.

1921

John Barron appeared in W.J. Wintle’s short story “The Voice in the Night,” a part of his collection Ghost Gleams: Tales of the Uncanny (London: Heath Cranton, 1921; Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree, 1999). Barron investigates a supernatural mystery as a novice detective.

1922

Luna Bartendale appeared in Jessie Douglas Kerruish’s novel The Undying Monster:  A Tale of the Fifth Dimension (London: Heath Cranton, 1922; New York: Macmillan, 1936). It was republished in Supernatural Detectives 4: Shiela Crerar/Luna Bartendale & The Undying Monster (Greenville, OH: Coachwhip, 2012). Bartendale investigates a supernatural mystery as a clairvoyant-detective.

Dr. John Richard Taverner appeared in Dion Fortune’s series of six short stories, run in Royal Magazine. Eleven stories were then printed in the collection The Secrets of Dr. Taverner (London: Noel Douglas, 1926). However, there are twelve Dr. Taverner stories in all. They are “Blood Lust,” “The Return of the Ritual,” “The Man Who Sought,” “The Soul That Would Not Be Born,” “The Scented Poppies,” “The Death Hound,” “A Daughter of Pan,” “The Subletting of the Mansion,” “Recalled,” “The Sea Lure,” “The Power House,” and “Son of the Night.” Multiple reprints of the complete collection are available, and the stories are online here. Dion Fortune was the pen name of Violet Mary Firth. Assisted by Dr. Rhodes, Taverner investigates supernatural mysteries as a doctor-detective.

Damon Vane appeared in Elliot O’Donnell’s series of short stories, which began in Novel Magazine. The first story is titled “The Seventh Stair” (May, 1922). Specifics on this story and the rest are difficult to find, and I am still investigating this character.

1925

DeGrandinJules de Grandin appeared in Seabury Quinn’s long-running series of short stories, novellas, and one novel printed in Weird Tales. The series begins with “The Horror on the Links” (Weird Tales 6:4 [Oct., 1925]) and ends with “The Ring of Bastet” (Weird Tales 43:6  [Sept., 1951]). Ten of the stories were reprinted in the collection The Phantom Fighter: 10 Memoirs of Jules Grandin, Sometime Member of La Surete General, la Faculte de Medicine Legal de Paris, etc., etc. (Sauk City, WI: Mycroft and Moran, 1966). Many of the stories — along with The Devil’s Bride, Quinn’s novel featuring de Grandin — were reprinted in The Adventures of Jules de Grandin (New York: Popular Library, 1976); The Casebook of Jules de Grandin (New York: Popular Library, 1976); The Skeleton Closet of Jules de Grandin (New York: Popular Library, 1976); The Devil’s Bride (New York: Popular Library, 1976); The Hellfire Files of Jules de Grandin (New York: Popular Library, 1976); and The Horror Chambers of Jules de Grandin (New York: Popular Library, 1977). The entire collection of de Grandin stories was published in a three volume set titled The Compleat Adventures of Jules de Grandin  (Shelburne, ON: Battered Silicon Disbatch Box, 2001). Assisted by Dr. Trowbridge, de Grandin investigates supernatural mysteries as a doctor-detective.

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