A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
5/19/1934 Cornell Woolrich becomes a paid crime writer
May 19, 1934. On this date Detective Fiction Weekly sent Cornell Woolrich a check for "Death Sits In The Dentist's Chair." The story, about a reporter trying to prove that his dentist friend did not poison a patient, appeared in the August fourth issue. It was Woolrich's first sale in the crime market. More than a hundred followed, plus novels. The recluse who lived with his mother in a hotel was a master of paranoia and noir. Oh, he was paid $110 for the story. Good money in those days.
Sources: Nevins, Francis. First You Dream, Then You Die.
Irwin, John T. Unless The Threat of Death is Behind Them