A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
8/27/1929 Ira Levin is born
August 27, 1929. Ira Levin was born this day in New York City. His first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, won the Edgar Award. But his best-known book is Rosemary's Baby. Levin later said he felt guilty that that horror novel had encouraged some people to believe in the existence of Satan. "Of course, I didn't send back any of the royalty checks." His play Deathtrap won him another Edgar, and was also filmed.