A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
10/13/1869 Guy Boothby is born
October 13, 1869. Guy Boothby was born this day in Adelaide, Australia. He spent most of his life in England, where he wrote sensationalist fiction. It was his fate to pioneer in fields where those who came later did better and eclipsed him. His Shanghai-based occultist anti-hero, Dr. Nikola, appeared almost 20 years before Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu. His Simon Carne was a gentleman rogue two years before E.W. Hornung produced A.J. Raffles.