A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
12/20/1918 Joseph Payne Brennan is born
December 20, 1918. On this date Joseph Payne Brennan was born. He wrote hundreds of short stories which have appeared in hundreds of anthologies. His main work was horror, but he wrote close to 20 stories about Lucius Leffing, an occult detective. The supernatural element of the tales ebbed and floed depending on the market he was writing for, but the structure was a salute to Arthur Conan Doyle, with Brennan himself playing the "Watson" role.